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Faerie Wars (Tor Fantasy)
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Henry Atherton thinks his life is spinning out of control. But nothing prepares him for the invisible portal in old man Fogarty's backyard . . . and the unexpected stranger who comes through it. Pyrgus Malvae, crown prince of the Faerie realm, is on the run. Too many people want the rebellious young heir dead: a scheming sorcerer, a powerful demon, the malignant leader of the Faeries of the Night, and maybe even a hidden traitor within his father's court. Henry and Pyrgus come from very different worlds, but it may be up to Henry to save all of Faerie from being conquered by the Nightside, even if it means crossing over to a magical realm where nothing is ever what it seems . . . and no one can be trusted.
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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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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.

Two worlds collide in Brennan's (Frankenstella and the Video Store Monster) humorous tale of warring Faerie factions and their impact on the "real" world. Young Henry Atherton, troubled by the impending disintegration of his parents' marriage, stumbles upon the discovery of a lifetime when he saves a Faerie, Pyrgus Malvae, from the clutches of a cat that mistook him for a butterfly. Pyrgus teaches Henry about the portals that connect the land of Faeries with the human world. As heir to the throne of the Faerie realm, Pyrgus must hide from the agents of the Faeries of the Night, the sinister element of the magical kingdom. And if Pyrgus didn't have enough problems with Lord Hairstreak, leader of the "Nighters," the evil Silas Brimstone is also after him. Brimstone may be one of the nastiest villains in recent memory-the success of his glue factory, for example, is due to a secret ingredient: kittens. Brennan adeptly uses the fish-out-of-water element to make political and social commentary (e.g., Pyrgus is an ardent animal rights activist whose arguments echo many that readers will recognize); he also gently handles some difficult topics (Henry's parents are on the rocks because his mother is having a lesbian affair). Less militaristic and more artistic than Eoin Colfer's wildly successful Artemis Fowl books, this will still bring much pleasure to fans of that series, and to fantasy readers in general. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Faerie Wars is an astounding blend of fantasy, mythology and science. Herbie Brennan is a master of all three. "Solid adventure in the Faerie realm [will] keep readers on the edge of their seats." "A clever, sly fantasy with immediate intrigue and plenty of science.... The perfect choice for Harry Potter fans who don't know what to read next." "A master of the hairpin turn, leading readers in one direction and suddenly reversing their expectations.... Brennan excels at maintaining suspense." 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 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" 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"" 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" " 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" " 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 go 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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