Toe the Line Between Real and Heartbreakingly Fantastic in ‘The Light Between Worlds’


Toe the Line Between Real and Heartbreakingly Fantastic in ‘The Light Between Worlds’

So many book nerds, when growing up, would wish and pretend that they could access all their favorite fantastical worlds.

Here at Epic Reads, we were fond of the big ones—Narnia and Hogwarts, obviously. Who hasn’t wished for their letter to arrive in the mail? But in the year’s since, we haven’t thought too much about it. Until The Light Between Worlds hit shelves, and it made us actually consider what traveling to these worlds would mean for us. In this gorgeously written, lyrical book, Ev and her siblings leave a war-torn England behind and find themselves in the Woodlands, a much more magical place. But The Light Between Worlds, reader, is not the story of their many mystical ventures.

Without giving too much away about this phenomenal read, let us break down everything you need to know about The Light Between Worlds!


Epic Reads Explains: The Light Between Worlds

Once you’ve lived within a legend, can you ever truly come back? For anyone who’s wished to visit their favorite realms, prepare to step back in time and toe the line between the real and fantastic in Laura E. Weymouth’s The Light Between Worlds. In 1944, falling bombs ravaged Evelyn’s home of London. It was all her family could do to hide in their backyard shelter, listening as the explosions drew near. But one wish brought the Hapwell children to a whole other world.

Ev, Philippa, and Jamie found themselves in the Woodlands.

Beautiful and enchanted, it was a world out of legend. And for the first time, Ev felt as if she finally belonged. Greeted by the Guardian of the Great Wood, she and her siblings set out on a new adventure—one that could save this world still so full of light. They fought, they celebrated, and they lived.

But this is not that story.

It’s been six years since Ev and her siblings were swept away to the Woodlands. Six years since they returned to the exact moment they left. Time in our world has worn on, and Ev’s siblings have readapted better than she. Because she can’t help but wonder if a promise made by the Guardian holds true—will a Woodlands heart always find its way home?

With the weight of both worlds bearing down on her, Ev can’t see another way out. And left to pick up the pieces—to follow the trail, to find where her sister’s desperation led her—Philippa must confront her own torn emotions for the life they left behind.

Discover the truth beneath the loss and longing, and explore the darker side of the stories you love in The Light Between Worlds.


About The Light Between Worlds

What happens when you return to the real world after being in a fantastical one like Narnia?

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.

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