Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #1)

Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #1)

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by Herbie Brennan

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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.  See more details below


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.

Editorial Reviews

Eoin Colfer
"Faerie Wars is an astounding blend of fantasy, mythology and science. Herbie Brennan is a master of all three.
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.
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
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
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)

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Bloomsbury USA
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Faerie Wars Chronicles Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 7.74(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Faerie Wars

By Brennan, Herbie

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Copyright © 2007 Brennan, Herbie
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ISBN: 0765356740


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?


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Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He killed cats in a horrible way... that's all I'm going to say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is brutally boring. Do not read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book starts with all sorts of plot points you normally wouldn't expect to see in a children's book, and it appears to lay a pretty good foundation. But there just isn't enough depth, the characters nicely wrap things up with knowledge and powers that were never alluded to or hinted at. Too much convenience a la Deus ex Machina. And some of you may say 'yes, but it's a *children's* book,' and to you I say, look at the popularity of Harry Potter. Rowling's books are more thourough, don't dumb down for kids and kid's (and adults) love them. 2.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course not! Taken from Katfish by Obert Skye. He is awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read. Well worth the money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the beginning the boy finds out his mom is having an affair. This ruined it for me. Please don not read. I wouldnt have given this even one star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read sampe and....i wasbt expecting all um...that.......so um i wuldnt read it but that dosent meab that u can sooooo.......yea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We proubaly have a hard time naming the champ
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Great characters, great plot with many twists and turns.  Great and unexpected humor!  Love this book and the entire series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book i didnt want to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book, one of my favorite series in fact. For those of you saying things about the homosexuality of this book, shame on you. You obviosly aren't very open-minded. Besides, that's not even a tenth of the story. By the way, I read this book when I was merely twelve, (thought absolutly nothing of the homosexuality when I read it) and couldn't put it down. I even made my library order the sequels.
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