- Title: The Bell Between Worlds
- Author: IanJohnstone
- ISBN: 9780007491223
- Page: 370
- Format: Hardcover
Half of your soul is missing.The lost part is in the mirror.And unless Sylas Tate can save you, 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 the nature influenced magic of the Fourth WHalf of your soul is missing.The lost part is in the mirror.And unless Sylas Tate can save you, 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 the nature influenced magic of the Fourth Way, 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 as to 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
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See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads 3.5 stars Thank you HarperCollins Australia for the copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review. 'You are able to see the world as it is promised for us.'While I could cherry pick out the flaws easily, there were several aspects of The Bell Between Worlds that I appreciated to a great extent. However, I'll I have little qualm and banter here about the synopsis. For me, I felt like it either gave away too much or the plot was too slow. Regar [...]
There's nothing particularly wrong with this book at all - other than a tendency to over-describe, which is not unusual, and the fact that it starts off incredibly derivative (it does get more original as the plot moves on) - I simply think that there are children's books that transcend genre and age, and ones that don't. This is the latter. My ten-year-younger self would have absolutely adored this book, though, especially the take on mirror selves and the ravel runes. Infinitely better than an [...]
Imaginative, intriguing and finely written. Great start to a new fantasy adventure trilogy. Very much looking forward to book 2.
**An ARC was provided by Harper Collins UK Children's in exchange for an honest review**When a book gets compared to big name works and titles that have come before it, it can really be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it gives the reader an idea what kind of story to expect and it can get people's attention where they might not have gravitated towards a certain book otherwise. On the other hand though, comparisons set the bar pretty high - sometimes, impossibly so. When I stumbled upon Th [...]
Book review will be posted on my blog first mrripleysenchantedbooksspThis 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 world of painted words - [...]
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.The lost part is in the mirror.And unless Sylas Tate can save you, 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 o [...]
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 worldThis was an amazin [...]
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 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. Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK, Children's for providing me with 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. 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 [...]
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 [...]
An amazing new saga commences in this first book of ‘The Mirror Chronicles’. It is one of the most eloquently written novels I have ever read; the carefully chosen language paints detailed scenes in the reader’s imagination, enticing you to journey with syllabus Tate from his home in Gabblety Row to explore life in the ‘Other’. In this alternative reality Science and technology are replaced by the ability to manipulate and harass natural powers, forces and materials. Here, such inborn [...]
The Bell Between Worlds by Ian Johnstone. is a first reads win and I'm giving my honest opinion. 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. Zhi. He opened a variety store. he invites Sylas in and shows him a flight of birds. they're on mirrors. Mr. Zhi teaches him to use his imagination and the birds take flight. He gives Sylas a book and a scrap of [...]
DNF at p.119. Not at bad book by any means just not grabbing my attention at all. I can see why it appeals and it is well written but I just had to keep forcing myself to pick it back up
3,5* Sylas é um rapaz um pouco isolado, que vive sozinho com o seu desagradável tio, desde a suposta morte de sua mãe. Os seus dias passam-se, sem grande novidade, a fazer recados e outro tipo de tarefas, até ao dia em que se desvia do seu caminho, intrigado com uma nova loja, vinda do nada: a Loja das Coisas. E é aí, nessa loja, ao conhecer o misterioso Sr. Zhi, que tudo muda para Sylas.Num piscar de olhos, a sua vida corriqueira fica para trás das costas, tornando-se possuidor de um liv [...]
THE BELL BETWEEN WORLDS is the first book in Ian Johnstone’s debut series THE MIRROR CHRONICLES. 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 sto [...]
This is the first in a vividly imagined new fantasy series for children – thank you to Harpercollins and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to review it!Sylas Tate has always believed his mother to be dead, and lives a sad existence with his strict uncle in a bizarre building called Gabblety Row. But when he’s invited into a strange shop and given a book written in a peculiar language, it’s the beginning of an adventure which leads him to follow the call of a bell into another world e [...]
