Sunday, September 8, 2013

Review: The Bell Between Worlds (The Mirror Chronicles #1) by Ian Johnstone

The Bell Between Worlds (The Mirror Chronicles #1)
 
A glorious epic fantasy in the grand tradition of C.S. Lewis and Philip Pullman, and a major publishing event, The Mirror Chronicles will take you into another world, and on the adventure of your lifetime…

Half of your soul is missing. The lost part is in the mirror. And unless Sylas Tate can unite the two worlds, you will never be whole again.

Sylas Tate leads a lonely existence since his mother died. But then the tolling of a giant bell draws him into another world known as the Other, where he discovers not only that he has an inborn talent for magic, but also that his mother might just have come from this strange parallel place. Meanwhile, evil forces are stirring, and an astounding revelation awaits Sylas: that the Other is a mirror of our world, and every person here has their counterpart there, known as a Glimmer. As violence looms and the stakes get higher, Sylas must seek out his Glimmer, and unite the two halves of his soul – otherwise the entire universe may fall...
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Publication Date: June 6, 2013
 
 
Kat's Review
 
This book is pitched as an epic fantasy, and it really is. It begins with poor Sylas, living with his miserable Uncle and mourning the untimely death of his mother. When he wanders into a shop that popped up in an abandoned storefront, he's introduced to some objects that show him there's more to the world than meets the eye. When he learns that his mother isn't actually dead, Sylas begins questioning everything he thought was true.
 
Sylas finds himself compelled to follow the ringing of the bell that no one else can hear, and finds himself in a world that mirrors his own. He realizes that he is the key to saving the Universe, and sets off on a pretty amazing adventure to fulfill his destiny.
 
This is a great adventure book for kids. It's very long, so it's not the type of book a kid will burn through in a few nights, but it would be a great book to read together at night before bed, allowing for some time to digest all of the ideas presented here. It's no so complex that kids would have trouble following along, but it's dense in ideas and imagery, and best read at a pace that allows for some digestion of the trickier story elements. I'm looking forward to my son being old enough to read this with me!
 
Kat's Rating: A Good Read
 
This is truly the beginning of what promises to be a great fantasy series for kids, but also enjoyable for teens and adults.
 
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

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