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Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  9,389 ratings  ·  382 reviews
When Henry Atherton helps Mr. Fogarty clean up around his house, he expects to find a mess and a cranky old man; what he doesn't expect to find is Pyrgus Malvae, crown prince of the Faerie realm, who has escaped the treacherous Faeries of the Night by traveling to the human world through a portal powered by trapped lightning. An egomaniacal demon prince, greedy glue factor ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 16th 2003 by Bloomsbury Children's Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Okay, I'm going to give my critique! I still am glassy-eyed from staying up *literally* all night to finish this book! When you cannot pry a book from your fingers, that means it's good, right? I certainly think so.
- To be fair: This is a down-the-line sci-fi/fantasy, IMO. As someone who has extremely little patience for and limited understanding of fiction technology, I could have done with less "science" but that's a person-to-person thing. My little brothers read this series and recommended
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R
Feb 24, 2012 R rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to R by: a friend
Where to begin...
Ah! I have a question! IS THIS REALLY SUPPOSED TO BE A YOUNG ADULT STORY? It was more like something I would have read when I was 10. This book is classified as YA and the reviews hype it as, "The next Harry Potter!" I had high hopes for this book and they fell short; oh so short. I will not say it was poorly written grammatically or structurally. I would give it somewhere between a 3 and a 4 out of 5 in that respect. However, the story-line is a 2 out of 5 without a doubt—in so
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Katherine
I think I would have liked this much better if I were under the age of 15, appreciated British humor, and was more interested in action & adventure instead of just science fiction/urban fantasy. It's a pretty good story, with a bit of silly humor and a bit of potty humor (boils on the bottom). The villains were laughable in their ridiculousness and the younger characters really took charge and made the important and adult decisions. Some scenes may be unsuitable for particularly sensitive ch ...more
Melissa
I have to be honest... This book got off to a s-l-o-o-o-w start for me. I had probably read about a third of the book or more before things picked up. I can't say that Henry's backstory about his family situation added much to the book, either--it didn't seem very relevant to the plot, but rather a chance to introduce the idea of the possibility of having a parent who turns out to be a homosexual. And no, I am not suggesting there is something wrong with that, and I assume that Brennan gives us ...more
Martha
I recently picked up several fantasy books in the young adult range, this one being the first. The book begins with our main hero, Henry, a young boy living in England. Henry is friends with a weird and highly paranoid old man, is saving up for an ipod, and just found out that his mother is having an affair with his father's secretary. A bit harsh for an opening, but there's certainly no doubt that Henry lives in the real, modern-day world.

Then there's Pyrgus, the other hero of the story. His wo
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Andrea
While this book was written for young adults....there are some things in this novel that I would not like my tween or even teen reading.
The book begins with Henry finding out his mother is having an affair with his fathers secretary. I found this totally irrelevant other than to leave Henry in a horrible situation. This could have been arranged by many other means.
Further more there is graphic discriptions of demon congering with the use of animal sacrifice. While the "demons" are really just i
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Jose Prado
Fearie Wars by Herbie Brenan is a wonderfull book filled with mystery, action, magic, science, and love. It all starts out with Henry who found out a magical faerei in the back yard of Mr.Fogarty, an old man who believes in faeries and aliens and thinks that the CIA is always after him. After a few days with the little Fearie boy (Pyrgus) they realize that he is actually a prince from another world sabotaged and nearly killed by many Nighters in his world.

With the faerie boy there Henry found a
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Steph Su
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 ...more
Jodotha
This was a pretty decent book, though not something that gripped me from start to finish, even though I had hoped it would. It's difficult for me to write anything less than a stellar review, but in all fairness, I'll be honest. "Fairie Wars" was not written for me and mine. This book would fit very nicely on the shelf of a young guy - maybe a Tolkien fan who's looking to upgrade his geek standing (not that there's anything wrong with Tolkien, I'm just borrowing the stereotype here...).
It's an o
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Barbara
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Avory
This is a fun, light YA fantasy that moves back and forth between our world and an alternate dimension. Though it wasn't anything particularly spectacular to read, it was funny and the plot keeps you moving along. The only thing I really didn't like was the ludicrous "lesbian mom" plot, that was just treated quite badly and detracted from the actual fantasy part of the book. I understand wanting to give the kid a personal crisis in this dimension to contrast with what happens to him in the faeri ...more
Pauline
Henry est un jeune garçon qui a une vie ordinaire... Jusqu'au jour où il apprend la séparation de ses parents et où il découvre un elfe dans le jardin du vieil homme chez qui il travaille ! S'ensuit alors une grande épopée, entre le monde des humains et celui des elfes, ce dernier étant en proie à une menace de guerre imminente...



