This is a really great book, it was published in 2013 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks but has not got the reach & praise it deserves. It is now being released in paperback with a new look to capture the YA audience. If you are YA it is a great book to get you started in the fantasy genre, inspired by Philip Pullman Dark Materials & C.S Lewis Narnia series.
I have the original release from 2013, Signed, Hardcover
I think its beautiful which is truly reflective of Ian Johnstones writing.
This edition can be found on AbeBooks for £69.99
A glorious epic fantasy in the grand tradition of CS Lewis and Philip Pullman. 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 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…
Fantasy for all ages, makes great bedtime reading for all the family.
The Bell Between Worlds (The Mirror Chronicles #1) by Ian Johnstone Published by HarperCollins
Circles of Stone (The Mirror Chronicles #2) Now available for pre-order
Ian Johnstone was brought up in Oxfordshire and he now lives in Oxford, which might suggest a man who likes to stick to what he knows. In fact, Ian makes an awkward habit of shifting between worlds. He grew up in a quiet English town but has spent much of his life travelling and working in Africa. He has a love of science but studied English Literature. He grew up in Oxford but received his degree from Cambridge. He started off his publishing career producing books for West Africa and ended up creating futuristic websites and virtual learning environments. Most recently, he left publishing to become a writer. So perhaps it is not surprising at all that he writes fantastical novels about journeys to other worlds. Ian lives on a hill with his wife Emily and his daughter Ella.