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A Tale of Magic...

(A Tale of Magic #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  8,658 ratings  ·  711 reviews
A new series set in the Land of Stories universe from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Chris Colfer, perfect for new and old fans!

Fourteen-year-old Brystal Evergreen has always known she was destined for great things--that is, if she can survive the oppressive Southern Kingdom. Her only escape are books, but since it's illegal for women to read in her country, she
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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GG I saw this book lots of times in stores, but I thought the cover looked too childish for me. I mean like the fairies and stuff, but this book was just…moreI saw this book lots of times in stores, but I thought the cover looked too childish for me. I mean like the fairies and stuff, but this book was just so good after I decided to read it!(less)

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[10/03/19] - THE TALE BEGINS NOW!!



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caroline 🐉
Jul 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
i don’t care if this is middle grade and i’m a junior in high school, IM GOING TO READ THIS. and that cover,,, 😍
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Receiving a strong recommendation to try this book, I set about reading it with Neo during the early stages of our COVID-19 isolation (where I spun it to be part of his language arts curriculum as I called it ‘creating reading’). While were were both enthralled with it, I can only read so much at a time, so we were advancing at a pace more suited to the attention span and sit down abilities of an eight-year-old. With Neo’s permission, I took the leap to listen to the audiobook on my own, which h ...more
Miranda Reads
Feb 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
When your paycheck hits...and you have the weakest of weak wills....and there goes my paycheck...just goes right to books...
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG! This book was so amazing. I have so many feels. I just want to devour it again and again. And wow, what a mother fucking plot twist! I wasn't expecting that at all. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a book about magic, unbreakable friendship, and boundless compassion.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Tale of Magic is the 1st book in a new series written by Chris Colfer. Even though it’s a prequel to his award winning Land of Stories series, readers do not need to be familiar with the characters in the first series.

Chris’s books are written with middle grade readers in mind; however, I think “children” of all ages will enjoy them and immediately feel love for the characters. I adored the protagonist Brystal; she’s spunky and determined to not take the path her parents have deemed necessary




*fans myself*
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, audiobook
The problem I have with most middle-grade books is most of the time the synopsis sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it but it's not long before i'm thinking "I'm too old for this shit"!!! With that said, that is never the case with Chris Colfer his stories draw me in and captivate me and I curse every single time I need to put them down. A Tale of Magic was such an exciting story with great characters and fun and touching moments a truly delightful read can't wait for the next!

Jan 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ignorance is a choice. Hatred is a choice. Violence is a choice. But someone's existence is never a choice, or a fault, and it's certainly not a crime."

Forget Hogwarts, I am going to Madame Berryweather's!
I loved every page of this! (After getting over the disappointment of this not continuing where The Land od Stories ended.) I ended up loving this one even more. It's set completetly in the Land of Stories. Chris Colfer began a wonderful series with this book and he threw so many valueabl
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay... I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was amazing!!! A great book to give us some more information about before the whole Alex, Connor thing. Would definitely recommend reading this after Land of Stories!
Sophie Crane
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tale
This book was super - interesting and full of magic and friendship. It is a very describing author who wrote this wonderful book. I would reccommand this for 10+.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Once I went on on of those vacations where the hotel was paid for, I just had to sit through a time share sales pitch. And the sales person started out by asking me what I wanted out of a vacation and what I was willing to pay and that kind of stuff. After a while I realized that what annoyed me so much about it was that they were trying to get me to do their job for them by telling them what they had to tell me or what cost they had to come in just under. Between that and a window buying experi ...more
I was up until 2 A.M. finishing reading this. I love this author and his stories. Most of all I love how he weaves ethics and morality into them unobtrusively. By not coming out and saying it, he makes a point and maybe more people will get the message that way.
Not that this is a dry or religious book. It is a fantasy/fairy tale about--fairies. And witches, and kings, and politicians. There are unicorns and gryphons, magic carriages, castles, dwarves, ogres, elves, goblins and trolls. Beautiful
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chris Colfer has done it again!! I loved this book so much!! Can’t wait to read the next book! I love the world of Land of Stories so much! Highly recommend!
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Tale of Magic is magical, adventurous, and gripping. Brystal Evergreen has always known she was destined for amazing things, however she must first survive the oppressive Southern Kingdom and her only escape are books which are illegal for her to read. Working as a maid at her local library gives her the perfect excuse to be near them and finds way to read them but one day Brystal uncovers a secret section of the library and finds a book about magic that changes her life forever. Magic is outl ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book of Chris Colfer's I've read, and he's yet to disappoint me in the slightest.

