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Faerie Wars

(The Faerie Wars Chronicles #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  12,947 ratings  ·  514 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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published 2003)
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Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to R by: a friend
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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
Arielle Walker
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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...
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Feb 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dec 19, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Steph Su
Apr 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Barb Lawrence
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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May 01, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Il ragazzo-prescelto Harry un bel mattino scopre di essere un mago,raggiunge la gotica fortezza di Hogwarts e il vecchio saggio Albus Silente e insieme a lui e ai suoi numerosi amici dai capelli rossi lotterà per salvare il mondo dal terribile Lord Voldemort.

Il ragazzo-sfigato Henry un bel mattino scopre che la madre è diventata lesbica,esce di casa sconvolto e raggiunge l'angusta topaia del suo amico Alan Fogarty,vecchio scienziato pazzo nonché ex
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this for #MiddleGradeMay

My daughter read this when she was younger, but I just got around to it. Let's just say that it's been hanging out on our shelf at home for a while. This was an enjoyable read but I think if I read it around the time my daughter did, I would've enjoyed it more. Things about Henry's family really irritated me, especially the way they handled the situations that came up. I'm not sure that those things would've bothered me as much if I read this when I was a few years
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just ok

Well, this book wasn't bad per say, but I just didn't care for it much. It didn't keep me intrigued enough to read the next in the series. Not a complete waste of time but not the best spent either.
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I really couldn’t get into this book. Maybe I’ll try again later. I get that it’s supposed to be YA/Middle grades, but it doesn’t match. Parts of the book are extremely juvenile and other parts are quite mature.
Sophia Cha
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
this seems to be a book for someone older than me because i didn't like how it was alway changing and it seemed to be more sophisticated than what I am used to.overall it story it self was not bad and was different from many of the other books I read. in other words I thought this book was one of a kind
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-texts
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Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jose Prado
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Easy to follow plot. Diverse characters of different backgrounds, allegiances, personalities, and desires. Good world-building. I don't like the explanation behind UFO abductions. Well... I guess I just think portraying them as real even in a fictional standpoint seems silly... but then I do like the faeries and demons, so maybe I'm the one who's silly.

Fogarty was my favorite character. I guess I like the old crazy mechanics. I liked the codes he used and his paranoia. I liked how he passionate
Apr 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
DNF - 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.
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 rated it did not like it
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.
Holli Carroll Ross
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This author/ books easy back before I had ever read anything fantasy related.
I was immediately drawn into the genre.
I’ll always have a soft spot for this series of books. Excellent example of YA fantasy.
Love it!
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
To me the book was okay. Interesting plot and ideas. To me it had potential, but was bare in places, yet overwhelming in others. I'd much rather have appreciated deeper characters and backgrounds, compared to the trivial gadgets that were so readily described.
Apr 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Little iffy in the beginning, but I actually really liked it. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the series goes!
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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)
  • The Purple Emperor
  • Ruler of the Realm
  • Faerie Lord
  • The Faeman Quest
“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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