The epic fantasy saga that began with The Bell Between the Worlds is continued in this exciting new episode. Young Sylas Tate was drawn into the Other on his mother’s death, a strange parallel world that is both very like our own, and totally different. He and a girl called Naeo discovered they have special powers, which brought them up against the dark lord Thoth. Now the stakes are really raised as Thoth’s army threatens both worlds. This is classic fantasy stuff, really well done, and fans of Tolkien or Garth Nix will find much to love in these ambitious adventure stories. ~ Andrea Reece
The second volume in an epic fantasy trilogy that will thrill everyone who loves rich stories of wonder and magic. Together, they have unimaginable power. But unless they part, that power may destroy them. As the dark lord Thoth raises a monstrous army, Sylas and Naeo discover that their new-found power could also be their undoing. At the same time, Sylas longs to find his mother, and Naeo her father. So begins a mirrored quest that will bring Naeo into our world of science and take Sylas deep into the magic of the Other. They both hope to find the one the other loves, but also the ultimate truth: of our broken worlds and divided souls, of prophecy and of Sylas and Naeo's wondrous power. But it's a race against time. Even as they being their journey, Thoth's creatures mass at the gateways between our worlds - at the ancient circles of stone...War is coming and unless Sylas and Naeo can stop it, it may destroy us all.
Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the series, The Bell Between Worlds. You can click here to read their full reviews.
Praise for The Mirror Chronicles - The Bell Between Worlds:
I became totally immersed in an amazing world of painted words ... breathtaking and an absolute joy to read... A book that you will reflect on for the rest of your life. Just like when you first read the Hobbit or Sabriel or took your first stroll along the story path of Terry Pratchett... Fantastically exciting... Quite simply... Possibly the best book that I have read - or will read - this year. Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books
Dramatic and with perils that are both real and colourfully described. Highly recommended. The Bookbag
Not since Harry Potter have I devoured a fantasy world as much as this. I can tell Ian Johnstone will sit high up on the fantasy author list.Readaraptor
Outstanding... Epic stuff. The best ‘classic’ fantasy I have come across so far from the last 14 years. Magic Fiction Since Potter
A beautifully written book, featuring a vividly imagined alternative world... Jaw-dropping. Through the Gateway
Imaginative, intriguing and finely written. Great start to a new fantasy adventure trilogy. Very much looking forward to book two. Goodreads
|Publication date:||2nd July 2015|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
Ian Johnstone read English Literature at Cambridge University before joining Macmillan, where he worked in a variety of senior marketing, sales, editorial and management roles. He left publishing in 2005 to pursue an interest in writing: The Mirror Chronicles is the astonishing result. Ian lives in Oxford with his family.More About Ian Johnstone
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