When 12-year-old Krish finds out his mum is dying, he is desperate to give her more time to live. This leads to a deal with a devil-like creature to travel to another realm, Ilir, and collect the Myrthali – the essence of time itself.
Ilir is a tiny desert world where the days are a handful of hours long and there is magic and treachery on every corner. Here Krish is set three impossible challenges by the brutal King Obsendei to win from him the Myrthali. He joins forces with the razor-tongued, young girl-wizard Balthrir, who hopes to free her parents from the Black Palace; a living, breathing structure built entirely out of those subjects who have incurred the wrath of the King.
But as Krish battles these impossible tasks he may be about to learn that there is more than his mother’s life at stake as he gets embroiled in a blood-thirsty fight for power in Ilir that will push his friendship with Balthrir to its limits.
I’d like to thank Mark Bowsher for inviting me on to this blog tour.
The Boy Who Stole Time is a magical imaginative read. The story begins as Krish’s Mum is taken into hospital in the middle of the night. We soon find out that she is dying. Krish wishes more than anything that he could extend time. I found this really touching and heartfelt. I could feel Krish’s despair at wanting to help his Mum.
Mark has an amazing way of writing that helps you to see vividly the surroundings within the book and feel the emotions portrayed. This was especially true in his description of Krish’s family unit.
At first i couldn’t quite see where the fantasy element of the book came into it, but on the introduction of the character Balthrir, a female wizard who is very unwizard like, the mist became clear!
Then we enter into a realm of fantasy and adventure that had me sat on the edge of my seat. This is a gem of a book and a perfect Christmas gift!
All About Mark
Mark is a proudly dyspraxic writer and filmmaker who has made over 100 book promos for a certain publisher named Unbound. He wrote and directed his first full-length play, Not the Story of Me, at 20 and went on to make three shorts which won Best Short awards (plus one Best Screenplay award) at festivals in the UK and the US. The last of these, Only One Person Will Like This Film, was picked by the BFI as one of their ’10 to try’ out of over 300 films at LSFF 2013. He has written short fiction ( The Pitch and I Killed Tristan Metcalf and Here’s How I Did It… ) for Lionsgate’s Fright Club ezine as well as articles for Den of Geek and Cult TV Times. Since going freelance in 2013 he has created video content for Santander, Pearson, Choice Support, The Big Issue and MyLex as well as music videos (all based on concepts he pitched to the artists) for Nisha Chand, Ekkoes, Good Work Watson, Morgan Crowley and Go-Zilla. He recently wrote and directed the pilot episode for a sitcom based on his previous career in film marketing entitled It’s All Lies. He isn’t married and doesn’t live in Surrey but he did once climb a mountain dressed as Peter Pan.
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