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Circles of stone / Ian Johnstone.
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins Children's Books, [2015]
Physical Description:
549 pages ; 20 cm
"As the dark lord Thoth raises a monstrous army, Sylas and Naeo discover that their new-found power could also be their undoing. At the same time, Sylas longs to find his mother, and Naeo her father. So begins a mirrored quest that will bring Naeo into our world of science and take Sylas deep into the magic of the Other. They both hope to find the one the other loves, but also the ultimate truth: of our broken worlds and divided souls, of prophecy and of Sylas and Naeo's wondrous power. But it's a race against time. Even as they begin their journey, Thoth's creatures mass at the gateways between our worlds - at the ancient circles of stone... War is coming and unless Sylas and Naeo can stop it, it may destroy us all" -- provided by publisher.


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1 Bob Harkins Branch JOH Paperback Junior Fantasy / Sci-Fi
2 Bob Harkins Branch JOH Paperback Junior Fantasy / Sci-Fi

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The second volume in an epic fantasy trilogy that will thrill everyone who loves rich stories of wonder and magic.

Desperate to return to his own world to look for the mother he has only just learned is alive, Sylas is nevertheless stuck in the strange realm of the Other. There, his magical powers are constantly growing -- and he has just become one of the first people to meet his own Glimmer, the other half of his own soul living in this mirror world.

His Glimmer, Naeo, also has an unusual inborn talent for the nature-magic of the Fourth Way. But there's one marked difference: Naeo is a girl...

Naeo, like Sylas, is looking for someone: her father, captured by the dark lord Thoth. But Thoth is looking for her too, and for Sylas -- together, they represent the only thing that could stop him ruling both worlds.

To escape him, the two children are separated and sent on reverse missions: Naeo into our world to find Sylas's mother, and Sylas deep into the Other to find Naeo's father. But Scarpia, servant of Thoth, follows Naeo to the crossing point at Stonehenge, creatures of darkness on her heels...

... And in the Other, in the dank dungeons of the Dirgheon, Thoth is raising an army of unspeakable monstrosity. To survive, Sylas and Naeo must remain apart -- but to defeat Thoth, they will one day have to come together again...

Author Notes

Ian Johnstone was brought up in Oxfordshire and 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.

So perhaps it's 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.

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