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Faerie Wars (Faerie Wars Chronicles) Hardcover – May 5, 2003
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Grade 5-8-Henry Atherton's family is in some disarray when his mother has an affair with his father's female secretary. Henry's escape is helping elderly Mr. Fogarty with chores. Meanwhile, in a parallel world, Pyrgus Malvae, son of the Purple Emperor, is being chased and climbs the fence outside a glue factory where he discovers an evil secret and also comes close to losing his life. His father decides to send his son through a portal to the "Analogue World" for safety, which results in him mistakenly showing up under the lawn mower at Fogarty's where he meets Henry. Pyrgus arrives the size of a fairy, but overnight he grows and his wings disappear. Fogarty, a former bank robber and mechanical genius, sets out to build an artificial portal to send Pyrgus back home. Eventually, Henry and Fogarty cross over into the Purple Kingdom, where they help defeat the forces of evil. This book has a complex plot with plenty of drama and action, but at times the story seems to sink under its own weight. Early on, the transition from contemporary England to the Purple Kingdom is sudden, and the two settings do not intersect until well into the book, which may confuse some readers, and it's difficult to keep straight the many characters in the Purple Kingdom. In the end, Henry's experiences give him the wisdom to craft his own family solution.
Jane G. Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 6-8. When Henry Atherton arrives at the house of eccentric old Mr. Fogarty, he comes upon crown prince Pyrgus Malvae, who has escaped the Faerie realm, where the Faeries of the Night want to kill him. Mr. Fogarty and Henry decide to help the prince return home. It's a complex situation, involving an evil demon, two avaricious glue factory owners, and Lord Hairstreak, leader of the Faeries of the Night, each with a personal agenda that will lead to taking over the realm. A subplot (Henry realizes that his mother, not his father, is having an affair with his father's secretary) is totally unnecessary, and there are discrepancies in the story and some awkwardness to slow things down. Still, there's enough solid adventure in the Faerie realm to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Sally Estes
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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My husband is NOT a reader, so it amuses me on those rare occasions when he calls me during the day insisting that I look up a book. More importantly? To date, he has yet to let me down.
His latest find was "Faerie Wars" which again... (congrats to him) is a winner, and a very promising start to the "Faerie War Chronicles." It has solid character development, a fluid plot, and several twists, sure to keep even skeptical readers engrossed and seeking the final "answer."
The book was well written, and (sucessfully) from several variaying perspectives, each eventually emerging into one main plot line.
First you have Henry...average boy, average life, mundane existence...that is of course until he tries to rescue a butterfly from a cats mouth. Turns out the butterfly was less insect and more little boy with wings who... has a thing for potato chips.
Second you have Pyrgus...the "Not quiet a butterfly" who SURPRISE! is actually the crown prince of the Faerie realm. He should practically be a member of PETA, and tends to jump before looking over the edge, but that of course is what makes a story good.
There are the evil cat killers...Brimstone and Chalkhill, There's Blue...Pyrgus's hot younger sister whole is a better spy than the royal guard, there's Fogerty, the crotchety ex-bank robber who think aliens are taking over the world, and last but certainly not least...there is the Purple Emperor himself, who well...has a very unfortunate moment with an "Analog World" weapon.
"Faerie Wars" is a plethora of the unexpected. There is a pissed off demon with a whistle in his head, a lesbian mommy, a Princess who should learn to close the door, flamboyant leaders of a glue empire, and 1 very clumsy assassination plot.
It was...Narnia meets Harry Potter meets Lord of The Rings, and I LIKED it.
"Herbie Brennan" set us up for a world of endless possibilities and to be perfectly honest...I can't wait.
Happy reading my fellow Analogers and remember...if you insist on having a journal cataloging all of your evil plans...give everyone fake names.
Review edited later in the day of 2/10/2013
I opened a support email with Amazon about this book. Amazon asked me to chat with a support person and confirmed that there is something wrong with this book. A ticket is being within Amazon to have the formatting issues with this book looked at in more depth. Like always, Amazon support was very nice and helpful. Support offered to refund me the price even though I was passed the window for refunds. But more importantly, this book will hopefully get fixed.
Brennan manages to propose groundbreaking theories, divulge little known facts, teach children to think outside the box, and to cope with the pains of a parental divorce very effectively within a short novel. Originality and character development are paramount, but Brennan is also an absolute master os suspense, in a league with even the bestsellers of the suspense genre itself, and teenagers and adults alike will be hard put to get to sleep on time when reading this one.
As for those who have deemed it inappropriate, I would counter that it's a YA book, not a children's book, and that covers ages 12 to 18. I'm sorry but Harry potter is a bit patronizing to many teenagers. Perhaps what the marketing may have meant is that if you have read all of the Harry Potter books, you just might be a year or two older than when you started them. This is certainly much tamer than what the average 13 year old is bombarded with every day in school and on television. And it no way shape or form suggests in any part of the book that everyone has had a homosexual relationship, despite what the previous reviewer erroneously stated. The reviewer may have misunderstood the words of a ten year old minor character in the novel, whose ignorance of the world and reality were made quite obvious by the author.
J. Lyon Layden
The Other Side of Yore
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