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There were a few details I'd hope would have been fleshed out a bit more before the end but it seemed obvious to me that they will be addressed in the next book s. The ending was a bit abrupt too but when I read the final words I already knew I would be tagging along for however many more adventures Sylas needs to go on. There were solid life lessons and good morals instilled in here but it was done with a light touch and in very good taste.
The Mirror Chronicles promises to be an addictive and compelling series for the young and young at heart! For this and other reviews like it- visit my blog Book review will be posted on my blog first This book is definitely the belle of the ball - it is taking fantasy literature literally by storm this year. It is a book that, in my opinion, should certainly see Ian's name in the fantasy hall of fame. After flying through the first chapter I had a tingling feeling that this book was going to be really special and I was not wrong.
The more that I read, the more I became totally immersed in an amazing Book review will be posted on my blog first The more that I read, the more I became totally immersed in an amazing world of painted words - it is a story that's breathtaking and an absolute joy to read. I feel that it will be 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. It's a reading journey that will take you to another world and one that you will remember for a very long time.
Fantastically exciting to read, but you may feel a great sense of loss when it has ended, as I did. Sylas Tate leads a lonely existence since the death of his mother - it is not a happy life. However, an figment of his own imagination draws him to a strange shop called The Shop of Things. There he has an encounter with an even stranger owner, Mr Zhi, who from that point onwards whips the story up into a thrilling, action-packed ride. The tolling of the giant bell draws both him and the reader into another world known as the' Other'.
Here he discovers that, not only does he have an inborn talent for the nature-influenced magic, but that his mother might also have come from this strange parallel place. Meanwhile, evil forces are stirring and an even more astounding revelation awaits Sylas regarding the true nature of the Other.
As violence looms and the stakes get ever higher, Sylas must seek out a girl called Naeo who might just be the other half of his soul — otherwise the entire universe may fall… This story is beautifully written and captured through fantastic imagination. Ambitious in its telling, it is has a whole host of characters that you will fall in love with. Humour and humanity, compassion and despair, dark and light - all are classic attributes found within this story. It will leave your senses and emotions running on autopilot whilst the timely action sequences will leave you in awe. One particularly fantastic part of the story can be found in the chapter entitled 'Nature's Song'.
This is the best chapter that I have read in a very long time - magical, vivid and exhilarating.
This is the first in what promises to be an interesting series,The Mirror Chronicle. It tells the story of Sylas Tate who lives in a world similar to our own, with his uncle Tobias Tate in a place called Gabblety Row. Even with the legion of slavering beasts out to kill him, Sylas is better off in the Other, as it is a place where he can start being the bold, kind, stouthearted boy he was clearly always meant to be rather than the stifled, silent, abused child his cruel uncle has turned him into. Select a valid country. Delivery times may vary, especially during peak periods.
It was so good that I actually read it twice and enjoyed it equally as much the second time. This is a debut epic masterpiece which is due to be published in June. Quite simply, it is possibly the best book that I have or will read this year. I really can't wait to see what comes next View 2 comments. A glorious epic fantasy in the grand tradition of CS 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. But then the tolling of a giant bell draws him into another world known as the Other, where he discovers not onl A glorious epic fantasy in the grand tradition of CS 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.
As violence looms and the stakes get ever higher, Sylas must seek out the other half of his soul — otherwise the entire universe may fall… This book had a lot to live up to; it has been compared to Phillip Pullmans brilliant series Dark Materials, that I still crave more of, and classics such as Narnia. When that is done, it gives expectations that are often broken and not fulfilled. The Mirror Chronicles introduces us to Sylas Tate, who is living with his uncle in Gabblety Row, the description of which leaves me wanting to explore this place much more, and especially the Shop of Things, that he enters and in which he discovers some amazing things.
Well written, descriptive, the author has beautifully built these worlds and the characters in such a way as to illustrate to us the reader, where we are going and who with. The book sweeps us along with plenty of action and interesting creatures and beings that make up the worlds with vivid description. Magic, good versus evil, and friendships that hold the story together and make this such a good read.
Sylas learns he has the ability to read runes and to do magic, that might be my only little quibble, it was all too easy, and it would have been nice to see this ability slowly brought to light and developed, rather then suddenly he has them. This is an amazing read, and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys fantasy tales.
Jul 20, Anna BooksandBookends rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley , childrens-books. I received a free copy of this book by the book's publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Sylas Tate never thought that a trip from Gabblety Row to post letters for his uncle could change everything he ever knew. A trip into the mysterious new shop, 'The Shop of Things' and meeting a certain Mr Zhi alters everything Sylas ever thought possible.
A humongous bell chiming and a magical journey could make Sylas finally see that his true destiny is in another world This was an ama I received a free copy of this book by the book's publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was an amazing read that entralled me from the first page and there's not many books that do that! I quickly became immersed in Johnstone's worlds and enchanting characters. Sylas' plight is immersive and I rapidly felt myself being drawn to his unfair situation. The story is packed with well paced adventure, thrills, fantasy and excitement!
A book that easily conjures images of the wonderful worlds Johnstone has created and their equally magical qualities. This was a real page turner and I think this book will appeal equally to adults and children alike.
