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Ruler of the Realm (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #3)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  3,421 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
It is Henry's third visit to the Faerie Realm, but this time in a rather different guise and to a different kind of place. Holly Blue is Queen and Lord Hairstreak appears to be proposing a truce between the Faeries of the Night and the Faeries of the Light. Meanwhile, Prince Pyrgus has stumbled across some mysterious crystal flowers with an apparently formidable secret wea ...more
Hardcover, USA Edition, 430 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Bloomsbury Children's Books (first published June 16th 2006)
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Oh my gosh. Wow. Started at 7 - finished at 1:35. Review to follow...

The phrase "not everything is as it seems" could be the slogan of this third installment! Even though the first book is called Faerie WARS, it seems to me that we are finally getting to the 'war' part in this book. Those Nighters don't give up! Those demons aren't dead after all! Those aliens - wait, ALIENS?!?! Don't worry, they're really just the demons. Let's not get toooo into sci-fi. Everything has been leading up to this!
Jun 04, 2011 Sinovera rated it liked it
This book's structure was so weird. It spent HOW many pages building up the whole situation? Then it spent basically 10 pages (maybe even less?) wrapping it all up. The whole book was people going, "The Nighters did whaaa?!" "The Lighters did whaaa?!" "The demons did whaaa?!" "HUUUH?!" "OOOH I GET IT!" The End. It was odd. It almost felt like Brennan wanted to write this long well formed book... and then ran out of time at the end. Things wrapped up too fast. Not enough description, not enough d ...more
Jun 14, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: youth-fantasy
I read this book last night. Yep, the whole thing last night. So...clearly it was a good story. The only repetitiveness is that the Fairies of the Night and the Demons from Hael keep showing up again to almost start a war. It's new a different each time.

But, this one got a little bit weird. More swearing, albeit minor swears and some fictional land swears, lots more grown up thematic material, as in, about re-la-tions. And not your mother-in-law.
I'm just not sure I would want my young adult rea
Aug 19, 2013 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
After the Purple Emperor, Pyrgus Malvae's father is laid to rest, and his younger sister, Holly Blue, is given the throne, Lord Hairstreak finally suggests a truce. The ever-brimming civil war between the Faeries of Night and Faeries of Light might finally come to an end. Yet, Blue isn't sure she trusts her uncle's offer. Pyrgus has also found something strange growing in the Nighter capital, something that could threaten the Realm's existence. And Henry, poor Henry, is starting to doubt his san ...more
Sep 19, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
Recommended to Andrea by: No one. I found BK2 at a dollar store, and got the rest from the library.
Shelves: buy
Ahh! Such a good ending! This is the 3rd book and it is just as good as the first 2.

You can't read these books out of order!...Well, maybe you could. -But it would be less satisfying to read it backward; which would make you privy to random information that you shouldn't know unless you started with book 1 & worked your way up. Working your way up is more fun.

And concerning Book 3...
Who knew that Henry could be so heroic!? >.<
I thought that the ending was a bit abrupt; n
Jul 19, 2014 Lynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I spotted FAERIE WARS at a yard sale and paid either .50 cents or a dollar for it. I thought the cover was really cool and the synopsis on the back sounded interesting.

Once I got home and started to read it I noticed the next book was advertised in the back pages and that's when I remembered seeing the second book in this series at that same yard sale.
So the next day, my husband and I drove over to that house - I just happened to catch the owner there and when I told her I'd bought the first bo
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it
Queen Holly Blue knows that the fate of the Faerie Realm is at stake, and it is up to her to declare war on the Faeries of the Night. Much to her sunrise she receives word of a non-aggression treaty proposed by their leader, her Uncle, but can she trust him.

Meanwhile Henry Atherton is still at home in the human world dealing with his mother’s new girlfriend and interrupts his father’s very young girlfriend when emerging from the shower. He is obviously under a lot of stress and assumes that he i
Craig Smith
Jun 06, 2011 Craig Smith rated it really liked it
I've been doing a reading challenge and been updating my progress as I go along. So here are my thoughts at different stages in the book.

