The Light Between Worlds by Laura E WeymouthThe Light Between Worlds by Laura E Weymouth

The Light Between Worlds

byLaura E Weymouth

Hardcover | October 23, 2018

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What happens when you return to the real world after being in a fantastical one like Narnia? This YA debut by Laura E. Weymouth is perfect for fans of Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians.

Six years ago, sisters Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell were swept away to a strange and beautiful kingdom called the Woodlands, where they lived for years. But ever since they returned to their lives in post-WWII England, they have struggled to adjust.

Ev desperately wants to return to the Woodlands, and Philippa just wants to move on. When Ev goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.

Walking the line between where fantasy and reality meet, this lyrical and magical novel is, above all else, an exploration of loss and healing, and what it means to find where you belong.

This edition uses deckle edges; the uneven paper edge is intentional.

Title:The Light Between WorldsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inPublished:October 23, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062696874

ISBN - 13:9780062696878

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Reference to Narnia I was keen to read this story as I have enjoyed the Narnia series in the past – both as a teen and as an adult. I loved the fantasy world and the symbolism that C. S. Lewis had created and looked forward to reading a story that had been inspired by it. Weymouth poses the question: what would a person feel once back in the reality of the world and far away from what was experienced in the ‘other’ world? We read of the coping mechanisms of three children who had crossed over to another world – and are introduced to the point of view of two. The story is told with empathy, and the reader comes to understand the feelings of both Philippa and Ev. We see Philippa as the stronger, older sister; and Ev as the one who is unable to let go of the world and the people she came to love in that world when she was returned to a war-torn London. The reader learns to understand Ev’s plight and her desire to go back. There were times, however, when I felt her actions were selfish and manipulative. And so many times I wished that she would be grateful for the love and experiences of her current world. Because I felt this, I did lose a little sympathy for her and was more moved by Philippa who had always been there to support her sister. I liked that half-way through the novel, I began to read the viewpoint of Philippa. Even though she does miss the Woodlands and the creatures she met there, her response to being back in London during the war is different to that of her sister. Through the characters of the two sisters, Weymouth shows that a person’s response to the same situation may be different. I enjoyed the novel The Light Between Two Worlds and reading the thoughts of how a person could react to the Narnia experience. Even though there were moments when I wished the pace of the book was a little faster (when reading Ev’s experience), I did enjoy this heartbreaking story. If you enjoy fantasy novels and references to The Chronicles of Narnia, then this story would be perfect for you.
Date published: 2019-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 stars The alternate ending to Narnia that you never knew you needed. This book was devastating (in the best of ways). Covering incredibly heavy topics like grief, loss, trauma, and mental illness – this book was truly genre-defying. Almost split into two stories – this read half like the story of a young, troubled girl – torn between two worlds; and half like the new adult coming-of-age story of a woman who loses her sister. Somehow, the two stories worked, and together told a heartbreaking (but strangely uplifting) story. I really loved this book – I was surprised by how much, and am excited for more from this author. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, Gut-wrenching, Incredible *A big THANK YOU goes out to HCC Frenzy for inviting me to their preview so I could get my hands on this book!* I’m going to try my best to make sense. This book is many things and it has come to mean many things to me. To be frank: This was an incredible book. From the very moment I started reading, I was utterly captivated. Completely sucked in and attached to the story. It had me tearing up after reading it and what better sign of a book being utterly amazing than salty water pouring out of your eyes and onto your pillow?!?!? Content Warnings (via Laura’s Website) The Light Between Worlds portrays characters dealing with depression, self-harm, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation, illness and disordered eating, and the loss of a loved one. It refers to possible suicide, contains scenes of violence and war, and brief mentions may be unsettling to readers with emetophobia. If you have any questions about these warnings, or require more details, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact page. What I Liked: Characters: Evelyn: She was no doubt my favourite character. Her perspective took up the first half of the book and it was so incredibly interesting. Her thoughts and memories are engaging and moving. After returning to a war-torn London from a magical Narnia-like world, Ev is fighting many demons in her mind as she tries to find her way out of a world she never really felt connected to. She is a wondering spirit, but also a fiery soul with ambition. Is she perfect? Absolutely not. She has a tendency to run from her problems and to go to such extremes that she becomes a danger to herself. Her heart lies in another world and she is willing to go to every length to get back to it. My heart broke many times for her. Maybe it’s because I sort of understand her pain of not belonging. Of missing a world she so dedicated herself to that was suddenly ripped away from her. All in all, her character was beautifully crafted. From her voice, to her behaviour, it was all so intriguing and heart breaking. Phillipa: It took a while, but I loved her too. I will be honest…I sort of blamed her for a bit, like Evelyn did when I found out *what she did* and then I kept reading and reading and really came to understand Phillipa. *The Thing that she did* broke her. It broke Evelyn and it broke Phillipa, but the older sister is able to reign in and swallow that guilt until the events of this book came to pass. Phillipa is a passionate character, she loves her brother and sister very much, but she cracks under the pressure of expectation. She goes through a lot of emotions in the second half of the book, she has to relive a lot of her memories and past mistakes, but ultimately has to learn forgiveness. Other characters….Jamie, who was the oldest brother. I know this is a tale about sisters, but I would have loved to see more bout Jamie and his perspective of life after the Woodlands. Tom Harper…who was such an absolute sweetheart. I adored him. And Jack Summerfield who was also amazing and supportive and such a hopeless romantic, I rate it. This book being set in post-war London meant that everyone has felt tragedy, it’s just a manner of seeing how it has shaped the character. The Writing: Laura’s writing is absolutely stunning. So lyrical, atmospheric and poetic. (Trust me there is a lot of poetry.) I think it fits the story perfectly because it adds to the whismy and magic of the character’s past and present. She knows how to add in the funnies and the hard hitting moments, so that you are both crying from laughter and pure heart break. The World(s): (The Narnia-like one first, because I am who I am) SO WELL DONE. *Would I have liked to spend even more time in it? Yes, but not for this story.