If you enjoy reading books akin to the great fantasy writers such as J. Rowling, Terry Pratchett etc. The language used is exceptional and vividly brings the story to life. I cannot recommend this book enough to you, and I'm sat here eagerly awaiting the second book in the series. I for one, cannot wait to see what is next for the young Sylas Tate I received a free ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I quite enjoyed reading this as it reminded me of the Chronicles of Narnia at some points. However, sometimes I thought the story was going too slowly. I did like most of the characters and I liked the idea of the Ravel Runes and Nature being involved. Overall, a good read. This book was ok it was really boring and so very slow paced it was a chore to finish it the writing was fine also the synopsis gave away too much it lost all mystery and was just boring. The characters were just fine the writing was good but the story was way too slow paced for me to stay interested.
While I was reading I found it a chore to read it was just so slow I will more than likely not read any more of this series it is just not that interesting to me. So overall this book was just ok a This book was ok it was really boring and so very slow paced it was a chore to finish it the writing was fine also the synopsis gave away too much it lost all mystery and was just boring. So overall this book was just ok and nothing more not interesting in continuing.
Oct 15, Suze Lavender rated it it was amazing. Sylas is living with his unkind uncle. His mother died and he misses her terribly. She was the light in his life. When one day he stands in front of a new shop in town he's being introduced to a world of magic. It immediately changes his life completely. Soon a bell is calling him and reaching it isn't easy. There are plenty of obstacles on his road to get to it. The bell will take him to the Other, a geographically similar world to his own, but otherwise very different. Here Sylas learns about Sylas is living with his unkind uncle.
Here Sylas learns about magic and how to use it. He has a mission and with the help of several new friends he's trying to accomplish it. It isn't an easy task as they're being hunted and they constantly have to be on the run. Sylas has to succeed, otherwise it could mean the Other will completely fall into the hands of an evil force. The Bell Between Worlds is a fantastic adrenaline rush. I could hardly keep up with my eyes as I constantly wanted to read faster and faster.
I had to know what would happen next. I enjoyed this book very much. The world building is really good, the main characters are both fun and interesting and Ian Johnstone knows how to write. There are so many action packed scenes that there is hardly any time for the reader to breathe, which worked really well for me as it felt like I was running with the main characters. It made me want to go on and on until the end of the story. I liked the magical creatures, the way the magic works and the philosophy behind nature and the essence of things.
I admire Ian Johnstone's cleverness, he's definitely a skillful writer. Every word is right and all the scenes are well thought through. I could picture everything that happened in the story so well that it sometimes felt like I was watching a movie. I'm happy there is a second part as I'm not ready to say goodbye to Sylas and his friends yet.
If you like fantasy I think this is a must-read. It's been a long time since I've read such an amazing book about magic. I can't recommend this story enough, it's a true gem and a wonderful read for both children and adults. Jul 19, Elaine rated it it was amazing Shelves: dystopian , suspense , adult , mystery , sci-fi , authors-to-look-out-for , adventure , children-s-books , paranormal , magic. In this alternative reality Science and technology are replaced by the ability to manipulate and harass natural powers, forces and materials. In this fast paced, enthralling tale, Sylas escapes horrendous monsters, meets new friends, has action-packed, thrilling adventures and has his knowledge, beliefs, understanding and tenacity tested to the full.
Anyone who enjoys adventures involving children with developing powers and skills in an alternative reality will be captivated by this stupendous story. A breathtaking, epic adventure that is a pleasure to journey through, I have no hesitation in highly recommending this fantastic novel to children and adults alike and hope to read the sequel soon! Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a fantasy that's a little different in that mirrors and lights force the issues. Sylas Tate lives with his strict and harsh uncle since his mother died. One day Sylas meets Mrs.
I received a free ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Bell Between Worlds is book 1 in the Mirror Chronicles series. I quite enjoyed. The Mirror Chronicles will take you into another world, and on the adventure o e-book from Bookperk. Home>; JUVENILE FICTION>; Fantasy & Magic>; The Bell Between Worlds (The Mirror Chronicles) - Paperback Enlarge Book Cover · Left hand . Warriors: A Vision of Shadows Box Set: Volumes 1 to 6 book image .
He opened a variety store. Zhi teaches him to use his imagination and the birds take flight. He gives Sylas a book and a scrap of paper. This is the clue to translate the book. The next night the bell rings calling him. It tells the story of Sylas Tate who lives in a world similar to our own, with his uncle Tobias Tate in a place called Gabblety Row. Sylas seems like an ordinary boy who spends most of his time with his head in the clouds. Through a series of strange events Sylas finds himself in another world, one very different from his own but strangely similar where magic exists.
Ian Johnstone is a brilliant storyteller, and I can see why comparisons are made in the blurb between him and C. Lewis and Philip Pullman. Some of the language and imagery Johnstone writes is really beautiful and evocative. The world and ideas in The Bell Between Worlds are really interesting, and quite complex. I also thought he was quite a compelling character. The Other is a really interesting place; instead of being driven forward by science and technology, its driving force is magic and that has shaped the world differently.
Th e way Sylas arrives in the Other is really unique, and quite inventive. Johnstone does a brilliant job with the world building — he gives just enough information so you can build a picture of the world, but not so much you drown in it. He also seems to have done a good job thinking about the history of this world, and the glimpses we get of it through the story seem quite interesting and I hope we learn more about the Other in future books.
The basic plot of the books is… well, quite complex and there is definitely more going on beneath the surface than you would expect.
The book has a few twists, and I have to admit that I was left guessing all the way through. I really liked the way Johnstone used the idea of Glimmers in the book — in fact, I thought the whole idea of a Glimmer as rather neat. I also liked the way that friendship is an important thread through the story.