The Purple Emperor (The Faerie Wars Chronicles, #2)
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The Purple Emperor (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #2)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,906 ratings  ·  107 reviews
When Henry Atherton returned to his own life in the suburbs of London, he thought all was well in the Faerie Ream. His new friend Pyrgus, the crown prince of Faerie, was about to be coronated as Purple Emperor. But then Princess Holly Blue arrived on Earth, seeking Henry’s help once more.
A plot to assassinate Pyrgus is afoot, but that’s not the worst of their problems. Pyr...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 4th 2004 by Bloomsbury Children's Books (first published December 31st 1999)
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Aerin
Sep 09, 2008 Aerin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of Harry Potter
This book is a good example of why I wait to read series (more about that soon, in my review of Eldest). Action-packed, an original voice, sharp characters (although not so much as a mention of Henry's mother's lesbian affairs), but not resolved. For that, of course, you have to read the next book. *sigh*
Michael Fierce
Would've easily merited a 4 star rating from me if the first half was as good as the second.

Ended up liking this one a whole lot more than I was expecting as it got better and better once the plot was set in place.

I may have rated it only a 3 but I am now looking forward to reading the rest of this series very much.
Zoie
An interesting sequel and I like his view on faerie realms and his writing style. It's a nice little filler for the trilogy. Just one more book to go. If you want to buy this book, you're welcome to. I'll be putting it up on ebay soon, but contact me and you can have it. (I accidentally bought two.) Just a few of the pages are dog eared, but other than that it's in perfect condition!
Flora Bateman
This is the second installment of the Faerie Wars series. Henry is drawn back into the problem in the Faerie realm. He goes on to have more adventures while helping Pyrgus and Blue and defeating the attempts of Lord Hairstreak to assassinate one of the royal family. This is fun read full of faerie magic and adventure. I am looking forward to the next one.
Sferrae
I had a few problems with this book starting with the multiple points of view. I like books with multiple points of view, and I dont mind the quantity of points told in this book, however some of the points of view seem a little pointless. every chapter is a different point of view, but I felt like parts where not explored as deeply as I would have liked to show the relationships more. This book is meant to explore strong emotions like guilt and I felt very disconnected from the emotional tones...more
Morganne
This book was about wizards, magic, evil, good and all that other magical stuff. In a place called The Faerie Realm there is a Purple Palace, in the Purple Palace there is a a Purple Emperor who rules the whole Realm. When the Emperor dies a sudden death, his son pyrgus has to become the new Purple Emperor. Even with Pyrgus's sister, Blue, help he is still really nervous. with only a little time before he becomes emperor, Pyrgus is suprised when he hears news that his father has been resurrected...more
Jaemi
In this sequel to Faerie Wars, we pick up right where we left off. Mr Fogarty has settled into his duties as Gatekeeper of the Realm, Pyrgus is acclimating to his position as Emperor Elect, and Henry is back at home missing the Faerie Realm. So when he finds out he’s been invited to Pyrgus’ Coronation Ceremony, he’s perfectly happy to except. On top of that, he finds out he’ll be receiving some magical help in sneaking away–even better!

But not for long.

In the Realm, Lord Hairstreak has struck a...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Excellent follow-up! I'm about to start Ruler of the Realm so I'll have to make this quick! The pacing in the second installment of Faerie Wars series is much, MUCH faster (and I liked it--it works well) there are 100+ chapters but each one is only a page and a half long, so yes you do switch viewpoints extremely often but it's not for long! One thing I would have liked was a better idea of time in the setting. I found myself frowning at the sequence of events (ever so slightly) because at times...more
Natalie
As far as sequels go, this book was better than its predecessor. But that doesn’t mean it was that good. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad. It’s just that there were some things in this book that didn’t make it spectacular and these things go beyond minor nitpicks.

First off, the character cast was definitely better, or at least some of the characters were better. As always, the immediate royal family was good. Pyrgus is excellent as always (well, for a while but I'll get to that in a bit) and Ho...more
Sara
In Herbie Brennan's sequel to Faerie Wars, all is not well in the Faerie Realm. In fact, it's not going very well in Henry's world either. He's been banned from Mr. Forgaty's house, and his younger sister Aisling is watching his every move. All he wants to do is return to Pyrgus's world so that he can attend his friend's coronation, and he has a bad feeling that something is going terribly wrong. Henry's right. The body of Pyrgus's father has vanished, and there's a plot to assassinate him befor...more
Lynne
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 boo...more
Steph Su
All of the characters (and many more neat ones) are back from the first book in this sequel that’s even more exciting than the first! Ever since Mr. Fogarty was appointed Gatekeeper by Pyrgus, the Purple Emperor Elect, Henry has been taking care of his home for him.

Until one day, when Mr. Fogarty shows up and asks Henry to come back to the faerie realm. It turns out that Pyrgus’ kingdom is not as peaceful as it should be. Someone has resurrected Pyrgus’ father, the previous Purple Emperor who wa...more
Eric
book 2 of book one this one has more action. Henry now goes back to the faerie realm. Pyrgus father dies all of a sudden so now he has to become the new emperor. His father was the former Purple emperor of the purple palace and he needs to be the new purple emperor. His sister Blue which is a weird name and since she is called blue he should be called red because red+blue= purple. well his sister is helping her nervous brother out to be the new emperor. But the evil man called lord Hairstreak re...more
Morgan
Nov 27, 2011 Morgan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Herbie Brennan just cracks me up. I love great YA novels that go for smart, playful humor instead of going for the cheap gags. I think Herbie and Diana Wynne Jones are probably some of the best YA writers when it comes to humor. And the best part is that humor is only one tool is Herbie's very diverse literary toolbox.