Wow, what a truly crowning achievement Ian Johnstone has made with this first part of his Mirror Chronicles series. The Bell Between Worlds has to be one of the most continuously imaginative and original fantasy books I’ve read in many years – just when you think you’ve been stunned by one visionary landscape, building or culture, another set-piece comes along that is equally enthralling.About a “normal” boy called Sylas (but let’s be honest, anyone named Sylas isn’t going to norma [...]
This novel is sensational! I was so impressed with the amount of thought that has been put into the significance of the story being told. It is filled with magic, epic friendships that span lifetimes, the importance of self trust and wondrous events that are rolled out over many pages in exquisite detail. Although it is an adventure fantasy there were many points within the story where I was left thinking: 'Of course, that's the way things really are / should be! That makes perfect sense!' This [...]
I have read a pre-publication copy of this incredible book that will be published in June. The first in The Mirror Chronicles trilogy, this novel takes the author on a journey through a parallel world where magic and science are interwoven. The Ravel Runes of the ancient Samarok book hold the key to understanding the connection between our two worlds.
I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I am so sorry to say this, but I could not get into this book at all. It was by no means bad, but I didn't care for anything that happened, so I did not finish it. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood. I'll leave it unrated because that seems like the fair thing to do.
Overall, THE BELL BETWEEN WORLDS will appeal to any sort of reader and if you like a good old fantasy tale to pass the time on, than this book would be it. It's definitely worth reading!Full review: talesoftheinnerbookfanatic.blo
Loved it. Ian Johnstone has created a whole new world you can jump straight into. Can't wait for the next instalment. An immensely satisfying read.
I received a free copy of this book, via giveaways, in exchange for an honest review. Wow. This book was way better than I thought it would be. I went into it thinking it'd be a Percy Jackson rip off for some reason, but it stood on it's own. I found it to be really fun and interesting and I look forward to continuing on with the series.
Nearly did not finish this. It was ok. 1.5 stars.
*I received this book as part of a First Reads Giveaway*"When the sun sets, it merely sleeps, to rise another day;a path that ends, ends not, but leads back from whence it came;and thus at this our journey’s end is another, just beginning."The Bell Between Worlds begins in our world, following a twelve year old boy, Sylas Tate, who discovers a new shop called The Shop of Things when he is running errands for his brutish Uncle. There he meets Mr Zhi, who shows Sylas the unusual treasures the s [...]
Sylas Tate lives with his uncle, escaping his circumstances through elaborate daydreams. But when he enters a mysterious Shop of Things while running an errand, he's thrown into a reality far stranger than any of his dreams. A bell tolls, but only he can hear. Monsters pursue him across worlds, and in this Other world he needs to find the answers to the questions he left behind in his own. Doing so may save both realities . . .I loved this. The evocative language fleshes out both characters and [...]
De twaalfjarige Silas woont samen met zijn norse oom in Habbershoek, een bijzonder gebouw dat bestaat uit een doolhof van gangen waar Silas de weg op zijn duimpje weet te vinden. Het liefst sluit hij zichzelf op in zijn enige toevluchtsoord: zijn slaapkamer. Maar wanneer zijn oom hem weer eens op pad stuurt om wat brieven op de post te doen, verandert Silas’ leven voorgoed. Een mysterieuze stem lokt hem de Winkel van Dingen binnen en daar geeft de oude meneer Zhi Silas een geheimzinnig boek vo [...]
I received an ARC of this book through Giveaways. Rated 3.5 StarsSylas Tate is a isolated 12 year old boy living with an emotionally abusive uncle in a ramshackle building known as Gabblety Row. His only solace is his imagination, wherein he escapes his attic room through the memories of his happy life with his mother. He dreams of traveling far away from his terrible existence, but when the opportunity arises, he is woefully unprepared. (And yet, aren't we all?) This is a wonderful tale of mag [...]
Great idea, great characters, extremely long descriptions and slow moving plot.While I think the bell itself is a little silly, I loved the overall plot with this book. It definitely appeals to the idea of zen and balance--there's a yin to my yang, a dark to my light. Sylas has an incredible imagination, and that comes into play in the Other; the place that is ruled by magic whereas we are ruled by technology. He learns that he's the chosen one (as usual with YA and children's books), and that e [...]
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