Do you believe in fairies?
Nor does Henry Atherton:
For a moment Henry Atherton just stood there, mouth open, eyes blinking furiously, as he tried to decide what he was looking at. Hodge had caught a butterfly, of course, but it wasn't a butterfly Henry was seeing. He was seeing a tiny winged figure. The wings were like butterfly wings, but the figure ...
Henry shook his head. He was looking at a fairy!
Well, he may be a fairy, technically, but Pyrgus Malvae isn't exactly what you might be expecting. He's a Crown Prince and a bit on the wayward side. Actually, he's got himself into such a sticky situation in his own realm that his father orders him to be transported temporarily into the Analogue World, just for a while until things blow over. They have an ancient portal that does the transporting. Unfortunately for Pyrgus, and interestingly for Henry, the royal House Iris has a traitor in their midst. So Pyrgus doesn't land on the dream desert island. He lands in Mr Fogarty's back garden.
It looks as though Pyrgus doesn't stand a chance. He's been transported askew, injected with a slow-acting lethal poison, promised as a sacrifice to Beleth the demon, and hung in a cage over liquid brimstone. And all he's got on his side is Henry Atherton who does the gardening for cranky Mr Fogarty, and his sister Blue, the Princess Royal, back in the faerie realm.
See what kind of a job they make of it, between them.
Oh, by the way, there are some fluffy kittens in this story somewhere too. Something about the secret ingredient in Miracle Glue:
He leaned forward and tapped the side of his nose. ''Course that's a secret. Lot of people wouldn't use the glue if they found out it was made from kittens.'
I have to say, I'm nottotally happy with the backdrop to this story. I love the mad fantasy of Faerie Wars. It's real escapism. So I can't help but wonder why Herbie Brennan thought it was necessary to add thesuper realism of Henry's problem mother and her lesbian relationship.I find it a difficult mixture. What do you think? Is there any difference between Henry's difficult home life and, say, the difficult home life of Artemis Fowl?
Erin, girl, age 33, from Wisconsin, United States, on 12th January 2007. Rating: 9/10
I think Faerie Wars was a great book, but not appropriate fro all ages. I would love to have my children read it but they will need to be older because of some of the sexual content. This is a great book for teens and older.
natsuko, girl, age 14, from ca, United States, on 8th June 2006. Rating:
This book is very interesting. The relationship between the Analogue world and the Faerie realm was the part that got me really hooked. I'm the kind of person who likes to read fantasy genres and this story gave a little more than that. I admire Pyrgus and Holly Blue. Henry is kind of boring. I imagine him as a nerd who doesn't like to get into trouble, but at the end I an see that he matures. I hope I can find the next book Purple Emperor.
Laura, girl, age 16, from Virginia, United States, on 10th March 2006. Rating:
Faerie Wars is definately my favorite book that I have ever read! And I just bought The Purple Emporer two days ago, and I am already halfway done with it. They need to make a movie. And there needs to be another book! Its too short!
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If you enjoy meeting fairies with stun wands, then I think you would enjoy reading Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series:
You might also like to look at Mary Hoffman's Stravaganza series:
Or you could have a look at this one by Diana Wynne Jones: