Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #1)

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Troubled by family problems, Henry finds his life taking a whole new dimension when he and his friend, old Mr. Fogarty, become involved with Prince Pyrgus Malvae who has been sent from the faerie world in order to escape the treacherous Faeries of the Night.

Troubled by family problems, Henry finds his life taking a whole new dimension when he and his friend, old Mr. Fogarty, become involved with Prince Pyrgus Malvae who has been sent from the faerie world in order ...

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Overview

Troubled by family problems, Henry finds his life taking a whole new dimension when he and his friend, old Mr. Fogarty, become involved with Prince Pyrgus Malvae who has been sent from the faerie world in order to escape the treacherous Faeries of the Night.

Troubled by family problems, Henry finds his life taking a whole new dimension when he and his friend, old Mr. Fogarty, become involved with Prince Pyrgus Malvae who has been sent from the faerie world in order to escape the treacherous Faeries of the Night.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
"[Brennan] is a master of the hairpin turn, leading readers in one direction and suddenly reversing their expectations
Eoin Colfer
"Faerie Wars is an astounding blend of fantasy, mythology and science. Herbie Brennan is a master of all three.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Older fans of Colfer's Artemis Fowl should march right into battle.
Eoin Colfer
"Faerie Wars is an astounding blend of fantasy, mythology and science. Herbie Brennan is a master of all three.
The New York Times
[Brennan] is a master of the hairpin turn, leading readers in one direction and suddenly reversing their expectations. — Elizabeth Devereaux
Publishers Weekly
"Two worlds collide in this humorous tale of warring Faerie factions and their impact on the `real world,' " wrote PW. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
It caught my curiosity, focusing on different characters rather than just one. It's mysterious and very suspenseful, the most exciting book I have read. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Bloomsbury, 371p,
— Teens' Top Ten nominator, age 12
Children's Literature
One cannot help but compare Faerie Wars to Artemis Fowl. Both take the realm of faerie into the world of science and have teenage male protagonists. However, Faerie Wars brings something else to the table—likable and sympathetic characters. Brennan blends science and magic in a way that seems realistic, and shows human and faerie, male and female, and protagonist and antagonist points of view equally well. The human Henry is dealing with the separation of his parents (brought on by his mother's affair with his father's secretary) when he discovers the faerie Pyrgus. Pyrgus has been exiled from the faerie world after discovering the secret ingredient for glue (kittens) and urging his father, the Purple Emperor, to take a stronger stance on this political issue. With the help of Mr. Fogarty, a physicist-turned-bank-robber, and Blue, Pyrgus's sister, Henry and Pyrgus defeat an attempt to wrest political power from Pyrgus and bring the murderer of Pyrgus and Blue's father to justice. The magic and the science are well explained, creating a richly textured world. The humor is entertaining but does not eclipse the plot. The book ends "to be continued," so we can look forward to a sequel. 2003, Bloomsbury,
— Amie Rose Rotruck
From The Critics
Young Henry is experiencing major changes in his family. While doing some odd jobs for a neighbor, Mr. Fogarty, Henry meets Pyrgus who has crossed over from a parallel (fairy) world where he is prince of the Purple Kingdom. Henry first encounters Pyrgus as the prince passes through a portal into the Analog (real) world in his miniature, winged form only to be quickly nabbed by the cat. Together, Mr. Fogarty (an inventor), Henry and Pyrgus work to save the fairy realm from threats of war and return the prince safely home. Although it is a fantasy work with a note of humor, this book accomplishes more than just that as it deals with many modern issues, including divorce, homosexual parents, dysfunctional families and conspiracy theories. American readers will quickly get past the colloquial differences of an Irish writer and find the book an enthralling read. 2003, Bloomsbury, 370 pp., Ages young adult.
—Vinnie Bonnit
KLIATT
To quote from the review of the audiobook in this issue: Young Henry Atherton's life seems set for mayhem. First he discovers that his mother is having an affair with his father's female secretary. This is confusing for Henry, but he survives by burying himself in chores for neighbor and former thief/ mechanical genius Mr. Fogarty. Then even more excitement ensues. It is at Fogarty's place that Henry's life intersects with that of Pyrgus Malvae, a crown prince from a parallel universe who is running from the Faeries of the Night. Henry and Fogarty join forces to take the prince back home, and this complicated story becomes even more so as Henry and Pyrgus return together to defeat forces of evil. This fantasy adventure will appeal to older Artemis Fowl fans and is an ALA Best Book for YAs. (Editor's note: The sequel, The Purple Emperor, is now available in hardcover: Bloomsbury. 431p. ISBN 1582348804. ) KLIATT Codes: J*Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2003, Bloomsbury, 368p., Ages 12 to 15.
—Bette Ammon
KLIATT - Dr. Lesley Farmer
Henry helps take care of Dr. Fogarty's house. Little does he know how complicated his life will become. Dr. Fogarty was a bank robber in the past, but no one knew he was a physicist. Nor does anyone know that he has created a portal to a parallel universe inhabited by faeries. Dubious Henry discovers a whole new world inhabited by faeries, demons, and sorcerers. His parents disapprove of Henry's association with Dr. Fogarty; if they only knew... In the land of Faerie, Pyrgus Malvae wants to protect animals, particularly from a glue factory that kills kittens to improve the quality of their products. Pyrgus tries to escape the clutches of the evil manufacturers, and ends up in the Analog world of Henry and Dr. Fogarty. As the humans and faeries experience each other's worlds, life gets more complicated. For instance, Henry accidentally sees Prygus's sister naked. Dr. Fogarty is possessed by a demon who urges him to kill the Faerie king. The future of Faerie land is at stake. This fantasy is a suspenseful adventure that crosses worlds. Not surprisingly, the volume ends with unresolved issues, requiring a sequel (or two). Character development is nuanced, and the plot has some great details and twists. While not stellar, this book will be a satisfying read for most fantasy readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 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.
Kirkus Reviews
A clever, sly fantasy with immediate intrigue and plenty of science. Henry begins in England, crushed and wobbly over his parents’ impending breakup. Pyrgus begins in the Realm of Faerie, trying to save a cage of kittens from being boiled in glue. Soon Pyrgus’s life is threatened and he is "translated" into the Analogue World, where he meets Henry. Various sorcerers, slimy businessmen, and a demon prince from Hael are all after Pyrgus’s life. Henry, Henry’s elderly oddball friend with mysterious scientific brilliance, and Pyrgus’s fiercely loyal sister, Blue, help Pyrgus return home and defeat the forces of darkness. Twists and turns provide real surprises along the way; touches of gore are occasional but vivid. The portals between worlds and the overlapping of science with religion may owe a debt to Philip Pullman, but they are welcome here as well. Aside from unjustifiably archaic gender roles, this is the perfect choice for Harry Potter fans who don’t know what to read next. (Fiction. 10-14)
From the Publisher
A New York Times Bestseller

