The Accidental Apprentice
The last thing Barclay Thorne ever wanted was an adventure.
Thankfully, as an apprentice to the town’s mushroom farmer, Barclay need only work hard and follow the rules to one day become the head mushroom farmer himself. No danger required. But then Barclay accidentally br ...more
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Barclay Thorne is a mushroom farmer apprentice in Dullshire, a little town with a lot of rules. With his wild hair and dirty nails, he doesn't seem to fit in, but he certainly tries. When he breaks another rule by entering the ...more
CUTE! Wilderlore is just what you would expect from a middle-grade: quirky characters, imaginative world, and a light-hearted plot that keeps moving.
I think anyone within the target audience range will be sure to enjoy this How to Train Your Dragon meets Pokemon-esque novel featuring mythical creatures, not just dragons, and a magic community.
The story’s pacing is well thought out with our main character, Barclay ...more
Barclay, our main character, is kinda a unicorn of a middle-grade character. Most middle-grade main characters in fantasy/adventure books *crave* adventure. They seek out the danger and magic that so often comes in fantasy worlds. Barclay, however, is thrust into this world without cons ...more
3.5 ish stars rounded up.
I thought this was a pretty fun fantasy adventure. Younger me would have liked it very much. If you like Pokemon and the idea of monster collecting you’ll be right at home. (At least what I know of the Pokemon plot.) There’s many similarities to the Naruto story line as well, especially in regard to the exam and the hero’s backstory, although the mc’s personality is a polar opposite to Naruto’s.
I was surprised by one of th ...more
Wilderlore is a cute and quirky middle-grade novel featuring charming characters, an imaginative world, and a light-hearted plot. It will be perfect for fans of How to Train Your Dragon and Pokemon. This is a strong start to a great new fantasy series.
The Accidental Apprentice was such an amazing book full of whimsical charm. The theme was of the novel really profound, and you could see it all throughout the book. The world building was so, so amazing! I felt like I was there with all of the characters. Sycomore is described perfectly, and the woods are so full of imagery. It's got amazing elements targeted at animal lovers and fantasy lovers, plus it's got a reluctant hero, a confident heroin and wonderful friendships. Amand...more
I’m such a big lover of Amanda’s books since I got an early copy of her stand-alone Daughter of the Burning City. So, I was super excited to see her take a leap in a new direction with her first middle grade series! She hit this one out of the park.
We meet Barclay Thorne as a mushroom farmer in Dullshire, where there’s rules around every cor ...more
The Accidental Apprentice (Wilderlore #1) by Amanda Foody
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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away t ...more
TW: violence, bullying, mentions of death/murder
CW: dead parents
This is like a whole new Pokemon world: a boy bonding with a more-or-less cute monster in a world where they run wild until they're "tamed" by humans. It's not exactly Ash's story, but it's close. Add to that the big villain being a collector of monsters (although slightly smarter than Team Rocket) and the boy making friends ...more
I love reading middle-grade fantasy adventures, and “The Accidental Apprentice” did not disappoint.
Barclay is the perfect character for this type of novel. He is confused, scared, and practically thrown out of Dullshire with the townspeople carrying pitchforks. Yet, he also stays hopeful and strong-minded to fix everything. The author progressed him in a fluid manner where you see him grow and like the Lore in Sycomore. He sh ...more
The story followed Barclay Thorne, a mushroom farmer apprentice in Dullshire. He was an orphan, and to fit in, all he had to do was to follow the town's rules. However, he unintentionally bonded with a Beast when he entered the forbidden Woods, which resulted in Ba ...more
The Accidental Apprentice is the first book in a new series for middle grade readers by Amanda Foody. Due out 30th March 2021 from Simon & Schuster on their Margaret K. McElderry imprint, it's 304 pages and will be available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats.
This is an action packed, well paced, rollicking adventure. It's aimed at middle grade readers (approximately grades 3-7) but definitely enjoyable as an all ages read. The author is gift ...more
Amanda Foody (the author of the Ace of Shades trilogy and Daughter of the Burning City) is one of my favourite authors of all time. When I saw the first book in her new middle-grade series was available for request on Netgalley, I was so excited. I was ecstatic when I got approved.
Going into this book, I had high hopes for it to become a new favourite, and it did! The Accid ...more
Finally, a middle grade fantasy, which lets imagination gallop free while facing beasts, defeating all odds and simply having a good time.
Barclay is a mushroom farming apprentice—the mushroom farming apprentice. He's determined to become the best mushroom farmer in his town, one in which rules are very important and keep any excitement at bay. While searching for a certain mushroom, the unthinkable happens, and Barclay finds himself breaking two rules: he's deep in the forest and facing a Lore. ...more
Barclay Thorne carries the weight of many worries. He was orphaned after a beast killed his parents and has to work as an apprentice to a mushroom farmer for meals and shelter. He worries about making his deceased parents proud of him. Dullshire (his village) regularly posts new rules he has to remember (sneezing is prohibited in the town square). And then there are all the creatures in ...more
2021 has been the best year for reading for me. I have found so many novels in my favorite genres that I fell completely in love with and that are replacing books that I have had on my favorites list for years. The Accidental Apprentice is the first Middle-Grade novel I have read this year and it is easily one of the best MG series openers I have ever ...more
Thank you, NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC of The Accidental Apprentice in exchange for an honest review. I love a good middle-grade story. So, when I learned that Foody (who gained my love and admiration with her YA books) was releasing a middle-grade series, I was beyond excited.
The Accidental Apprentice follows Barclay Thorne when his life changes. He’s an orphan that lives in a town full of rules. He’s working as an apprentice to the town’s mushroo ...more
First, is Barclay’s childhood home in Dullshire, a place where rules rein and those who do not follow the rules are ostracized—at best. Barclay is an orphan with no one to raise him or even guide him. All of Dullshire looks down upon “Barclay-the-orphan.” Still, Dullshire is the only home Ba ...more
There’s a lot that’s fun about this one. Magic is called lore - which I think is refreshing. People can bond with beasts - which gives them lore to use and it’s kinda like a cute side kick. There are tons of beasts to learn about which inhabit this world. There’s a tournament if sorts which the main character, Barclay, must compete in. It’s great for kiddos who like How to Trai ...more
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