The Mirror of the Pharos by J.S. Landor @js_landor @matadorbooks #Fantasy #Review #NetGalley #MiddleGrade



Jack Tideswell’s parents died in a tragic diving accident while exploring the underwater ruins of the ancient Pharos lighthouse in Egypt. So Jack wants nothing to do with adventure. Until that is, a seagull delivers a strange disc, addressed to him in his own handwriting.

In the blink of an eye, all kinds of magic are let loose, sending Jack on a dangerous journey. Can he learn to navigate time before it’s too late to save the one person who can help him unravel the secrets of the disc?

Whether he likes it or not, there’s no more hiding away. And no looking back. Especially when Alpha is watching. A wolf who sees all there is to see …

For readers aged 10 plus, The Mirror of Pharos is a contemporary fantasy with a hint of sci-fi

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Now I have to say that I am very partial to middle grade books. I think it is probably because I can remember having so much pleasure myself from reading when I was that age. Well I just loved this one. There is tragedy, magic and the element of enough fear to give a youngster that adrenaline rush that makes them read a little faster, as if it can just keep them out of the clutches of the bad guys.

Jack is the main character in this story and a very reluctant hero if ever I met one! I can’t blame him really, his parents going out on adventures, trying to solve mysteries of the past, had got them both killed. So not really encouragement for Jack to want anything to do with it. All he wants to do is get home from school, away from the bullies and hide away at his Gran’s, where he lives.  He likes Charlie to come round for tea, she is his only friend. Then one day he gets a very unusual ‘airmail’ delivery.

This is a super adventure story with a mystery from the past to solve for Jack. I really liked Jack as he went from a mousey young lad who was scared of everything to a lad with such strong determination that wouldn’t let he give up on his mission, even if he didn’t quite know where it was heading. Charlie is lovely and always saw Jack as her hero really. His Gran is nutty, in a cosy Granny way and the bad guys, well you will have to work them out yourselves.

There are some really fascinating characters in this story that will stay will readers when they are much older. A super read!


J.S. Landor

Jenny has worked as a journalist, farmer and publishing editor. She has an MA in Writing for Young People and has edited several children’s books. The Mirror of Pharos, published in November 2017, is her debut children’s novel.





2 thoughts on “The Mirror of the Pharos by J.S. Landor @js_landor @matadorbooks #Fantasy #Review #NetGalley #MiddleGrade

  1. What a thrilling review! Thank you so much, Susan, for featuring The Mirror of Pharos on your brilliant blog. You’ve captured the essence of Jack’s journey which is very much about courage and self belief. Jenny 🙂

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