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The Book of the Wise

(Countryside #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  293 reviews
You have a power within you, one that is within everyone...It s the same power that fills that building, that keeps that tree alive...and the same power that has attracted your attention...I know it s all a bit strange to you, but I assure you it is quite real...

Eleven-year-old Luke Rayburn has never seen a skyline without skyscrapers or fallen asleep to anything but the
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published December 2nd 2013 by Village Green Press, LLC (first published July 16th 2013)
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Frankie Lovely
*I was sent a free digital copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review*

I failed ... I just couldn't with this anymore. Neither me nor the little one were interested in this very slow moving and wordy/over descriptive book.

DNF at 60%
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. **
So first of all my thanks go to J.T. Cope IV! Thanks a lot for giving me the opportunity to dive into the world of Countryside. It was an enjoyable and entertaining ride!

This said, I’m heading straight to my review! So let the fun begin! ;-)

It’s been a long time I last read a fantasy book and if I’m entirely honest it was actually kind of refreshing to read something different for a change. I know this
*I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

*Review en español en mi blog: https://backstreetbooksblog.wordpress...

"Countryside" is a story that surprised me in the nicest way. The book's main audience is children between the age of 9 to 12 but honestly, anyone who enjoys a great magical story could love it.
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Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
** I received a free electronic version of this book in exchange for an honest review. **

I first read the prologue of this book several months ago but it was so confusing and contained so many different names (I counted 12) in just a few pages that didn't really make me want to read more.
I only picked it up again after some time and decided to give it a second chance seeing as I had agreed to review it.
I'm afraid it didn't captivate me the second time around either. The a
Kailyn Kausen
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Full review below:
3/5 stars

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I started this book a long time ago, like several months ago, but school got in the way, making it so I could, at most, read only a chapter a day which absolutely sucks. I hate reading that way. I would rather not read for a week and then get to spend an entire day reading. All of this ten pages here, ten pages there business doesn't work for
Serenia LeFay
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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* J.T. Cope IV generously sent me a digital copy of this book for free in exchange of an honest review. He was kind enough to sent me 3 different formats of the ebook in order for me to choose the one that served me better and for that I am really thankful :) *

But without further ado let's talk about "Countryside: The Book of the Wise"! I want to give this book 3.8/5 stars. I really enjoyed the mysterious world of Countryside and the concept of the Holdings and the Flame. I loved how J.T. Cope
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. The author J.T. Cope reached out to me and asked if I would read this book in exchange for an honest review and I jumped at the chance. As I started to read, I was not sure how I was going to like the book. It starts out a bit confusing and slow. The confusion is cleared up as you read and the book picks up speed rather quickly. I like this little pocket universe world that Mr. Cope has created. It has that Narnia meets Fablehaven sort of feel to me. I was rather impres ...more
Lorraine Southern
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I was sent a free digital copy of this book by the author via Goodreads in return for an honest review**

Yes, as some reviewers have said, this was a little slow to start and a little slow throughout in places. But, as this is the first installment in a series, then that is perfectly understandable as the author is setting up characters and back stories and history with a nicely descriptive flair. Plus, where it was slow it still wasn't boring. It held my interest throughout, even t
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The first novel by its writer, I find it well designed and its story is really interesting. It is totally recommended for fans of Percy Jackson (things my dear boy are not as you thought they were) and Narnia (mother nature) and of course for any fans of magic!!! I just found some parts of it a bit slow...

I am a huge fan of fantasy, though for the time I prefer something more realistic. However, it's a great adventure for young readers!!!
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. This is a great middle grade fantasy book that is great for people who enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia, Fablehaven, Percy Jackson, or The Harry Potter series. I personally enjoyed all of those series so this was the perfect book for me.

One thing that I really enjoyed about this story was the setting. Countryside is such a magical and beautiful place to read about. J.T. Cope did a great job at writing a wa
Thomas Clairmont
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received Countryside : The Book of the Wise, book 1 in the series from the author in return for an honest review. So first off all, I wanted to start this review by saying a huge thank you to J.T. Cope for being such an amazing and kind author!

I’ve seen a lot of comments and reviews on how this book is like Narnia, Percy Jackson, or even Harry Potter and now I totally get it why! There is definitely some magical vibes in this book, so yes I really enjoyed reading it even though it
Dayle (the literary llama)
RATING: ★★★☆☆ / 3 age appropriate stars!

REVIEW: I don't normally read middle-grade books so as I was making my through the first Countryside book, I was of two minds: Would I buy this for an 11 year-old as a gift? And, Would this also capture the attention of an adult, is it versatile?

Anytime I read something that isn't necessarily in my age range, I always think in terms of who would enjoy this, who can I recommend it to or buy it for? That's just how my brain works. Cou
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[I received a free copy of the E-Book from the author in exchange for an honest review]

Firstly, my thanks to J.T. Cope for giving me the opportunity to read this story. I have not read any middle grade in a long time other than Rick Riordan’s newest books, and I think this has lessen my enjoyment of this. If I was younger, or I was reading more middle grade, I think I will have given this a five star. However, I still really enjoyed the world he created and love Luke and his friends.
Halley Hopson
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!

I actually very much enjoyed this middle grade novel; the author contacted me here on goodreads and pitched it as a novel reminiscent of Percy Jackson and The Chronicles of Narnia. While I definitely see the comparison this story is definitely its own thing with an incredibly interesting magic system and delightful characters to root for.

