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Title: RULER OF THE REALM Audio, Cassette – January 1, 2006


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: RECORDED BOOKS (2006)
  • ISBN-10: 1428121889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1428121881
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

More About the Author

A professional writer whose work has appeared in more than fifty countries, Herbie Brennan is enjoyed by children and adults alike -- sales of his books already exceed 8 million copies.

Herbie has an well-established career writing for the children's market -- from picture books to teenage fiction, from game books to school curriculum non-fiction. His keen eye for novelty, both in technology and market development, made him among the very first writers to create adventure gamebooks and his GrailQuest series was an international bestseller.

His teenage novel, Faerie Wars, also rocketed to international success, achieving best-seller status in more than 20 overseas editions, and was voted No 1 Top Ten Teenage Pick in the United States and listed as a New York Times Best Seller title.

Equally prolific in the adult market, Herbie has a powerful reputation for challenging conventional assumptions with penetrating intelligence and a clear, easy style. This is reflected in his interests, which range from transpersonal psychology, spirituality, reincarnation and psychical research to comparative religion and quantum physics. His reappraisal of ancient history has stirred lively debate on TV and radio as well as in the Press. He broadcasts and lectures regularly throughout the UK and Ireland.

Herbie became interested in mysticism as a child and was studying books on the subject virtually from the time he was able to read. He found himself pursuing several unorthodox lines of research, including hypnosis, and actually hypnotised his first subject -- a school friend -- at the age of nine!

He began a journalistic career at eighteen and at twenty-four became the youngest newspaper editor in his native Ireland. His early career path included magazine work, hypnotherapy, counselling, advertising and market¬ing.

His first book, Astral Doorways, an exploration of out-of-body experience, became a specialist best-seller and went on to become a classic in its field -- it is still in print some thirty-five years on.

In his mid twenties, Herbie had his first novel published, an historical romance brought out by Doubleday in New York. At the age of thirty he decided to devote most of his time to writing and has since gone on to produce more than 100 books, many of them international best-sellers.

When he can be persuaded to take a break from his writing, Herbie give lectures and seminars, which have included modules on reincarnation research, the astral plane, dreamwork, healing, spiritual development, psychical research, quantum physics and magical training..

With a background that includes writing for radio, the creation of boxed games and computer software, perhaps his greatest strength lies in the realm ideas, particularly in the diversification of publishing product into electronic form.

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This is the third book in that series.
Patrick J. Jones
This is not a book for young children, but for ages 12 and up, it is a great read.
Daniel Hillman
Lots of action and surprises that make it an easy entertaining read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Kay Murphy VINE VOICE on September 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Some little minion told me in advance about something that happens in this third book of the Faerie Wars chronicles... and so I set it aside for six months. Dang it, I should never have listened! When I finally picked it up, I enjoyed it more than the first two. It is more of the cheeky humor--and more fanning of the flame between Blue and Henry... sigh....--and more violence, though not the cruel-to-kitties type from the first book, thank the Light. I think my favorite part is... um... How can I state this without creating a spoiler? Let's see: the validation of Mr. Fogarty's claims regarding alien abduction. There. Loved this one. (Please don't purchase for kids below high school age; they understand the violence but they may have questions about the s-e-x parts that you aren't ready to answer yet.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Santiago on July 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Faerie Wars was an all-around great book. Purple Emperor wasn't quite as good, but I still liked it. This one...I would classify most of the plot of this one as weird. It was still interesting, and it was actually REALLY good at the very end, but there were a few places where I felt like I was plodding through.

However, I did really enjoy some of the character growth. I'm getting kind of annoyed at the Henry-Blue relationship, and wish that Brennan would do something already. This book didn't finish it, but made some progress. I also really liked the way the plot came together, but it did start out slow.

If you liked the way the first one was structured, this one is better than Purple Emperor, but still not as good as Faerie Wars. I'm hoping Brennan returns to his original structuring for Faerie Lord.

So I would Recommend it, but not highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne-Marie G VINE VOICE on June 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Another fast paced adventure in this series. The same characters are seen, and Henry's life on Earth is still just as confused. At the opening of the novel he is trying to convince himself that the Fairie Realm is his reation to stress and that he created it all in his mind. Of course he and the reader get to be really confused as he is abducted by aliens and later transported a la Star Trek into the Fairy Realm.

The love Henry and Blue feel for each other is exploited in this and Blue is having a hard time dealing with the pressures of being the Ruler.

While these books are about fairies and magic they have alot more of a tomboyish bent to them than a girly froofy fairy tale. Some very fun scenes happen and clearly this is not the last book in the series.
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Format: Hardcover
A new 'Faerie Wars Chronicles' title for middle-school fantasy enthusiasts will reach both prior fans of The Faerie Wars and newcomers, who will find most accessible the story of the newly crowned Queen Blue, who is trying to rule her new kingdom. Her visit to the Spicemaster brings a warning and when her brother discovers a secret weapon just when Lord Hairstreak offers peace, trouble ensues, furthered by Blue's disappearance just as Henry returns from the Analogue world. It's the third adventure in the chronicles, but leisure readers will find it quite accessible.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Read aloud Dad on October 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I guess you could say this was a science fiction/fantasy blend. I can easily see why Artemis Fowl fans like it, and know that it is a great tale. Yet, Herbie Brennan does not give you history about the Realm. His names for characters, places and things are uninteresting and sometimes boring. However, once you get over the fact that it is an unhistorically backgrounded realm, then you will enjoy it.

The first book was gory, and strangely horror-filled. I knew someone who read it who, although they liked it, thought it was VERY freakish and mean to animals. I admit, this series is NOT for the faint hearted, and defintely not for fans of epic description, lagging five or so pages on a character's appearance, while he dies the next chapter.

Yet, Harry Potter fans will delight: the humor of this story is almost exactly like that. The characters were the best part, and although their names are aforementionedly boring, they themselves have nothing to regret. I give you a short list of important characters, and someting destictive about them:

Mr. Fogarty--The most humorous charcter in the book, an old WWII veteran brought to the Realm.
Henry--The main character in the series, Henry has a crush on Blue (see Blue) and continually is brought to the Realm, sometimes against his will.
Pyrgus--My personal favorite character is Prince of the Realm, and continues to try to protect Blue, the Empress.
Blue--Empress of the Realm, she hones a secret crush on Henry, and gets herself into a heck lot of trouble.

If there's to be another chronicle in this series, I will get it the first day.

This is a fantasy that, strangely alike with AF, does not descend from Tolkien.
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Loved the series and the sensible way in which modern day themes were addressed. It is darker in some ways than Harry Potter but not as gut wrenching. If buying the series for a young person, it would be good to read it in advance so that it can be used as a tool for discussing personal values around themes like adultery, petty crime and nonviolent offenses, the relative differences in which good and evil are portrayed, what is means to sacrifice for the good of all, etc.
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