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Review: The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

Summary from Goodreads:

Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge.

When they finally returned to London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves.

Now, Ev spends her days sneaking into the woods outside her boarding school, wishing for the Woodlands. Overcome with longing, she is desperate to return no matter what it takes.

Philippa, on the other hand, is determined to find a place in this world. She shields herself behind a flawless exterior and countless friends, and moves to America to escape the memory of what was.

But when Evelyn 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.

Content Warnings

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 on the author’s website.


Warnings: Depression, suicide

I won a ARC of this 2018 novel a while ago and finally decided to read it. The summary reminded me of Narnia and I was excited to read about Woodlands.

I loved the writing style and the atmosphere that Weymouth was able to craft. I connected with the two main characters, Evelyn and Philippa, and liked how the book splits points of view between the two of them. However, I felt like the Fantasy aspects were underplayed. I wanted a lot more of the novel to be set in the Woodlands. I was dying to know more about the Woodlands, the world that Weymouth created.

The main setting is in a non-fantastical world and the focus is more on romance, historical elements, and mental health. I liked how the depression and mental health aspects were portrayed but still wanted more fantasy elements.

I recommend checking out this Historical Fantasy novel. It was not what I expected but it was still enjoyable read.


3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars


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