Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #1)

Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #1)

by Herbie Brennan


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ISBN-13: 9781582349435
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Series: Faerie Wars Chronicles Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 421,590
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.74(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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


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. 133 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
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
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
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
kawgirl on LibraryThing 18 days ago
A friend gave me this book. I wasn't sure I would like it, but it turned out to be a good read.
stephxsu on LibraryThing 18 days ago
After someone tries to kill Pyrgus, the Crown Prince of the faerie world, his father, the Purple Emperor, sends him off into the Analogue World (aka the world we humans live in) for safety from their political enemies, the Faeries of the Night. However, the translator they used to send Pyrgus into the other world has been sabotaged, sending Pyrgus drastically off course, landing him in the middle of present-day England, in the backyard of a paranoid old Mr. Fogarty. Mr. Fogarty enlists the help of Henry, his helping boy with family troubles, to construct a translator to send Pyrgus back to his own world.The Purple Emperor and his subjects frantically search for Pyrgus to save him from his death, knowing that the Faeries of the Night are concocting something terrible. However, Pyrgus is sabotaged once again¿ this time by the demons, allies of the Faeries of the Night and creatures whom we know as aliens. The demons intend to kill Pyrgus and his father, throwing the Faeries of the Light into chaos and thus succeeding in overthrowing the government. Now it seems like the only two who can stop the demons are Henry and Pyrgus¿ fearless little sister, Blue, an accomplished spy with intelligence and beauty.FAERIE WARS, the first in this captivating series by Herbie Brennan, engaged me in the first paragraph and didn¿t let go. Brennan does a fantastic job of keeping up the suspense all the way through the novel, purposely alternating points of view to keep readers on their toes. With his vivid writing, I felt like I was actually there alongside the main characters as they struggled against terrifying enemies. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves fantasy, science fiction, action, and Harry Potter (that should cover about everyone, shouldn¿t it?).
heidilove on LibraryThing 18 days ago
wow. now this is a faery novel that breathes some life into a genre that was nearly dead. Thanks to Brennan, we have unlikely heroes once, surly champions and not-so-delicate creatures of fancy. Intriguing, well-written, and fresh.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Good fantasy about a Prince of Faerie who gets transported to the Analogue (read our) world for his safety. With the help of his friends he gets back home only to be kidnapped by a demon. The story is good, but there are elements ¿ such as Henry¿s home life ¿ that either should have been discussed more or less.
saelfa on LibraryThing 18 days ago
This book was ok, amusing. Interesting spin on faeries.
edspicer on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Teen reading surveys consistently demonstrate teen¿s loyalty to fantasy. Faerie Wars will not disappoint them. Harry Atherton rescues a ¿butterfly¿ from a cat. This simple act launches us into parallel worlds. Purple Empires are under attack. The forces of Hael are loosed. Evil must be repelled. Harry and the ¿butterfly,¿ Pyrgus Malvae, a faerie Prince, team together with cranky Mr. Fogarty to protect both worlds. Plenty of actions, plenty of characters, tons of detail cater to the serious fantasy fan craving complexity. The action keeps us up late at night turning the pages; it may even allow us to forgive a missing plot edit. Teens who have read this, say it is first rate.
CheriePie69 on LibraryThing 18 days ago
I totally enjoyed this foray into the Faerie Realm with Henry, Mr. Fogarty, Pyrgus, and Blue, and look forward to reading the 2nd book in the series, The Purple Emperor. This is billed as a young adult book, assumingly because of the age of the characters. But the plot was intriguing with multiple things going on, and can just as easily draw in any adult.Henry didn't believe in faeries until he caught one in Mr. Fogarty's backyard, saving it from Hodge the cat. But once Pyrgus fills them in on the attempts on his life, and explains how he must get back to the Faerie Realm to warn his father, the Purple Emperor, against an imminent attack. Behind the scenes, the Nightside Faeries have allied with the Demon Realm to insure the success of their attacks. But can Henry and Mr. Fogarty do their part to help the Lightside Fairies from falling into oblivion at the hands of these dark forces?
laur04 on LibraryThing 20 days ago
This book may seem a little childish, but it was eventually it got good enough to read for pleasure. The first chapter was a little more than strange. It dealt with a boy named Henry who was dealing with the news that his mother was now a lesbian. Like I said, a little more than strange. I kept thinking, "This is a children's book? What does this have to do with fairies?" By just reading the first chapter, I would have put the book down and read something a little less weird. But I decided to continue reading and was surprised at how good it got. The second chapter dealt with a character in a different world; complete fantasy fiction. However, much to my dismay, this character (Pyrgus) met up with the character from the very beggining (Henry). Just by the names, I'm sure you'll figure out which one was more interesting to read about. The book only got better as mysteries started to build and surprising plot twists unfolded. The author also added a variety of different characters with distinct personalities. All in all, this book was a good read and I am thinking about gettting the sequel.
bookcurse on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan is a scifi about a faerie world and our analog world. It is kinda like a myth [we've been studying them in language arts] because it has lots of explanations for things, from UFOs and demons to why the faeries we see have wings. AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH! I am going completely away from the story and making it look like a spiced up history book, which is definitely not the case. Let's begin. There is a boy named Henry. His life is like a book that I tried writing once, and still have on my hard drive [if I get comments about it I could put it in a series of posts]; all the action at once and a horrible aftermath. then he goes to clean up an old man's house, like he does once or twice a week. He is slightly insane, always rambling on about aliens and how the CIA & FBI are all being mindwashed as I type. and his cat is a menace to the many-legged society. So when he sees this cat start to chomp on a beautiful butterfly, he saves it's life, or rather the life of Pyrgus Malvae, a faerie prince from a parralel world. This prince was escaping from usurpers who are trying to overthrow his father, the king, or as they call him there, "The Purple Emperor". Pyrgus loves animals, and before he changed worlds was in trouble from saving kittens from a glue factory, where they would have been boiled alive as the main ingredient. Then Henry and old mr. Fogarty [the neighbor whose yard he cleans] go to Pyrgus' native land, him included with the travelers to save the lives of Pyrgus and his people. His is a thrilling tale full of adventure, good for ages [at least I think] 10+.
aperrigo on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Fun reading, but takes place mostly in Faerie land...
Joybee on LibraryThing 20 days ago
An enjoyable book. Henry stumbles upon a faerie in Mr. Fogarty's (an old man for who Henry does odd jobs) garden. While trying to help the faerie get back home, Henry and Mr. Fogarty are pulled into a war between good and evil. This is a great book. It is a mix of fantasy and science fiction and the hero is very lovable. I will definitely read more of the series.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This story follows Henry, and his newfound friend Pyrgus; his friend from another Relm. Getting in and out of trouble with the vengefull "Faeries of the Night".