"The Purple Emperor" picks up where "Faerie Wars" left off and we get to follow the continuing adventures of Pyrgus, Blue, Mr. Fogarty, and Henry as they try desperately to stave o...more
benebean
Mar 06, 2011 benebean marked it as never-finished  ·  review of another edition
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Michele
I read this book some years ago and then recently listened to it on CD. I decided that I really didn't like it much. It is brilliant in creativity, science fiction, characters, writing, etc. But I realized that it is not a book I would recommend to young readers. It is just too macabre, too sickeningly tragic. The cruelty of the bad guys is so twisted. I know that showing evil for what it is, is laudable and necessary, but there are some things I don't feel is worth putting into my imagination a...more
Lauren RM
I got this book in high school and didn't expect to want to read it again but...it has magic and demons and adventure, not to mention cute kids falling for each other. Also strong female characters.


I think I've read the first book but I can't remember. This one stands alone, though. It follows the hapless protagonist (his name's Henry, what's not to love?) through the "analogue" world and the magic world while he gets into mischief, crushes on the princess, is unsure of himself, and helps save t...more
Melissa Bennett
This is the 2nd book of the series Faerie Wars. I actually liked this one better than the first. This book takes place mostly in the Faerie World. There we meet up with characters from the first book like Pyrgus, Henry, Mr. Fogarty, Blue, Hairstreak, Brimstone, etc. It picks up a couple weeks after the last one left off. Pyrgus is getting ready to become Emperor but he doesn't really want to. All of the sudden he finds out that he doesn't have to because his deceased father is back. From there i...more
Cathleen Ash
Henry continues to worry about his life at home (his mom and dad have agreed to separate and his sister continues to be cruel and tell all of his secrets), and his life in the Faerie world gets more and more dangerous in book two of the Faerie War Chronicles. Pyrgus (the Prince) and his sister Blue must find out what Lord Hairstreak (the unofficial leader of the Faeries of the Night) is up to. All they know so far is it involves the Royal Household - and not in a good way. Instead, in a someone-...more
Eleclyah
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Carey Gibbons
This book was all right, but I think I'm done with the series. I've never been a fan of silly sci-fi/fantasy and Brennan pushed the limits of my patience here. I like my books a lot darker. Pyrgus, Blue, and Henry continue to get into trouble in this second installment of Faerie Wars. Bad things happen, but it all turns out okay at the end (spoiler, but really, it's to be expected). Nothing in this book really engaged me the way I was hoping it would. I feel like I would be more interested in fi...more
Andrea
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Quinten
More obviously a young-adult novel than the first book in the series. Nevertheless an enjoyable read. A well-developed crossover of science and traditional English myths.

One flaw is that while the interesting and original characters from the first novel return, this is an interstitial book. We are left with many hanging threads. I guess Herbie Brennan knew after the success of the first book that he'd be able to publish a third one, but I appreciate books that are more self-contained.
Ben
Oct 10, 2008 Ben rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Action wanters
Henry and Pyrgus are back and this time, Pyrgus's resurrected father and the leader of the faeries of the night, Lord Hairstreak, have returned to take over the throne. Beleth, the demon king, has a plan of his own to reopen the portals from Hael and take over as well. Enlisting secretive Forest Faerie, Pyrgus must stop both plots before his coronation as king.

Suspence and action reign in this fantasy thriller that I loved. I wasn't able to put the book down until I finished.
Tortla
The tendency for the narration to say that things "couldn't possibly get any worse" and then promptly show how things got worse became a little irritating. But it was pretty impressive how much the characters' situations were capable of worsening before the conclusion. And, because of the constantly worsening situations in which the characters were being placed, the plot became less predictable; it even seemed likely, at times, that one of the protagonists would be killed off.
Mariana
I had a hard time liking this sequel as much as I had liked the first one. That was maybe due to the fact that I read it in Portuguese and maybe the translation, as sometimes happens, was too... child-like? I don't know, it was strange to like the first because I normally don't like this type of books, but I really enjoyed that one and then I got really desappointed while reading the second. I may read the next one in the original version... or not read more of it at all.
Karen
These books tend to jump around a lot. There are over 100 chapters and frequently the chapters are 1 1/2 pages or less in length. Not every chapter jumps POV, but it does happen quite often. The villains also frequently work not only against each other with their various plots, but sometimes even against themselves. Ultimately the story is entertaining enough that I want to find out what happens next, but it's a mediocre story that doesn't shout "read me now!"
Vivienne
Oct 29, 2011 Vivienne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: audiobook, faerie, fantasy
Continues the fun of the first book. This series is so enjoyable and I've been recommending it widely.

This series may not have had the publicity and buzz of the Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl or the Percy Jackson books but it certainly deserves to be more widely known.

There is a great deal of humour, compassion, magic and adventure within. I loved it for its story and characters.

Gerard Doyle did a wonderful job of narration as always.
Ashton
This was definitely an improvement on the first book. The story is overall good - I like the characters, I like the story, I like the world he's created. It's clever. My only frustration is that I'm not so fond of Brennan's writing style. The way he jumps characters is annoying, and he always ends chapters on a cliffhanger, and then the question left hanging is not always answered when you return to that character.
E
I liked this sequel better than the first one. It talks a lot about responsibility and what is the right thing to do when you know you aren't right for the job. It's still full of the British humour that set the first one apart from a lot of fantasy I read, and is full of action. Which is great. Brennan adeptly keeps a whole bunch of storylines going at once, too, which is no small feat.
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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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“Just my luck,' sighed the endolg. 'Twenty million people in the Realm and I get locked up with a wuss.” 12 likes
“And your police are like our police in the Realm?' Blue said. 'They flog you if you do something wrong and cut off your hand if you’re caught stealing?'
No, they don’t do that, Henry said uncertainly.
Why not? It’s pretty silly not to, isn’t it?' Blue said.”
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