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Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  10,701 ratings  ·  416 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
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
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
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
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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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
Henry Atherton una mattina scopre che sua madre è lesbica ed ha una relazione con la segretaria di suo padre, Anais Ward. Sconcertato da questa notizia, si reca dal signor Alan Fogarty, vecchio eccentrico, ex-fisico nucleare ed ex-rapinatore di banche, per il quale Henry tiene in ordine la casa.
Pyrgus Malvae, un giovane Elfo della Luce, primogenito del Monarca Danaus Plexippus del Regno degli Elfi, si trova nei guai dopo aver commesso il furto di una preziosa fenice ai danni di Lord Cossus Rodil
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
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
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
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
This book. (!!!!)

I read it when I was younger and I just absolutely loved it. I read it when I was about 13, and I liked that it was a little bit grittier, a little bit more serious than most fantasy books. The protagonist seemed to be making some quite serious decisions throughout the story, which I appreciated as well. There are quite a few 'mature' themes, but to be honest, it's fiction. I'm... more or less happy, as a teacher, when I see kids reading.


I loved Brennan's British/Irish w
There are some books that you stop reading because you lose interest, and then there are the ones that you stop reading because it just crosses a line. I can handle a creepy book, and I can handle a book with horror. I can handle a book with murders and violence- just leave the animals out of it. I cannot handle it when a book has kittens boiled to death in glue in the opening part of the book. It wasn't a crazy person who threw a kitten in; it wasn't even an accidental thing. It was a crazy, cr ...more
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I hadn’t heard anything about Faerie Wars until my sister gave it to me, and the blurb sounded interesting enough. Thanks to the blurb, I did have some expectations going into it. I thought it would be funny, a page-turner, and comparable even to Harry Potter (thanks, Goodreads reviewer *sigh*). Faerie Wars didn’t meet any of these expectations. (Then again, a comparison to Harry Potter does set a very high bar, at least for me.)

The book is written from a variety of third person limited perspect
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
Where do I EVEN begin?


This is hard to write without spoilers, but I will try.

There are a whopping total of 5 female characters in the whole book. FIVE WOMEN TOTAL. The only female given any real "screen time" is Holly Blue, and although she starts off as a formidable character in the beginning, she is later treated as a joke and then as a sex object. Did I mention this girl is supposed t
*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.
2.5 stars

While this is put into the young adult section in the library, it's written for those of us whom are in their younger teen years. Had I read while I was a freshman or a sophmore than I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more, but alas. I'm eighteen now and while fairies and magic and other worldly things within the same sphere are great and all, this was fucking ridiculous. It started out with promise, but it ages to build, and then when it finally did the character's flopped and the
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.
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
There was quite a ton packed into this book. It was a blend of sci-fi, fantasy, and humor that was just right. I'm not a sciency person but there was just enough science to make it convincing, without having anything too complicated. The characters are wonderfully quirky. Their world was quite convincing and easy to get lost in; the worldbuilding was excellent. If that weren't enough, I found myself laughing out loud often! The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because it took a little while to ...more
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
Kris Runyon
First let me say that this book is not just for the YA audience. I am WELL over that (LOL) and just loved this book. If you like fantasy, you will certainly love this book. The story follows Henry Atherton, an everyday normal kid living in contemporary England and Pyrgus Malvae, son of the Purple Emperor, who come together to overcome the threat of a great evil in the Faerie Kingdom.

I liked that the book suddenly switched from one of the many characters' points of view to another. It conveyed e
Little iffy in the beginning, but I actually really liked it. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the series goes!
Dayna Smith
The first book in the Faerie Wars Chronicles. Pyrgus is the son of the Purple Emperor, the king of Faerie. He is more interested in animals than running the kingdom and spends most of his time outside the palace disguised as a commoner. In our world young Henry Atherton is struggling with his family's disintegration. He spends his time working for old Mr. Fogarty, a former bank robber and mechanical genius. When Pyrgus is translated to Mr. Fogarty's yard, Henry and Mr. Fogarty must help Pyrgus s ...more
S.A. Thorup
I'm not sure why this is considered a children's book, as the subject material and language near the start of the story are most certainly not for children.

I didn't get terribly far in this book. We start off learning that our young hero Henry's mother is a lesbian and having an affair with another woman even though she's married to Henry's father. I actually thought the author presented this situation in pretty good taste, and didn't present homosexuality as a good thing; I emphasized with Henr
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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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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Other Books in the Series

The Faerie Wars Chronicles (5 books)
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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.” 17 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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