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A Tale of Magic...

(A Tale of Magic #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,677 ratings  ·  286 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
Hardcover, 484 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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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
Leona  Carstairs
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Colfer definitely impressed me with the first book in his new series! His writing is still not the best, but it has improved. One of my issues is that some things in this book just don't make sense in view of his earlier works. (view spoiler) Anyway I'll keep this review short. Hope you guys are having a good new year so far ...more
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
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, favorites
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!

Yasmeena Elmahdy




*fans myself*
Rian Henry
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.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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!
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
Queen Cronut
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
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would actually give this like 10 stars: it was AWESOME!!! i realized so many things about the series after reading it. It explains a lot.
Lukyan's Library
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book Two of the READING RUSH
Stephanie Roxane
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Christine D
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.
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.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was AMAZING!!! It's the story of the Fairy Godmother and the Fairy Council in the Land of Stories!!!
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
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5. A little heavy handed with the moral of the story. I like Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl much better.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
Meg McGregor
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales
I have read over 450 books this year! This one HAS to be in the TOP THREE!!

Brystal is the perfect heroine. Smart, unassuming, obedient, faithful, courageous, and most of all, compassionate! It is that compassion that is at the heart of this story, for me!

I really enjoy books that make me relate to the main characters.

Here is a paragraph about books, that is exactly, the way I think about books and reading!

"Mrs. Evergreen turned on her heel and left the room. Tears came to Brystal's eyes as she
J. Else
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

I love The Land of Stories series. So expectations are always high. While this book has some great characters, dialogue, and prose, the story didn't quite reach the level I was expected from the author.

LOWS: The book is very heavy handed with its themes. Xanthous's big secret feels like something I've heard before in the Land of Stories series too, can't remember where though.

Second, and what really bothered me, is the students never really struggled in learning their powers. If
Elinor  Loredan
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I don't know how I'm going to wait until the next one comes out! Chris Colfer always makes me care so much about his characters and with fairly minimal descriptions transports me right into the worlds in his books. I love how this one is an "origin story" novel, a prequel of sorts to The Land of Stories.

I loved it, but I was a bit annoyed at the obviousness of Colfer's attempts to address current issues. Feminism and minority rights were foremost in the themes of the novel. The world Brystal
Sarah ~ꈊ~
This was a simple, sweet fantasy story. I think one of the main reasons I really liked this book is b/c I've read The Wishing Spell and the others in the series. I think the only reason I loved this is because I loved seeing the origins of some of the side characters in the Land of Stories series. (For example, we get to see Mother Goose as a child) There were a couple of twists in the story, but one I completely saw coming. Also, I can see how this is a children's book because there are some ...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"
“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.” 3 likes
“It was a brutal dose of reality," Brystal said "I've always known the world hated people like us, but I never thought someone would actually want to hurt me. It all feels so personal now."
"Everyone thinks they're immune to discrimination until it happens to them," Madame Weatherberry said. "It only takes one tragic event to change your perspective forever."
Brystal nodded. "Last night, those men spoke to us like we were objects without feelings or souls. We pleaded for our lives and told them they were making a mistake, but they didn't even flinch. And although we did nothing wrong, they acted like we . . . like we . . . well, I don't know how to say it."
"Like you deserved to be punished simply for existing," Madame Weatherberry said.
"Exactly," Brystal said.”
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