From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10–In the sequel to Faerie Wars
(Bloomsbury, 2003), trouble stirs again in the Faerie Realm. The Emperor is dead, and Prince Pyrgus has doubts about whether he is ready to rule. Machinations by evil Lord Hairstreak threaten to take that decision away; the Emperor's body disappears while lying in state and reappears as an animated zombie who disinherits Pyrgus in favor of his half brother, Comma. Pyrgus, his sister Princess Blue, Henry (a human teenager who has access to the Faerie Realm), and Mr. Fogarty (another human and Pyrgus's advisor) team up with the feral Forest Faerie, who are led by Nymph, another strong princess who comes across remarkably like Blue. As in the first volume, pacing and inventiveness offer a rollercoaster ride; unfortunately, characterization and plot are often thin. The subplot concerning Henry and his family problems in his (our) world is dropped completely, and he does little but feel useless and pine after Princess Blue. Blue is still a strong female character, but events are rarely shown through her eyes, making it difficult for readers to identify with her. Subplots that involve a wangaramas wyrm (a telekinetic parasite intent upon revolution) and Brimstone (a demonologist) and his continued dealings with Hael (Hell) are by far the most entertaining portions of the novel, but don't stand alone. Overall, this story will please fans of the first volume but is not likely to win new readers.–Karyn N. Silverman, LREI–Elizabeth Irwin High School, New York City
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Gr. 6-8. With the loathsome villains introduced in Faerie Wars
(2003) still advancing toward crown prince Pyrgus Malvae, this sequel is off to a galloping start, and the fast-paced action continues throughout the story. Now that his father, the Purple Emperor, is dead, reluctant Pyrgus is expected to become emperor. Unfortunately, Lord Hairstreak, leader of the Faeries of the Night, has resurrected the Purple Emperor to denounce Pyrgus. Hairstreak, who seeks to control the Faerie realm, wants his malleable brother, Comma, on the throne instead. Once again, Henry Atherton finds himself transported back to the Faerie realm, where he helps Pyrgus and his sister, Holly Blue, defeat Hairstreak and his minions. There's plenty of humor as well as dangerous adventure--and the conclusion promises more to come. Sally EstesCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved