Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The Mirror Of Pharos by J.S. Landor - Blog Tour Review

Life Of A Nerdish Mum is the stop today on the blog tour for The Mirror Of Pharos by J.S. Landor and I am excited to be sharing my review of this wonderful book.

The Mirror Of Pharos

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.

My Review

Though I'm way out of the age range of a middle grade books target audience, I always think if a book is good enough, it shouldn't matter how old you are when you are reading it. The Mirror Of Pharos is one of those good books and I thoroughly enjoyed myself throughout its entirety.

Jack, the main character, is a wonderful and easily likeable character. He's gone through a lot in his short life but he is dealing with it the way he think is for the best. The Mirror Of Pharos covers big topics like grief (Jack has lost both his parents) and bullying and none of it is dumbed down or babied for a younger reader, which I thought was really well done.

I absolutely loved the two most important people in Jack's life, his Nan and Charlie his best friend. Nan was beautifully written and was easily imaginable, she was what you'd want in a Nan and had a touch of magic about her, but aren't all grandparents magical. Charlie was strong and was Jack's anchor through a lot of things and she felt really important to me.

The story is fast paced and the adventure is fun and well thought out. I raced through the book as I couldn't put it down! I have immediately passed this on to my step daughter and she's already thoroughly enjoying it. I really recommend The Mirror Of Pharos to any age, as it's fun and clever and really feeds the imagination.

I gave this book 5 stars.

About The Author
I grew up in Luton, an industrial town famous for making hats. Dad was an engineer, Mum was Mum, and my little brother, Steve, was a big pest – and my best friend. Life was fairly ordinary. Until, one day, adventure called. We packed up our belongings in a crate and sailed on an ocean liner to Canada.
The crossing took a whole week, an epic voyage for a five-year-old. That amount of rolling sea is not easily forgotten! Nor the seagulls. Nor the slot machine that unexpectedly unloaded such a heap of coins I mistakenly thought I was rich. No surprise that years later the ship (or a fictional version of her) sailed right into one of my stories: The Mirror of Pharos.
As an eight-year old returning to primary school in Luton I was the odd one out. When my funny accent caused some teasing I felt sad and missed my old home in Toronto. But some great new friends soon came to the rescue. And by then I was a bookworm so half my buddies were characters in stories anyway!
After school I studied literature at university and edited a magazine called Magus (look out for that word in the story). Later I became a journalist, a farmer and eventually a publishing editor. But all the while another adventure was beckoning. Someone had whispered a secret to me on a school field trip when I was just seven. Looking back it shaped my destiny. It’s the reason I became a storyteller.
Author Links
Website - - The website is absolutely wonderful and you can meet the characters, read bits of The Mirror Of Pharos and view some gorgeous art work. 
Twitter : @js_landor 
Don't Forget To Check Out The Rest Of The Tour


  1. Thank you, Helen, for a delightful review. It's such a pleasure to be featured on your wonderful blog. So glad you enjoyed The Mirror of Pharos and have passed it on. I look forward to your step daughter's verdict too! Jenny Landor

  2. Thanks so much for the Blog Tour support x