Page 21: Got this set of books for Christmas a few years back. Been enjoying them immensely ever since. In my honest opinion one of the best/if not the best real world/fairy world crossover books ever. Being YA novels Herbie Brennan has spared none of the gory details and tries to gross you out at almost every turn. And being books ful
Jan 26, 2008 Tapestrymlp rated it did not like it
Usually books suffer from the sophmore slump. Unfortunately, the Faerie Chronicles is terminally cursed when it comes to the third book. Was this even written by the same author? It was horrible. Awful. I want my hours back!

I have a few major pet peeves when it comes to books. A major one is authors forgetting their own story and contradicting themselves. There were some major holes in Ruler of the Realm. The first was the fact Henry suddenly looks normal ... and yet when The Purple Emperor clos
Cathleen Ash
Henry's losing it. No, really. He thinks he's losing his mind. It must be the stress, he decides. His dad living with some young girlfriend who's not much older than he is. His mom having an affair with his dad's secretary. Um, a girl. Yeah. So - his mom's a lesbian, his dad's moved out and a divorce is on the way.
He talks to his friend Charlie about it - she's the only one he talks to about it. It's too horrible to talk about. She's not sure who will get custody of Henry and his sister, either
Amy Bradley
Jun 25, 2016 Amy Bradley rated it liked it
Third in the young adult series Faerie Wars Chronicle. Henry, after having been back in the normal world for a while, has begun to question whether his time in Faerie was real or not, or perhaps just his mind dealing with stress of his parents' separation -- only for him to promptly to be abducted by aliens/demons. The Faerie of Night are offering a peace treaty, but Queen Blue is suspicious. Much in the same vein as the first two novels, but still enjoyable.
Jan 07, 2008 Turdlemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advisory
This is the third book of this series and its about the light and dark faeries trying to make an alliance to prevent the prince of hael (their version of hell) from gaining control of the world including our world. So This boy from the analogue world (Earth) goes to their realm to help out Blue, the Faerie Queen of the light, also the one he secretly loves. Together they have to stop the Prince of Hael from taking over the realms so Blue's uncle is part of the faerie of the dark and so they unit ...more
Dec 15, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: physically-own
Faerie Wars was an all-around great book. Purple Emperor wasn't quite as good, but I still liked it. This one...I would classify most of the plot of this one as weird. It was still interesting, and it was actually REALLY good at the very end, but there were a few places where I felt like I was plodding through.

However, I did really enjoy some of the character growth. I'm getting kind of annoyed at the Henry-Blue relationship, and wish that Brennan would do something already. This book didn't fin
Feb 17, 2008 Cathy rated it really liked it
Faerie of the Light Queen Holly Blue, her brother Pyrgus, Gatemaster Fogarty, and the Painted Lady find their world shifting and tilting dangerously towards war. Henry, having been abducted by demons and subsequently working for them kidnaps Blue. Pyrgus leaps at the chance to do reconnaissance work, in his usual bumbling manner. Meanwhile the former bank robber and mechanical genius from the "Analogue World," Fogarty, has assumed the robes of the Purple Emperor until Blue is returned. The actio ...more
Kelsi Martin
Dec 31, 2015 Kelsi Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I greatly enjoyed this book, I started reading in the middle of the series and plan to read the first book I was pleased to find that I was able to understand the story without being familiar with the previous books. I am happy to say I have found a new book series to delve into.
Nancy Lines
Mar 29, 2015 Nancy Lines rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fae
I bought this book at goodwill for .50 cents, I didn't know this was the 3rd book of a trilogy, I couldn't stop putting the book down it was so interesting. I ordered the other 2 editions (part one and part two) on amazon.
Brad Jackson
May 18, 2015 Brad Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series

Some twists and turns get a little daunting and frustrating at times but still a great read and always ties together at the end. Hard to put down.
Nov 24, 2011 Vivienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

While I found this third in the series a little less confident in terms of pacing and somewhat unsure of where it was going, it still was a great deal of fun and proved an ideal audio book companion for driving in my car. The short chapter format suited this well.