"A master of the hairpin turn, leading readers in one direction and suddenly reversing their expectations . . . Brennan excels at maintaining suspense."

The New York Times on Faerie Wars

"Brennan adeptly uses the fish-out-of-water element to make political and social commentary."—Publishers Weekly on Faerie Wars

"There is enough solid adventure in the Faerie realms to keep readers on the edge of their seats."—Booklist on Faerie Wars

"A clever, sly fantasy with immediate intrigue and plenty of science…. Twists and turns provide real surprises along the way; touches of gore are occasional but vivid….the perfect choice for Harry Potter fans who don't know what to read next. —Kirkus Reviews on Faerie Wars

"Faerie Wars is an astounding blend of fantasy, mythology and science. Herbie Brennan is a master of all three. If Herbie Brennan doesn't write a sequel, I may have to get a petition going." —Eoin Colfer, best-selling author of Artemis Fowl on Faerie Wars

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582349435
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Faerie Wars Chronicles Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 187,456
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Herbie Brennan is the author of many successful books for adults and children. Over the years his books have sold more than 7.5 million copies worldwide. By age thirty, he made the decision to devote most of his time to full-length works of fact and fiction and since then has published more than sixty books, many of them international bestsellers. Herbie lives in County Carlow, Ireland.

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Faerie Wars


By Brennan, Herbie

Tor Fantasy

Copyright © 2007 Brennan, Herbie
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0765356740

CORNERED!

It would only be a matter of time before his pursuers reached the gate. Pyrgus didn't think they'd climb over, but they might bribe a guard to let them in. In any case, he couldn't afford to hang around. He was about to make a dash across the yard when a fat rat darted from one of the buildings. It had got no more than six feet when a cobblestone exploded.
Pyrgus froze as chips of stone and bits of rat rained down on him. Chalkhill and Brimstone had laid mines around their factory? He shivered. He'd been about to run across those cobbles.
What were Chalkhill and Brimstone trying to hide? A minefield was more than the usual Faerie-of-the-Night suspicion, way more than anything you'd do to protect a formula for glue.
What was going on in the factory?


Continues...

Excerpted from Faerie Wars by Brennan, Herbie Copyright © 2007 by Brennan, Herbie. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    Wonderful!

    The story is exciting with many twists and turns. The characters are developed brilliantly. I loved this book. A note to earlier reviewers who are uncomfortable with the homosexuality that comes up in this book. What, exactly, is an 'appropriate' age for young people to be presented with homosexual themes? Your kids will be confronted with these issues in real life sooner than you think. Why not allow them to confront the issues in a safe environment, like a wonderful novel, first? Don't keep your kids from current issues. They'll only fall behind their classmates.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2007

    Horrible

    He killed cats in a horrible way... that's all I'm going to say.

