Review: The Mirror Chronicles: The Bell Between Worlds by Ian Johnstone

This is the cover of the proof copy/ARC - isn't the 'Quiet Please' great?

This is the cover of the proof copy/ARC – isn’t the ‘Quiet Please’ great?

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

Age Group: 10+/12+

Published: June 2013

When Sylas is called into a world known as the Other by the giant Passing Bell, his life is changed utterly. Removed from a dull existence of running errands for his uncle, enlivened only by his daydreams, he is transported into an adventure of unbelievable proportions. In this new world, magic is everywhere, but so is danger. Hunted down by hounds, and pursued by evil sorcerers, Sylas must discover who he is and what he can do. He and his new friends must find the strength to save both worlds, and discover the truth behind The Glimmer Myth.

This is a gripping fantasy adventure, with some truly excellent world building. I found it a bit slow at the beginning (with the exception of the fascinating Shop of Things), but once Sylas reached the world on the other side of the mirror, I was enthralled. The descriptions of magic are fantastic, and both worlds are vividly imagined. Sylas is a strong protagonist, but there is a whole host of wonderful characters such as his fiery sidekick Simia, the mysterious Mr Zhi, and conductor of nature Paiscion. The tale itself is well plotted and gripping, with lots of detail and plenty of twists. There are some questions left unanswered at the end of the book, and I eagerly await the next instalment of Sylas’ adventures.

Reviewed for LoveReading4Kids. Check out what the other reviewers thought here.

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