Mon avis est très mitigé, voire même négatif, concernant ce roman. D'un côté, il est intéressant, la plume est fluide et il se lit très vite. Les personnages sont intér
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Lori
*Did not finish

So 70 pages in and not much is happening. The book had a strong start with interesting characters, but when it barely shifts focus to introduce the fantasy aspect, it, instead, switches scenes entirely to a different set of new characters with no hint that they're ever going to intersect with the first story being told. Baffling is the best description. The plot isn't bad; it isn't good; it's MIA.
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
I disliked this book to the point I did not finish it. It didn't take long to get to the part where they were throwing live kittens in the vat to make glue, a character took a goat dead for four days, skinned and gutted it and nailed the hide and then the guts to the wall in a particular pattern for a ritual.... Just not my thing. Maybe it got better but I had had enough.
StoryTellerShannon
I gave this novel about 30 pages and found myself not engaged whatsoever. SPOILERS: The whole mother having an affair with the secretary was an interesting change as to why a child's parents break up but that wasn't enough to keep me going. Overall, I found it too slow for my tastes.

MY GRADE: C minus; WHEN READ: January 2012.
Danielle
There's a lot of little details in this book that didn't fit right. Like at one point, a member of the faerie realm mentions "turkish delights". There are other mentions of Analogue things in the faerie world with no explanation. I'm sure that those people have never been outside their own world. To many odd coincidences.

Also, the end of the book was... awkward. It was abrupt with, what felt like, no discernible climax. When I finished it I was still waiting for something to happen. And then th
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Tracy Jones
Henry's world is turned upside down when he finds out that his mother is having an affair- especially when he finds out that its with another woman that works with his father. Henry escapes by visiting his friends and working for his batty old neighbor, Mr. Fogarty. Henry discovers a faerie in Mr. Fogarty's garden, captures it in a jam jar, and discovers from him that there's a whole other world parellel to theirs, with plenty of intrugie of its own.

My best friend gave me this book when she was
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Rachael
Little iffy in the beginning, but I actually really liked it. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the series goes!
Minh Vu
Fairy Wars, by Herbie Brennan, is a fictional book that consists of a mix of science fiction and fantasy. It also includes themes of courage and wisdom. Overall it was a fast read, that is considering that you can’t put it down.
Basically it’s about a teenage boy named Henry Atherton who lives in England. His parents are divorced, seeing that his mother is now homosexual, and he has one sister. He works for an old man, Mr. Fogarty, who is paranoid and always thinks that the CIA is after him. T
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Kitty-Lydia Dye
Henry discovers a fairy in old Mr Fogarty’s back garden. Pyrgus, prince of the faerie realm, has entered the human world after breaking the law when he saves kittens from being turned into glue. However, back in Pyrgus’ world a war between the light and night faeries is about to begin, pulling Henry, Mr Fogarty and Pyrgus into a battle against demons and traitors...

I found it really hard to get into Faerie Wars. It starts off with Henry and the breakup between his mum and dad but it’s so drawn o
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Lore Lippincott
Oh, book... I tried to read you, but I couldn't. Sure, I'll blame it on myself, my lack of interest in your extremeness, your unusual practices of back-tracking when omissions would've been more useful, your vulgarity and your attempts to paint a whimsical Hell that all can enjoy... And yet I began to dread having to pick you up and plunge into your misshapen reality once again. So, seventy pages in, I gave you up for brighter, better books, as I value my life and the shortness of my time on thi ...more
Natalie
I'm going to start my review with a few criticisms before I get into what I liked about this book. My first problem was with the cover of the audio book version. I refuse to make it the edition on my read list because it has such a bad illustration. Thankfully I didn't have to carry the case around with me everywhere like I would a book cover. Secondly, Harry's family problems seemed like they were going to have a huge part of the book when they first started, then they weren't important at all. ...more
Rachel
This review was originally posted to my blog in October 2012

The Faerie Wars started out in a way that I hadn't expected, but, to be honest, I'm not sure of what I expected because the copy I have has no synopsis whatsoever on it!