It was such a magical ride, finding out the origin of the Fairy Council in the Land of Stories. I wish we could have seen more scenes where Brystal is connecting with her new classmates and becoming closer, but I guess having such an adventure together would be enough to make you as close as a found family can get. I absolutely LOVE Brystal as a character, and she emanated strong Hermione Granger
Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)

The good: the production of the Audible audiobook was perfection. I love Chris Colfer’s narration. He did not let me down in this area.

The bad: I don’t know why this prequel, to the Land Of Stories, lost all the magic. But it did. Pure and simple. It could have been fabulous, in my humble opinion. Alas it was not.

The ugly. Preachy McPreachy Preachypants. The entire book. Chris I did not enjoy your preaching. The beginning. The middle. The end. Why? If I had nothing but time I would sit down
Christine D
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Being totally honest here, I did not like this as much as the Land of Stories. It's written well, but I felt it was a tad repetitive with the 'choose love not hate' theme. An important message, sure, but it was reiterated in almost every chapter.
Colfer's writing is good, the dialogue is fun and I can tell he puts effort into the creation of his stories. It was interesting to read the origin story of the fairy godmother.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh, this book went by way to fast! I loved it! It tells so many important stories and lessons that I will never forget. And I actually suck at writing reviews but this book teaches you so much, and it is so good. If you are thinking about reading this book but don't know if you should, I am just telling you now, read it, it's amazing! Chris Colfer is such an amazing author. ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A Tale of Magic was an interesting story, and it was fun to read, but so much of the book felt like thinly veiled efforts to convey a stance on social issues. But instead of letting the symbolism speak for itself, or letting the reader make inferences from the story, Colfer essentially beats the reader over the head with his message, which just made much of the book feel tiring at times.
kylee, hardly perfect
I loved this book because...

-Great characters
-Unique Magic
-Cool names
-A very interesting plot.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book! Just loved it.
Queen Cronut
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

A Tale of Magic has the same charm and wit of The Land of Stories, yet felt a tad more juvenile but was still a fun, quick read.

Set in the same universe as The Land of Stories, it follows Brystal Evergreen as she navigates through a world filled with prejudice against magic and learns magic- and its cost- at Miss. Weatherberry's Academy. This book is essentially a prequel for The Land of Stories. Most of the storyline is basic and feels like fanfic at times but I liked the introspective
Stephanie Roxane
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this. I love the magical world and getting to see characters I recognise from the other series in a new setting.

That said, the story didn’t capture me the way the other series did, nor did the characters. Some of the characters felt a little bland at times, and the story was interesting but at times felt a tad boring and preachy.

I still enjoyed it a lot and will read the next book
Stephanie Lives to Read
This book felt so much different from the Land of Stories series for me. The story took a while to develop and then came to a very quick and clean conclusion. A little too clean for all the long build up. It also felt very preachy and clearly has an underlying meaning that many young readers will not pick up on. I was disappointed for as much as I LOVED the first series, this one felt forced to me. I will continue the series and see if it improves.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really enjoyed the land of stories so when I saw the there was a prequel I was excited. I tried to read this book but the story is really slow and takes a long time to get to the point. The story was boring and slow.
LuminescentFirefly {~You need to try~}
I feel so dumb for not seeing this coming earlier. I only realized when Xanthous was mentioned because you know, it's not exactly a common name. I'm also dying right now because I have to wait a month to get the next book. :(
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5/5 stars
Reminding me how much I love Chris Colfer...
A Tale of Magic is simply amazing. Colfer weaves the themes of overcoming oppression and discrimination into this magical world, which is extremely relevant to what's going on now. This is a prequel series to The Land of Stories but can be read alone.
I felt so happy while reading this book. The characters ought to be just a little bit older than they are though. And even though A Tale of Magic is a middle grade book, it's still wonderful. I
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hachette
In the Southern Kingdom, young girls are educated to become housewives, mothers and caregivers, good girls by honouring their fathers, brothers and husbands as silent, neglected members of society. Thirteen year old Brystal Evergreen is determined to journey across the kingdoms, seeking adventure and freedom but for the time being, Brystal is content to read. For women and girls within the oppressive kingdom, reading is illegal so when Brystal stumbles across a banned magic book while covertly c ...more
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Chris Colfer is an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor best-known for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on the FOX television series "Glee".

He is also a New York Times bestselling author whose books include the first three novels in the "Land of Stories" series ("The Wishing Spell", "The Enchantress Returns" and "A Grimm Warning") as well as "Struck By Lightning: The Carson Philips Journal"

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