* The Woodlands was so incredibly well done and it only pops up in chapter flashbacks and small memories that Ev and Phil reminisce on. I absolutely loved the history, the magic, the politics and twists. I can totally see why Evelyn would want to stay there forever. Cervus (a.k.a Alsan) was soooooooooooo magical!!!! Ugh I LOVED IT ALLLL!!!!! Then getting back to England. Laura really had the atmosphere perfect. From the chattering cities to the whispering forests. It was all so wonderfully done, I don’t even know how else to explain it! This Book Is Sad: A lot goes down. Evelyn’s going through a really rough time. She does things that are not safe and it was hard to read about sometimes. Phillipa also has it rough throughout the book. She let’s her guilt crush her with each day forward and doesn’t make the most healthy decisions either. This book explores a lot. First being the sense of belonging, something that Ev struggles with for years. It made me really think if I’d be able to give up everything I have here on Earth to live in a magical land. While the answer is often “yes”, could I really do it? The other is the sister relationship. How far is a girl willing to go for her sister and what does it mean when things start going wrong? I loved the exploration of sisterhood. Having two older sisters myself means I can really relate to how these two treat each other and why their actions had such damaging affects. Dismantling the Lipsticks and Nylons: C.S. Lewis was an author of his time so of course Narnia has it’s racist and sexist aspects. One of the most prominent being that Susan couldn’t get back to Narnia because she became too obsessed with boys, lipsticks and nylons. Total BS. I love that Laura took this bit and completely turned it around. Phillipa uses make-up and flirting like armour and weapons. A way to transform herself and bring herself power. Red lips and power pumps. I absolutely adored this! The Narnia References: Okay, okay. So this can either be totally true or I am reading into this waaaayyyy too much. BUT OMG THE NARNIA REFERENCES. The opening of wardrobes. The calling out names. The bomb shelter. The beach scene. Uhhh there was one more that really struck out to me, but I can’t remember. The point is it had those Narnia touches and I couldn’t have been more ecstatic! The Ending: So bittersweet. I think I went into shock after reading it though. I closed the book, turned off the lights, went on Instagram, went on twitter, closed my phone and went to sleep. Only I didn’t go to sleep because I started crying very big, very salty tears. Yup! What I Disliked: I knew that this was not going to be an adventure book, so don’t go in hoping for full on fantasy. However…………………..would I have liked a little more action and time spent in the Woodlands…….yeah. So Laura, if you are up to writing a book set in the Woodlands, you can take my money now! Overall, I loved the book. It was so much more than I expected. It is a poignant tale of memory, sisterhood, and hope. It has its heavy themes and tough scenes, but the characters are absolutely wonderful and you should all have the chance to meet Evelyn and Phillipa! Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Date published: 2019-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great debut I really enjoyed this story! I couldn’t put it down. I expected this story to have more fantasy elements, since it is marketed as being similar to the Chronicles of Narnia. There are some flashbacks to their time in the Woodlands, especially in the first half, but the story mostly takes place during the years 1948-1950. The characters felt very real. They struggle with a lot of the things that happen to them. I appreciated the honesty of the characters, and the way they dealt with their problems. This book was very good! I can’t wait to see what Laura writes next! I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins Canada in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2018-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Returning home is not always easy Many authors have written the stories of the adventures children have when they pass to another, a more magical world. Author Laura Weymouth has told the story of what happens after the children return to their own world. siblings Jamie, Philippa and Evelyn all have different feeling about their time spent in the Woodlands. Not one of them is left unchanged by their years long experience. Their stories are told from two viewpoints; first by Evelyn and then by older sister Philippa. I found the first part to be slower and harder to enjoy. She was really struggling and not in a good frame of mind. Evelyn was so young when their adventure began, and grew into an adult while in the Woodlands. During those formative years she formed bonds with the residents there that she could never break loose of. I was very moved by Philippa's dedication to her sister. There was nothing she wouldn't do for Evelyn to keep her happy and safe. It's been a long time since a work of fiction had me crying for characters chapter after chapter. This book should appeal to older teens as well as adult readers.
Date published: 2018-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely and Utterly Devastating Honestly, this book blew me away. I had very high expectations and it met every single one and more. The characters and their development will leave you with your heart aching. It is raw, realistic and dark, but more importantly it's a beautiful piece of writing I will recommend to everyone.
Date published: 2018-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What Happens After Narnia *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* The Light Between Worlds follows three siblings as they are thrust into a magical realm called the Woodlands. The Woodlands are at war and need help from each sibling in their fight for freedom. Ev, Philippa and Jaime grow older during their adventures before being thrust back into the real world at the exact moment they left it. But Ev does not feel that she belongs on Earth, and she struggles to make herself fit into a society that isn't right for her. The Light Between Worlds made my heart ache. I did not expect such a dark and lonesome story, and I am not sure that I enjoyed the sadness written throughout. If I had been more prepared for such a heart wrenching story-line I think that I might have enjoyed it more. TRIGGER WARNINGS for severe depression, self harm and suicide. This book demonstrates the consequences that can occur when someone is trying to please family members rather than focusing on their own mental health. Recommended for fans of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, The Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis and The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman.
Date published: 2018-07-09

Editorial Reviews

“More than just an entertaining read. I can think of no better fantasy book to share with a young adult.”