It started off by confusing me a bit, switching perspective between worlds a few times before it finally settled into the plot. Once it did, I was very glad I had picked it up. I ended up really loving the way it switched perspectives. It ended up telling a story that wo
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Jaemi
Henry Atherton thought he was living a pretty normal life. Sure, working for Mr. Fogarty could be strange, as the man was completely paranoid, but all in all things were good. He even made his cardboard pig fly–and that’s no mean feat. But when he comes down to breakfast to find his Mother acting strangely, and his father turns up acting even stranger, he starts to get the feeling something is amiss.

He mulls it over on the ride to Mr. Fogarty’s with his father, and bites the bullet when he gets
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Marie-Josee Larouche
A friend read this book to me once when I was very young and I loved it. I have just recently found it a couple of months ago in a bookstore and I bought it immediately! It's too bad that I was unable to read it has much as I hoped to have, but I just finished it! (2 months after ahving started reading it)

I love the world and the magic and mystery that Pyrgus lives in. I love the idea about the multi dimensions and how they travel through portals between worlds. I have always believes - or hope
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Richie Partington
24 December 2002 FAERIE WARS by Herbie Brennan, Bloomsbury, March 2003

I had never been one to willingly read about wizards and magic, yet that first chapter of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE sure got my attention. (Four books later, Harry's still got my attention.) But despite being the most exciting Advance Reading Copy I have ever pulled out of my mailbox, Harry Potter did not convert me into being a reader of wizard books. I felt, and still feel, that those other publishers who suddenl
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Caroline
It took awhile for me to get into the book, as the first few chapters set the stage for bringing the main characters together. After that, the story picked up, and began to become an enticing story. Faerie Wars is a bit different than the other YA faerie novels and stories out and popular at the moment in that it really doesn’t have any romance happening for or between the characters (though the end of the book seems to suggest this may not be the case for the second book in the series).

There ar
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ke-sha
(Contains Spoilers)I really liked this book. It was slow in the start but picked up some steam. My favroite Character in this book by far is the old guy Fogarty He was the most Hilarious and loveable character. Pyrgus at first was annoying and frankly for a while there I was sideing with the people who wanted to kill him(yeah he got on my nerves that much) but the feeling lessened somewhat over the course of the book.I hope it continues to lessen over the course of the next book. I really like H ...more
Kris
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Melissa Bennett
This book is about the world of Faerie and our world (called the Analogue world). The people from the Faerie world aren't fairies but just regular people just like us that live a little differently. That is, until they use their portal to come into our world. Then when they pass through they become a fairy (unless you use a filter). And thus starts of the story of Henry - a boy from our world and Pyrgus - a boy from Faerie world. Pyrgus gets stuck in our world and needs the help of Henry and old ...more
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What you should know

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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“Brimstone: '...I shall smite thee with my fightful blasting wand so that thy teeth shall drop out, thy skin shall wrinkle, thou shalt have boils on thy bottom and be subject to night sweats, ringing in the ears, falling sickness, flaking dandruff, arthritis, lumbago, uncontrollable dribbling, deafness, runny nose, and ingrowing toenails. Amen.” 16 likes
“He caught me stealing his golden phoenix.'
Tithonus closed his eyes briefly. 'Good grief!' He opened them again. 'I was half hoping it wasn't true. Have you any idea of the implications?'
'He was mistreating it!' Pyrgus protested.
'Of course he was mistreating it. This is Black Hairstreak we're talking about. He mistreats his own mother. I don't suppose you stole her as well?”
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