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Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  11,928 Ratings  ·  461 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 5th 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 19, 2012 R rated it it was ok  ·  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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Arielle Walker
God, it's been so long since I last read this but I adored the trilogy - and now I find it's not a trilogy! So it's time for another re-read...
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
John
Feb 13, 2009 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
*** SERIOUS SPOILER ALERT - DON'T READ UNLESS YOU HAVE FINISHED THE BOOK***
Faerie Wars - Somewhere between Artemis Fowl.. Potter.. and ????
Henry, the main character in the book, is the typical teen-with-problems character. Just when the book seems to be a candidate for a daytime family-tell-all show, Henry starts seeing faeries.
Henry is also somewhat of a dolt, who seems to fall into bad to worse situations, only to have his fat pulled out of the fire by the other characters in the book. I g
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Martha
Dec 19, 2008 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Barb Lawrence
Mar 04, 2009 Barb Lawrence rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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Andrea
May 01, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Arsnoctis
Pugnali affilati, grimori polverosi e un vecchio allampanato. Se almeno uno di questi elementi ti sconfinfera, allora questo libro può fare per te.

Adatto alla lettura ad alta voce e ai lettori più giovani che non temano la comparsa di un demone millenario nel buio della loro cameretta.

Ho letto questo volume due volte, la seconda è stata a Settembre '15, la prima approssimativamente dieci anni prima e mi è piaciuto in entrambe le occasioni.
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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Frahorus
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
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Steph Su
Apr 20, 2009 Steph Su rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Jose Prado
Aug 26, 2009 Jose Prado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Adam Duclos
Boring. I read the first few chapters, and was subjected to a load of uninteresting set up culminating in some cat having caught a little fairy. Then it switched to some guy, human sized, but in a magic city, but then he's in a mine field. It just didn't keep my interest. Seriously, we finally see a fairy after all that time, and then switch back to boring? No war yet either. Definitely not a book that grabs your attention. Like so many others, it is merely a set up book for a series... Well, I ...more
Lori
Mar 27, 2011 Lori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*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.
Carmine
Il ripostiglio dei ricordi

Spensierato fantasy con basse pretese e tanta voglia di intrattenere.
Lo stile dell'autore, ben lungi dall'essere serioso, rende l'intera vicenda gradevole ed aperta a dinamiche tanto celeri quanto simpatiche.
Non indimenticabile, ma i più piccoli sapranno sicuramente apprezzare.
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.
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
May 24, 2010 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: i-did-not-finish
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.
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!
Natalie
While reviewing this I had a hard time between choosing a one star or a two star. It wasn't the worst thing I read but that still doesn't mean it was good. To clarify, let me go into more detail on what I'm talking about.

Instead of an interesting plot with good characters and a threatening villain, we get a few subplots and noninteresting characters with an okayish setting trying to combine fantasy with science and also having a villain who is more of a joke than actually terrifying and threate
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Krista Ivy
Henry has his own problems with his mom and dad splitting up. Then, he gets pulled into another world when he finds a fairy in Mr. Fogarty's (his boss) garden and they try to send him back. The fairy that came thru is Pyrgus and he is the heir to the Purple Emperor. The Dark Faeries and demons are working together to take down the Purple Emperor and his Light Faeries. Henry must travel between worlds in order to help Mr. Fogarty and Pyrgus to not get killed.

Overall, solid start to a series. The
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Eric Tandean
Mar 20, 2017 Eric Tandean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This suspenseful book will grab readers and pull them inside its pages. With lots of action and suspense, Faerie Wars is not a book to be ignored. With effective writing with lots of vivid imagery and action, this book captivates readers, leaving them interested in what happens to Henry and Pyrgus. Readers who like different types of books would enjoy this one because of the action and suspense with a dramatic, urgent tone along with an emotional side to the story. Since readers would enjoy read ...more
Emma
Dec 27, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fabulous fantasy.
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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Devin
Sep 24, 2010 Devin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mae
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Fuchsia Rascal
This book has a slow start and has a wide scope that doesn't really work to its advantage. I feel that it tries to be epic like Lord of the Rings [okay, maybe not quite that epic but close] but falls flat more often than not. A more simple approach would have benefitted this story much better. The first third of the book is spent just setting up the plot, and at a fairly slow pace. It took me forever to get into it [it took me exactly a month, even with the audiobook, to get through that first t ...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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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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