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Faerie Lord (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #4)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,724 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
It has been two years since Henry left the Faerie Realm and he has still not adjusted to life back in the Analogue World. But when Henry finds a middle aged Pyrgus in Mr. Fogarty’s backyard, he is compelled to return to the world he left so suddenly. A mysterious plague is spreading throughout the Realm causing faeries to age rapidly. No one knows what is causing it or how ...more
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published December 1st 2007)
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Arielle Walker
A little disappointing. I've always adored this series (which I thought was a trilogy) so was excited to get the chance to continue it, but now I honestly think it didn't need continuing. The plot was interesting but felt blurry somehow, as though parts were missing and didn't fit. I actually think it may have been better as a standalone story, with different characters perhaps - Blue and Henry were so obviously together at the end of the last book that this just all felt unnecessary.Still, it h ...more
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Another reviewer wrote that the final book in the Faerie Wars series takes on an entirely different tone, look, and feel than its predecessors. I couldn't agree more - and I absolutely adored it for those reasons!
- This final story seemed more in line with the "hero's journey" motif that saps like me find so thrilling! The direction completely changes, and along with it, a sense of what is truly important. Older, previously dominant characters are put on the backburner, carried-over conflicts
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
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Oct 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young-adults/adults
Recommended to Michele by: found it myself
Shelves: young-adult
Faerie Lord is the last book (or so I suppose) in the Faerie Wars Chronicles. I should write this review for the first in the series, but I'm putting it here because the cumulative effect of the stories combined with my own convenience wants it to be written here.

Herbie Brennan and Eoin Culfer are in the same league, so if you like the Artemis Fowl books, you'll very likely love these. The plots are crafty with unexpected turns, the characters are memorable, both the good, the bad, and the in b
Jun 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers/Harry Potter fans
The fourth and concluding book in a series that I found waiting for the next publication as difficult as waiting for the next Harry Potter book to come out! Most books I finish, I think, "That was a good book!" and move to whatever is next on my list. This one I raced through because I just had to know what was happening next, but then was sad it was finished. And no more to look forward to now- like Harry Potter, and the Bartimaeus Trilogy. A book that I connected with so thoroughly I get this ...more
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I'd like to give this book a 3.something, because I thought it was pretty good... and much better than some other stuff out there. As usual for the series, this book had some boring parts, some down time. The characterizations of the characters, especially read by a narrator, got repetitive. But the plot was interesting, and my favorite part of the novel is its self-awareness. In one scene, the author and the characters are aware of their participation in a very contrived hero trope, and that wa ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the fourth book of the Faerie Wars series, a plague of sorts has swept the kingdom and has the effects of taking your future away. It ages you to eventual death with boughts of fever coma. Henry comes back into the Faerie realm and must undertake a dangerous mission that he knows nothing about, at first. His mission involves the fate of the realm and the lives of those that he loves. Blue tries to save Henry, but gets herself into the opposite role and needs saving. Pyrgus has the temporal ti ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book

I think it’s a unique book plenty of unexpected things and it has a nice pace cake is awesome cake is life

I've always had my misgivings about Brennan's Faerie War series. He has this uncanny ability to make me squirm. From his portrayal of a broken home, a negative view on a mother discovering her sexuality, extremely gruesome death scenes, to even possible rape scenarios there's a lot to be bothered by in these books.

I think this addition to the series was probably the lesser of those evils. It took me forever to pick it up though because I feared more suggested rape scenes like in the third book.
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mythology, sci-fi
Trying to get this review out quickly before I forget what I both loved and hated about this book. Anyway. Faerie Lord begins soon after the end of Ruler of the Realm. Henry is still reeling from Blue's proposal, and backpedaling into his normal, boring life. The Faerie Realm, however, needs his help. A terrible illness has struck the land, aging faeries on both sides of the war not in months and years, but in hours and days. Pyrgus Malvae and Mr. Fogarty have caught it, and the latter might no ...more
Hamid Sabri
May 03, 2015 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Sunday, May 3, 2015

As John Green said “ Grief does not change you. It reveals you”. This quote shows how Henry should not be depressed and work hard to find his parents. The novel Faerie Lords, by Herbie Brennan portrays many themes that can be used in a person’s everyday life. The story includes, much of character development, and a very complex plot.

The characters have been portrayed in a very vague way, from the start till finish. Henry became a lot more depressed, while Pygrus became much mo
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
51 points/100 (2.75 stars/5) [revised from 5].

After Henry decided to go back to the Analogue world afterall, he is miserable. But, then Pyrgus shows up - Mr. Fogarty is dying of a plague affecting the Faerie Realm.

This is actually a much better written story than Ruler of the Realm. This book doesn't fit in with the rest of the series pretty much at all, though. It feels like a completely different book. But, almost all of my complaints from the last book seem to have been worked out this book.
Oct 15, 2011 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
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Il est vrai qu’après avoir lu les avis sur ce dernier tome d’une belle saga, et d’avoir vu les lecteurs déçus, je me suis posée des questions sur ce livre. En effet, il a été un peu long, il est vrai que Henry passe beaucoup de temps dans le désert. L’idée de la maladie qui touche tout le royaume est une bonne base et une bonne intrigue que j’ai trouvée bien trouvée : une maladie qui agit sur le temps qu’il nous reste à vivre et sur le destin ! Quelle imagination !
Mais lorsque Henry se retrouve
Didn't enjoy it as much as earlier titles in the series to begin with, but I suppose, as I found with all of Brennan's books, the beginning is kind of slow, then the last third of the book is quite pow-pow-pow with the action parts and cliffhangers, and you don't want to put it down. I also think my reluctance at the beginning might have been caused by not having read them for a while, it took me a bit of time to remember what everything was - not the characters as much as the names for objects ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Henry Atherton has been desperately trying to forget about his friends in the Faerie Realm for the last two years, which is a bit hard considering his responsibility of looking after Mr. Fogarty's abandoned house and temperamental cat. It is while tending Hodge that Pyrgus and Nymph make a sudden reappearance.

