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A Tale of Magic...

(A Tale of Magic #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  788 ratings  ·  124 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,
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Paperback, 720 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Tucker
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
[10/09/2019] - AHHHHHHHHHHHH! THAT WAS SO SURPRISINGLY GOOD!! WILL I EVER STOP YELLING? PROBABLY NOT

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

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HOLY FREAKING SHIRTBALLS!!!!!!! ANOTHER SERIES!!!! THAT COVER!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Caroline 💞🐉
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,,, ...more
TJ✨
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!

Carey
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Yasmeena
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, owned-read
THAT TOOK SO DAMN LONG OOF
BUT THAT WAS SOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOD

FULL RTC

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OMG THAT COVERRRRRRR

*fans myself*
Rebecca
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Nikita
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 ...more
Disney_World
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lukyan's Library
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Two of the READING RUSH
Sharanya
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was AMAZING!!! It's the story of the Fairy Godmother and the Fairy Council in the Land of Stories!!!
Leah
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was enjoyable until the end. There was one part that I didn't like. I wanted it do go differently. I liked that this was the origin story of one of the characters in The Land of Stories. It actually involves several characters from that series. Their journeys were bittersweet.
Erica Rist
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What another fantastic series from Chris. This is a perfect book about inclusion and acceptance for children and adults alike. Although we can see where this series will take us we know the lush journey is going to be worth every word. Love it
Lisa
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: october-2019
I am a giant fan of Chris Colfer's Land of Stories series. I knew I had to read this new series as soon as it was announced.
I love the way magic is portrayed in this series. Magic and witches have been outlawed and anybody showing any signs of being different or magical, they are sent away. In this way, Chris Colfer can discuss a lot of societal issues of hiding your true self or conforming in a way that is understandable to the younger audience. I think it's important for young kids to hear
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Joey Susan
Thank you to Hachette Children’s Group for sending me an ebook review copy through NetGalley of A Tale of Magic written by Chris Colfer.

This was a wondrous book and I enjoyed it immensely. I was hooked into the story from the first page and was enthralled at every twist and turn that happened.

I loved the journey this book took you on, following Brystal Evergreen an exceptional girl in a set in stone dull world. She discovers so much more about herself, about the truth and about what the world
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Linnea
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a story about a girl named Brystal Evergreen who lives in the Southern Kingdom. All girls her age are expected to be good wives and nothing more. The only problem is that Brystal wants more. She wants to be free to read an not wear a dress whenever she goes out. After making a shocking discovery about herself, she is convicted of witchcraft and shipped off to The Bootstrap Correctional Facility For Troubled Girls and Women. From there she is rescued by a mysterious lady in a golden carriage ...more
Megan (ReadingRover)
This was a fun magical middle grade novel. A bit heavy on the message of acceptance and how it’s ok to be different but there could have been worse things wrong with it. Not that having a positive messages is bad in any way I just don’t like it constantly repeated and shoved down my throat. Other than that this was a really exciting adventure, fantasy book. I basically read it all the way through in one shot. The characters were unique and the plot was good. There was even a twist I didn’t see ...more
Emerson Lenet
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an absolutely amazing prequel to The Land of Stories! It is a total page-turner, and it takes a GIGANTIC turn. The identity of the main character will be very shocking once you find it out!
Emily
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH MY GOSH is all I can say right now. It was seriously the perfect prequel/sequel (whatever you want to call it) for TLOS. I absolutely loved it!! It was absolutely beautiful, if you loved The Land of Stories as much as I did you will definitely love this too
Michelle
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved loved loved this book. For any fans of Chris Colfers other series - Land of Stories, this book is a must read for you! The book follows Bystal and her friends magical adventure. I can’t really reveal too much without spoilers but needless to say, I was squealing and jumping around while reading the book. It honestly made me so happy and I honestly loved it!!!
Lucy
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! I was so engrossed in it I read it in only 2 days.
Linde
I loved this book. The twists and turns are amazing. We are back in the Land of Stories, and we learn about the past, and how the fairy council came to be. It’s so good, and I know that this series will be another amazing one.
John
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We need more from this author! Chris Colfer delivers one of the best stories of magic since Harry Potter. A must read!
Juliko
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Colfer is a name that's popped up a lot in the entertainment business. Some of you may know him as the actor who played Kurt Hummel in the TV show Glee. Others may know him for his bestselling book series for children, The Land of Stories. He's made a pretty big name for himself in the past decade, and is still going strong from what I hear. But I've neither seen Glee nor read his Land of Stories book series, but his most recent book, A Tale of Magic, did catch my eye in my local Barnes ...more
Michael Schwartz
When I heard about a prequel book to the Land of Stories, I was immediately interested. The story definitely wasn’t what I was expecting at first, but by the end it had proven to be as fantastic as the previous series.

Before Red Ridding Hood and other fairy-tale characters had their adventures, the Land of Stories was a very different place. The four kingdoms (the Red Ridding Hood Kingdom didn’t exist yet) were ruled by horrible and oppressive rulers. Religion had been twisted into a tool for
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Aniella K.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!!
This book WAS AMAAAAAZZZZZZING!
I don't think that there are words to discribe the feelings I had as I read the book. Like all of Colfers works, I was crying at somepoint in
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Susan
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
I didn't enjoy it as much as The Wishing Spell, but it was a promising start to a new series. You don't need to have read The Land of Stories series for this book to make sense although it is a prequel. I actually think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't read that series because a lot of major plot points could be inferred based on what that series says. A couple of nitpicky things about this book: Chris Colfer uses italics a lot. Like I think it averages out to about once a page
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Elena
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brystal is a fourteen-year-old girl who lives in the southern kingdom, where some strict rules must be followed, especially for woman. She is not allowed to read or enter a library and is expected to become a wife, mother and do the household. One day she walks past the library and sees that they are looking for a maid. The job is a great way for her to read books in secret. She discovers a secret section with banned books, one of them is called ‘The Truth about Magic’ by Celeste Weatherberry. ...more
Victoria
PAGE COUNT: 448
A Tale of Magic… is a story about Brystal Evergreen, who lives in the very suppressed and corrupt Southern Kingdom. Reading is banned from all girls and girls only go to school to learn how to be a good wife and housemaid. Men take advantage of the religion to create their own laws. Magic is strictly outlawed and all that perform it are punished by death. All Brystal wants is a life outside of this world. She is a lover of books and imagination and when she discovers that she is a
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Jenna
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely magic! I read A Tale of Magic within 3 days and adored every moment of my time reading it. I read Chris Colfer's Land of Stories books about 5 or 6 years ago and absolutely fell in love with them. That series, in particular, was one of the book series that made me the avid reader I am today! Now, with his new book out, it has once again teleported me to his beautiful, creative Fantastical world. It was such an honor and privilege to be able to meet Chris Colfer last ...more
Charlotte
AD - GIFTED

The best-selling author of the The Land Of Stories is back with another magic filled series. I found Chris Colfer's previous to be hit and miss so it's nice to get some refresh with something brand new.

While The Land Of Stories relied on classic fairy tale characters, A Tale Of Magic doesn't which makes it wholly original to what readers have seen before from Chris Colfer. The story takes place in a kingdom where women are very restricted in what they are able to do, and where they
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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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“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. You would be wise to educate yourself.” 1 likes
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