I was also a little thrown off by the change in narrators from Gerald Doyle to James Daniel Wilson, especially as he decided to pronounce Prince Pyrgus' name differently to Doyle, which bugged me to no end for a while. Still, he had a w
Mar 31, 2008 Terri rated it liked it
This third book in the Faerie Wars Chronicles finds Holly Blue ruling the Faerie Realm and receiving a suspicious offer of peace from her uncle, the evil Lord Hairstreak, and the Faeries of the Night while Henry is facing his parents' separate new romances in the "real world." Holly sets out on an action-filled quest to discover the truth behind the offer that leads to kidnapping, betrayal, romance, and danger. Readers who enjoyed the first two books will not be disappointed as Brennan brings th ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Pam rated it did not like it
I would never recommend this trilogy to any young reader. Full of swear words and sex and violence. Terrible.
Jun 16, 2010 Eric rated it liked it
well Henry is back at his realm and has to deal with his mom's Girlfriend (lez) but he is ported back to faerie world. This is when Blue is kidnapped by henry because the demons are using him. The light Faeries' are frighting with the night faerie's which is under Hairstreak control. This book series is my first book that has to do with different realms. This book does not remind me of any other book because i have never read anything like this. The chapters are very short so it changes from cha ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rusty by: PBS friend
If you are a fan of The Faerie Wars Chronicles you find this an exciting read. Queen Holly Blue of the Faeries of the Light is faced with a war with her uncle, Lord Black Hairstreak who is leader of the Faeries of the Night. Knowing how devious he can be, she doesn't know whether his negotiation offer is to be believed. War does begin but before it can fully develop, Beleth, the Prince of Darkness, has a surprise for both of them. The tale unfolds with unbelieving quickness as the wonderful char ...more
Karen Léger
Dec 08, 2015 Karen Léger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Très bon livre, l'histoire ne tourne pas en rond et chaque livre est une découverte.
May 27, 2015 Dee rated it liked it
Who knew book characters could lick their lips so much...? Very annoying and unnecessary.
Nov 21, 2010 Sabine rated it really liked it
If you are going to change the person who is reading your audio books, maybe you should have them listen to the first two so they don't change one of the lead characters names so drastically and horribly it takes half the audio book to stop shuddering every time you hear it. That being said, except for a few minor glitches, I really liked this one. Still have the whole Mom is a Lesbian thing that I could do without as it has nothing to do with the real story, but loved everything in the Realm. R ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Abel rated it it was amazing
I love the whole series.

Sapete, questo volume della saga sulla Guerra degli Elfi è abbastanza incasinato.
Brennan sta perdendo il tocco... il primo era così bello e divertente... invece Il regno in pericolo sta cominciando a diventare inverosimile. Non che sia brutto, però la costruzione della vicenda è troppo complessa e ingarbugliata perché uno riesca a seguirla linearmente come era successo per i capitoli precedenti.

E poi lo catalogano come libro "6-10 anni". A me non pare proprio!
Aug 30, 2007 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: youngadult
The third book in its series, I simply loved it. It had me guessing to the last minute and held a few great surprises up its sleeve. The series is about two normal humans, a young boy and an old man who end up getting entangled in an alternate world of faeries, where Night and Light faeries feud constantly. There's some romance, some intrigue and a lot of demons, faeries, and fighting. The fourth one comes out in December and I'm much looking forward to it.
Jan 03, 2011 Queen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This series rules...

I want an endlog for a pet. Would make my life wonderful. I'd finally know if people were truly being honest with me or not.
I love Blue - she's bloody brilliant.
Poor Henry and his wack-a-doo mother, father and sister.
Also... go feral Faeries, Fogarty and Madame Cardui.

Love, love, love this.

Shout out to her excellency JESSICA DAY GEORGE (it's always in caps when I say it in my head too) for highly recommending this series.
S Castillo
Sep 20, 2014 S Castillo rated it liked it
It was ok I like the end
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Name: Herbie Brennan

Occupation: Author

Favourite book: The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber.

Favourite subjects: Esoteric matters, psychical research, anomalies, Mac computers, other people and cats.

Favourite journals: Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, Mac Format.

Favourite holiday spot: Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland.

Number of books published: 108.

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“Speaking of lunacy,' remarked Pyrgus later, 'are you in love with my sister?'
Oh, yes!' Henry said at once.”
“We've got a war going on, the demons are invading, you got implanted by the Prince of Darkness and you're worried I'll make you stick your finger up your bum and bark like a dog? This is serious!'
- Mr. Fogarty”
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