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2009

    Ugh

    I thought this book would be good. The plot sounded fun and I love fantasy, so I thought I'd give it a try. I wish I wouldn't have. The book starts out with the boy finding out his mom is having an affair, with a woman, (Ugh). That turned me off right there. I put the book right down and I will never look at it again. The story was probably good, and I would have read it were it not for that stuped little tid bit.

    5 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    I felt the story was good until it came to the parents and family problems. I guess I am old fashion but I don't want my kids reading so much about homosexuality. It is not a topic I find apropriate for kids under 16 years old and the story might not be advanced enough for the older age group.

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2008

    never thought

    Never thought a book could be sooo boring.Everything was slow and I had to force myself to get through the beginning. By the time I got to the middle I just couldn't take it anymore and I had to either stop or lose my sanity and knowledge that i liked to read. You couldn't tell what would happen next but everything happened so slowly that you didn't care. The most boring novel ever pretty much sums it up.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2010

    I loved it

    There are some slow parts, but for the most part, I loved it and couldn't wait to read more. Some reviewers were turned off by the plot line of Henry's Mother being a lesbian, but I feel it's a necessary part of the story line because it makes it easier for Henry to eventually decide not to return home. If his family were sweet and wonderful we wouldn't be rooting for him to stay with Blue.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    Awesome read!

    I just finished this book and it's one of my favorites next to Harry Potter, the Bartimaeus Trilogy, and Lord of the Rings. It was a fun read with both modern and old like mixture of reading. Herbie is a great writer and the book was fast moving and never disappointing.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2008

    an ok book

    Faerie Wars was a pretty good book. It was exciting at some parts and super boring at others. The part when Pyrgus was captured by demons was exciting, but the beginning was super boring. I probably wont read the next book. Henry is a boy who just found out that his mom likes another woman. Pyrgus is a kid from another dimension and is crown prince. He gets into a lot of trouble, and when the trouble is highest, he is sent to the Analogue world where everything goes wrong. Henry finds the kid as a fairy.... weird huh? And now they must find a way for Pyrgus to get back. This book is for fantasy readers. There is a little action here, but it is mostly calm through out the story. This story has fairies, demons, stun wands, wizards, and a lot of imaginary stuff. This would be great for Harry Potter fans.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2006

    Eh...

    This book was okay. I thought the plot was too similar to other plots of different books. I am not, however, going to finish the series. It just didn't capture my interest enough. An okay read, but there are better books out there. Though, I warn you, beware of some homosexual content in this book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    To how odd

    Have you ever read Harry Potter? You um kind of missed out on the best fantasy books out there if you havent. :) Just a suggestion! :)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Fun but Childish

    This was an okay read. It wasn't bad, it was rather quite fun. Though I don't recommend it for serious adult reading, teens or preteens will get a kick out of the series.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2007

    A wonderful change of pace

    I loved this book so much I went and bought the next 2 and read them all within 5 days. Great series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2007

    GOOD

    This book is a good book for fans of Artemis Fowl books, but I wouldn't recomend it for kids. It's kind of slow in the beginning but it gets better and once at the middle it's impossible to put down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006

    Thrilling story that you could not put down!

    It had it's ups and downs but it was so awesome! Both the plot and the conclusion was well thought out. I am looking forward to reading The Purple Emperor!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2006

    Up and Down

    The book started preety well but towards the beginnig I was kinda disheartened but I pressed on to find that it was a very well thought out and planned story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2006

    Only halfway done

    Well, I'm only halfway through with this book. Why? I let my friend borrow it on the band bus...and she got so into it I felt i really ought to let her borrow for it the weekend! She finished it like the next day and immediately got on here and ordered the sequel! Wow! Anyway, it's very rare that I go into a bookstore and pick out a book that I've not a)read before b)read something else by the author before c)had reccomended to me But with this one I did. I just walked in the store, looked for a good title, and bought. It was such a rush for me :P. But I thought it jumped into the story really quickly. I've been surprised so many times so far...with Pyrgus's parentage, oh, I can't think off the top of my head, but lots of stuff. I would most likely reccomend this to someone, even though it has some words that I don't like :( But I will probably get the sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2006

    Awesome Book

    Faerie Wars has all the elements of a good book. It's creative, funny, serious, scary and much more. Readers 12+ would enjoy this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    FAERIES V.S ARTEMIS FOWL SLUGFEST

    We proubaly have a hard time naming the champ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    This book is brutally boring. Do not read.

    This book is brutally boring. Do not read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Great characters, great plot with many twists and turns.  Great

    Great characters, great plot with many twists and turns.  Great and unexpected humor!  Love this book and the entire series!

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