The magic in this world consists of somethi
Ten year-old Luke Rayburn’s life is about to be turned upside-down when he begins to hear voices inside his head and encounters strange men draped in shadows seeking the “Book of the Wise”. Fearing for Luke’s safety, his parents decide that the family will go live with Grandma and Grandpa Rayburn in a town called Countryside; while Luke’s father goes to work elsewhere. As danger lurks nearby, Luke and his siblings will soon discover another world they never knew existed: Countryside.

Brex (Bookosaurus_Rex)

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

There were some things I loved about this book, and some things that I hope to see developed in the subsequent ones. However, to be fair, it’s aimed at quite a younger audience than myself. My nieces, 9 and 11, would most likely enjoy it very much!


Luke is a wonderful young man. He’s polite and respectful, and takes the right type of action when faced with injustic
Gordon Long
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Exposition is one of the toughest challenges an author faces. Getting all that necessary information across while keeping the story moving is a real juggling act. When you write in the “Normal child finds out he’s not so normal” genre, you have to be doubly careful.
First you must clue us in on the “normal” world the main character starts in. Then, just when that’s done, the action moves to the magical world, and the description starts all over again. Sure, the magical world is a
James Mathersonn
4 DAYS TO READ. That should give you an idea of how good the book was. The only thing that caught in my craw was the constant reminder that Texans wear jeans. Maybe to most, that wont be an issue. The ending left me wanting to purchase the second book right then and their but I'll wait at least until the morning. Too much is still unknown and left to be read about in the next book. This is a good thing. I don't like a book that needs to rush. Great character build up. The details about the setti ...more
Sarah Tinlin
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When young Luke Rayburn finds himself the target of dark and mysterious figures, his family is forced to face a dangerous but beautiful dimension of reality. Countryside blends familiar elements of Texan land and culture with fantastical creatures and events in a way that will leave you pondering the unseen aspects of human existence. I highly recommend this book for children and the child at heart!

Note: Mr. Cope sent me this book for free in return for an honest review. What I have
David Barker
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

The author reached out to me because I have been working through the Percy Jackson series (at the behest of my students). As a general rule, I actually don't read much fantasy, especially young adult fantasy. This book was a pleasant surprise. It started off slow as it introduced you to a world. But once the story settled into its self, it was paced well. It had a good magical system that relied on disciplines -- which is
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I received Countryside from the author in return for an honest review. There were parts of the book that I really enjoyed, and other parts that I just skimmed through. I thought many of the football details could have been edited down some, but football doesn't interest me. However, the football details will probably keep most middle school boys reading. I also felt that the book would have benefited from more character development and editing. However, I liked the premise of the book. The story ...more
Emily Housworth
Received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks to the author for letting me review this book for him! This was a creative story, and I can see a young kid really enjoying it. I think the author has a gift for writing, and I look forward to seeing him fine-tune his craft as he gets more experience and feedback.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I am well past my middle school years, I will say I very much enjoyed this book. A little less complicated than many of the books I have been reading, but sometimes that is exactly what you need. Yes, I enjoyed this book, and thinking of my middle school self I would have very much enjoyed delving into the fantasy world of Countryside.

I will make this note, I am the sort of person who can enjoy many different genres of books, all sizes, and paces of books. I know not everyone
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book is clearly aimed at teeneagers, not adults so bear that in mind.

The story is about a young boy taken out of the world and surroundings of the world he was born (some plave in the US) into and placed into the world he belongs in, Countryside. A world most people won't know exists. Given the subject matter, the new world is full of mystery and magic (though called Flame in the world of the book). A strange world where some things are quite old, 19th Century or so, and some
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally read a book series with a male main character, but I have to admit I'm very glad I delved into the world of Countryside with Luke Rayburn and his family.

The Prologue and the first couple chapters were a bit hard to follow... I think the onslaught of descriptions and visuals was a bit much for someone unfamiliar with the Rayburn family or Countryside life. HOWEVER, once the introductory bits were done with, the story really unfolded and held my attention with each page!

Adreana M.
The author of the book was quite courteous and sent me an e-book version in return for an honest review. I would like to thank Mr. Cope for sending me this book.

I thought this book was very creative and is certainly appropriate for the audience to who it is aimed. I liked the action and adventure elements in the book and thought it was interesting. The book itself was hard to follow in some parts. The prologue was a bit confusing and it took me a while to understand, but as the book progressed
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I had a lot of fun reading it.
Christie Crook
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It reminds me a bit of Fablehaven but it has a whole world of its own. I love how it is a wonderful adventure and doesn’t have anything that I wouldn’t want my children reading. I am looking forward to reading the next one!
Tania Schoolcraft
Countryside - The Book of the Wise grabbed my attention from the first chapter and kept me enthralled through the entire story. I loved the blending of different beliefs and mythologies. J. T. Cope IV is a writer I will definitely look forward to reading other books by.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reading is an exchange of sorts- I put the time and energy into it, and I receive ideas and stories that will make me feel something.
I didn’t feel anything with this book, nor did I have any ‘ah ha’ moments.
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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J.T. Cope IV was born in Texas, and grew up in the small farming community of Wheelock, living on land that had been in the family for over a century. In 2002 J.T. graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana with a bachelor's degree in physics. This college was also where J.T. met his beautiful wife, Katie. He joined the United States Marine Corps in January 2003 and was marri

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