The Key To The Half Worlds

(8 customer reviews)


  • Author Name: Andrew Chaplin
  • Publication Date: 24/11/2016
  • Format: Paperback

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Richard Cranfield is an ordinary thirteen-year-old who never expected that a ride on the school bus would catapult him and his friend Tom into a half-world that had ‘gone missing’ a long time ago. They find themselves in an alternate version of the world where sorcery, elves, dragons and many other mythological creatures abound. It amazes them at first, but soon this world appears to be more frighteningly real than their own.

They meet a young female elf who changes Richard’s life forever and, aided by a charismatic elf-wizard, the boys must help stop an evil elf-sorceress from recombining the half-worlds in her bid for ultimate domination. The journey leads them through a country called Dracofarne to the sorceress’s fortress. The future of the half-worlds proves to be bound up in an ancient volume entitled The Key to the Half Worlds and the race is on to get hold of it before the elf-sorceress does.

Can they save the day and, in doing so, save the world?

8 reviews for The Key To The Half Worlds

  1. miss d shrubsall

    Absolutely amazing, pure brilliance

  2. Amazon Customer

    Just brought this book. If you like fantasy fiction you will love this book, it’s brilliant.

  3. philippa123

    A truly wonderful book with a great sense of adventure! A must-read!

  4. Robert D

    Most enjoyable read, some inventive elements and enjoyable twists.
    Looking forward to any future books by the author.
    Is a sequel planned?

  5. Amazon customer


  6. Peter Adamczyk

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the author clearly has a gift for storytelling and capitalises on it by moving the story at an appropriate pace. I liked the ‘cross-overs’ between worlds and found myself wanting to know what happens next. I whole-heartedly recommend this book whether you are 15 or 70 and look forward to more cracking good tales.

  7. Laura Sandonato

    The Key to the Half Worlds is a little lacking in character development and follows the typical trajectory of a fantasy adventure. But The Key to the Half Worlds is fun, cute, and well written, so I was happy to go along with it.

    Contrary to the average fantasy novel, however, Richard and Tom aren’t quite the chosen ones. They are descendants of elves and are receptive to Toby’s call from the other dimension. Toby needs any human with elvish heritage, not Richard and Tom specifically. Additionally, the boys never have to bear the brunt of the mission, unlike our friends Frodo and Harry.

    I also like the idea of parallel dimensions, however overused they are (more so in science fiction than in fantasy though). I actually prefer a parallel dimension over a completely fictitious world, which is why The Key to The Half Worlds was a good gateway fantasy novel for me.

  8. On the Arm of the Sofa (Blog)

    Very glad for the recommendation of this one. I have to admit that I wasn’t overly sure what I was getting myself into when I picked it up and it took a couple of chapters for me to get into it. But once I had got my head around a genre I don’t often encounter I found myself enjoying it.

    As I read I felt there was a heavy influence of Tolkien on the narrative. The plot line follows the adventures of two boys who live on one side of a divide. There was once one world occupied by both humans and mythical creatures. Only mythical creatures are not mythical in this book they just live on the other side of the divide. Our heroes fall through a gap and find themselves in the other half world, where they help wizard Toby in his efforts to stop an evil queen.

    So not just seeing the influence of Tolkien but also of C. S. Lewis. Having said that, the story is unique and stands apart from both these authors. For one thing it addresses issues pertinent to today that neither Lewis or Tolkien would have had knowledge of. Whether Chaplin intended his work to be a metaphor or not, its possible to read into it about how divided our own world is and how those divisions can be overcome, if dealt with gently and kindly, or exploited with disastrous consequences.

    So yes my recommendation is, check this book out!

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