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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Land of Stories (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316201553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316201551
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (413 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Land of Stories Series:
"There's more in Colfer's magic kingdoms than Disney has dreamt of."
USA Today

"It will hit big with its combination of earnestness and playful poise."—The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, and The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning.

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It was a very adventurous story.
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I really like how Chris Colfer put interesting twists on old fairy tales.
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I can't wait for the next book to come out.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on August 9, 2013
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I really liked the first book in this series, but it was obvious in some cases that it was a first book. So I was pleasantly surprised at how much the authors writing has improved for this second book. I absolutely loved this one. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. It was exciting and had a surprise ending that I didn't see coming, but upon reflection realized had been subtly hinted at throughout the story. I am middle-aged, but have a soft spot for fairytale related stories, so I really am enjoying this series and hope he continues them.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By ephemeral on August 9, 2013
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I enjoyed the first Land of Stories book, so I was looking forward to reading this one. I wasn't expecting to be completely captivated with the story within the first few pages, but I was. The Enchantress Returns was so excellent I had a hard time putting it down; I ended up finishing it in just two sittings. The book is packed full of action and adventure, but there are some laugh out loud funny moments as well.

Like the first book in the series, The Enchantress Returns features twins Alex and Conner, who are drawn into the fairy tale world. The book contains many returning characters, along with some highly entertaining new ones. Readers will be familiar with many of the characters, who are taken from classic fairy tales, but Chris Colfer puts his own unique spin on each of them. He creates wonderful back-stories and weaves together the plots of seemingly disconnected fairy tales to create an entirely new fairly tale world based on all our old favorite stories. I especially liked his take on Rumpelstiltskin, who features prominently in the book.

The book is definitely appropriate for elementary school children, but it will also appeal to teens and adults of any age. I felt the first Land of Stories book sometimes struggled to find a balance between being linguistically easy enough for kids to read and understand and being sophisticated enough to attract older readers. The Enchantress Returns has no such issue. While the writing remains simple, it is also smooth and beautiful. The plot and the writing style will keep people reading.

I hope more books in this series are planned. After finishing The Enchantress Returns, I definitely want more!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Me on October 17, 2013
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I think it was a good book but you need to read the first one to fully enjoy it. The author should make a third and he already might be. This is book 2 in a series, and the first is the wishing spell. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes adventure and fairy tales.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Macy on May 15, 2014
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This book was one of the best books I have read. I can not wait to read The Grimm Warning.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on August 9, 2013
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I just finished reading "The Land Of Stories: The Enchantress Returns" and I still have a smile on my face! I really, really loved this book, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Following I'll share my thoughts with you - there are a few *very* minor spoilers in this review, but nothing I would consider to be especially plot-relevant!

About the story:

It's been a year since twins Alex and Conner Bailey were magically transported into the Land Of Stories and went on a quest to put together the Wishing Spell to find a way back to their own world. A year since they found out that they are children of both worlds, and that their grandmother is the one and only Fairy Godmother.

But adventure awaits the Bailey twins again when their mother is kidnapped and taken to the fairytale world by an evil enchantress who wants to rule over all the kingdoms - and more. Together they travel back to the Land Of Stories, where they soon find out that another quest is in order. Only this time, they're not alone! They are joined by an unlikely quartet, and together this group must find a number of hard-to-collect items in hopes of putting together the Wand of Wonderment - the one thing that might help them defeat the enchantress and save the world!

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Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed the first book in the series, "The Wishing Spell", and thought it was good - but I also felt that it still left room for improvement (as is often the case with books by first time authors). Naturally I was excited for the sequel, "The Enchantress Returns", and the book did not disappoint! In fact, I have to admit I actually liked this one better than the first one ...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beth on December 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My 10 year old loves this series, but she came to us to let us know that in the chapter titled "Loosely Goosey" there were a few inappropriate comments made by Mother Goose. A little PG-13.

If you are picky, as we are, regarding questionable content, then these passages should be considered. Otherwise, she loves the book so far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Axel Aleman on May 11, 2014
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5 stars to this book I've read the first one tons of times and I can't wait to buy the third one (cause I just bought the second one) so yea you would like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maci and Zoe on December 17, 2014
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Hi – We wanted you to know a little about us, before you read this review – We are Maci and Zoe - twins in the tenth grade and are thrilled to share our love of books with you. Maci plays the trombone and Zoe plays the trumpet in our school Marching Band. When we are not reading, doing homework, or practicing music we like to go on adventures with our Girl Scout troop. We read every chance we get.

When I read the first book in this series, The Wishing Spell, I liked it but was not extremely thrilled with it. But now that I have read the second book in The Land of Stories series I feel myself becoming more and more invested in the characters. In this book, Connor and Alex have to go back to the Land of Stories to save their mom from the Evil Enchantress. They have to go against unbeatable odds to stop the person who has been wreaking havoc on the Fairy Tale world for centuries. Something that I really like about this book is the take on the traditional fairy tales. Of course every author has a different take on the characters from the fairy tale world, but I really like this take. I also like how all the different fairy tales fit together. Even thought the story is great, I did not love the way everything falls into place a little too nicely. The dialogue is a little too clean and even cut to make it realistic of what someone would say even in the fairy tale world. Even if there were some parts that I did not like about the book, I really liked the ending. I felt like I should have been more shocked and upset (as a twin) about what happened, but I was not. I really liked it and thought the ending was very fitting. When I finished it, I had a hard time moving on to my next book. I recommend this book if you like fairy tales or Sister Grimm by Michael Buckley.
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