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Ruler Of The Realm (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  3,568 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
It is Henry's third visit to the Faerie Realm, but this time in a rather different guise and to a rather different kind of place. Prince Pyrgus has stumbled across some mysterious crystal flowers with an apparently formidable secret weapon, and there are rumours of a demon invasion led by Beleth, the Prince of Darkness.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 4th 2008 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (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!
Alisha Torres
Feb 24, 2017 Alisha Torres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 10 yr old and i read this series together. She gave eachbook a 4.5 and i gave each a we compromised on a 4.
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2017 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the third book of the Faerie Wars series, Henry, Pyrgus, and Blue have to negotiate their ways through wars, deceptions, and work together again to save the Realm. Henry overthinks himself and starts to think that the faerie realm was all in his imagination, until demons intervene. Pyrgus gets to have some fun with the lighter military and gets into a mission that's more important than he initially thought. Blue as the queen the the faerie realm has lots of responsibilities and gets herself i ...more
Feb 08, 2012 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2011 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
Mary Berman
I feel like the first two Faerie Wars books were Mildly Problematic but Super Fun; Ruler of the Realm is Somewhat More Problematic and also Somewhat Less Fun. The plotting is meticulous but comes across as a little contrived and convoluted, while the characters feel like they're losing some of their heart? I mean, it's still good. It's just not quite AS good.

Also, continuity errors are starting to crop up across the series – tiny, but noticeable. (view spoiler)
Jul 10, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 2010 Craig Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 13, 2008 Tapestrymlp rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Luke Stemple
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Aug 31, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 15, 2011 Elle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 13, 2009 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Yes! We can move forward two steps and back three and still end up going forward! :)
Pyrgus secret is out and Blue is now the Empress.. but how is poor Henry going to cope with being in love with the ruler? Has he even got the guts to tell her?
The story advances with Hairstreak (that name STILL cracks me up every time I hear it!) mounting a revolution agains the faeries of the Light by the Faeries of the Dark. Can he actually defeat the FOL? Will Beleth be able to overcome the closing of "hell
Feb 08, 2008 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2008 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 09, 2009 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
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
Nov 18, 2010 Sabine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 10, 2009 Queen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amy Bradley
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.
Non è stato male, ma diciamo che poteva essere meglio. Come ho letto da parecchie parti, se avessi otto anni, lo avrei adorato. Ma, non avendoceli più, il mio giudizio non può essere che questo: scontato, carino, ma parecchio scontato.
Per carità, mi piace, ma mi aspettavo di meglio.
Alla prossima!
Kattie Sivley
Aug 26, 2013 Kattie Sivley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Henry is back to the Faerie Realm. Blue is Queen. Hairstreak is still a Nighter. Pygrus is still sneaking around places and getting into trouble. Demons are back with a vengeance. Aliens are real. (kind of)
This series is great. It keeps you interested through each book.

Sarah Tilatitsky
Mar 28, 2011 Sarah Tilatitsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 02, 2008 Sheralyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clean-teen
I was really not expecting the twists from the original story and that kept me on the edge of insanity until i finished the book. It really irks me that it takes so long for authors to get their act together when finishing the next book of a series. The wait can be obnoxious at the very least. I was very impatient.
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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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