Only...Pyrgus has aged considerably due to a mysterious disease running rampant throughout Faerie that is causing them to grow old at
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Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry returns to the Faerie Realm after a visit from Pyrgus, an elder Pyrgus. A disease has hit the realm, temporal fever. It causes the host to fall into a coma, living years of their life within the trance, and waking up visibly older. Henry returns to the realm at the request of Mr. Fogarty, who has contracted the fever and doesn’t have much time left.

Upon his arrival Henry is transported to the desert, by Madame Cardui, without a viable reason! In the meantime the usual villains, Chalkhill,
Mar 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
Crazy, as usual. Wonderfully crazy! Herbie Brennan's imagination is out of this world. Literally. Not only does he cover the Analogue (human) and Faerie worlds, he brings in creatures from Haven and Hael. And in the third book, Ruler of the Realm, there's even an alien abduction.

In this series, Brennan puts his characters into situations it's impossible to get out of, and then he throws them into another one; he makes up the ultimate in magic and spy gadgets that the characters suddenly pull out
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those who have read the other books in the series should read this simply because it's the conclusion to the main story, but other than this, I have read better, more emotionally satisfying fantasies. I definitely got the impression that the author simply got halfway through the book, which starts off very good, and then suddenly grew lazy, not spending as much time with the main characters' personal journeys on the inside and left us just watching from afar as this, dare I say "cartoonish" sequ ...more
Katherine Wade
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Ever since I started reading 'The Faerie Wars Chronicles' I could tell that Herbie Brennan was an amazing writer. If I ever read the whole series again sometime... I would most likely give 5 out of 5 stars to each of them. But in this case I managed to give the first three a 4 out of 5. I felt at the time (but I could be wrong) that the first three books didn't reach the mark of my expectations. They lacked one thing... and I still can't put my finger on it. Maybe they dragged on in certain part ...more
Now there is a new threat to the faerie realm. Henry has to go save them from the disease that is spreading in the realm. The disease makes them age rapidly and feel weak then die's. Henry is nervous because he has to be with Blue and he likes her and when a guy is near a girl he likes he's usually nervous. Well Blue's brother Pyrgus got sick and started to age rapidly but thanks to the wizard healer they like stop time for his body so he won't die but then he litterally stops too. Nymph his wif ...more
Feb 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In this exciting conclusion (or is it??).. we find out that hardly anybody is who we thought they were.
Pyrgus is a diseased old faerie, finally cured of his penchant for geting into trouble...
Mr. Fogarty.. is a dead sage.. holding all of the answers, but unwilling to let them go, even though it may cost the lives of the
ones he cares for the most.
Blue - seems to take on Pyrgus' role - sneaky and inept.. but wait.. she has an ace up her sleeve that noone could have ever
thought of!
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved that Blue is not some defenseless dumb princess who stays back hoping for someone else to take charge. She is always trying and succeeding at saving people, of course she makes mistakes, but learns from them and realizes her own weakness and accepts when she can use some help, and even with all this she is still a girl who is crazily in love and wants to marry. In other words she is a powerful, independent woman, who still does what her heart dictates, she does not reject a part of herself ...more
Nov 24, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves fantasy
Recommended to Robin by: advance reading copy
This is the fourth book in a series which I've kept up with over the past few years. And after getting distracted by other books along the way, I finally worked through it and got to the end. What made this book more challenging than the others, I think, is that the setting was outside the Faerie Realm and into a neighboring country where Blue goes to find Henry and the two must defreat the Midgard Serpent (which was depicted on the cover the advance reading copy I have!)So I did like it but it' ...more
The book itself explained what was annoying me about the series. My favorite character, Henry, simply existed and reacted to what was going on around him. In truth, that's exactly how the other characters seemed to exist as well. It is almost as if they have little to no say in their lives and circumstances. I wouldn't say that this book changed that, but somehow knowing what is happening makes it slightly tolerable. I'll read the last book, but I'm not sure that I'll enjoy it as much as the fir ...more
My recent illness did delay my completing this but happily have done so now.

As others have noted the story here did take a slightly different direction with coming-of-age quests for central characters and less comedy.

Still I was thrilled with the ending though wished Herbie had spent a little more time with the closing explanation. However, perhaps he wanted to plant seeds rather than start getting too philosophical with his readers.

Overall, a splendid fantasy series that really deserves a wide
Feb 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angsty teen Henry returns to the Faerie Realm to help his true-love Queen Blue fight a mysterious illness that causes its victims to fall into comas wherein they age exponentially.

The best of the four book series by Herbie Brennan. The political factions from the previous book have been fragmented and the "good guys" find it hard to tell whom to trust. The cause of the mystery ailment is interesting, though I think more could have been done with the revelation.

A solid book but it doesn't transce
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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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