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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 thingsthat 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 has to find creative ways of acquiring them. Working as a maid at her local library gives her the perfect excuse to be near them and allows her to sneak a few titles home when no one is looking. But one day Brystal uncovers a secret section of the library and finds a book about magic that changes her life forever.
Magic is despised and outlawed throughout the worldBrystal is well aware of the severe consequences the book may bringbut her curiosity gets the best of her. By reading some of the text aloud, strange phenomena begin to occur and Brystal discovers she is capable of magic! And the more she practices it, the harder it becomes to hide.
After being caught and convicted, Brystal is saved by a mysterious woman named Madame Weatherberry. The woman takes Brystal to her Academy of Magic and teaches her to become a fairy. While Brystal studies magic and befriends the other students, Madame Weatherberry is suddenly called away on suspicious matters. When she doesn't return, Brystal and her friends work together to find and save their instructor. Along the way, the students discover Madame Weatherberry's true intentions for the academy are not what they seem, and they come face to face with a sinister plot that puts the fate of the world, and the fate of magic itself, in grave danger...
About the Author
Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, Stranger Than Fanfiction, and the books in The Land of Stories series: The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning, Beyond the Kingdoms, An Author's Odyssey, and Worlds Collide, and the companion books A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales, The Mother Goose Diaries, Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty, The Curvy Tree, and Trollbella Throws a Party.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Chris Colfer creates a compelling world of magic that encourages the reader to look beyond one dimensional views and risk being the best you possible. Excellent plot and character development. Thank you! Please create the next book as quickly as possible!
Great book, wonderfully written with themes that resonate with current events. Strongly recommend parents reading the book with their children of any age to help each other learn more about the world we live in and how we can make it a better world. The plus side to the possibilities of obtaining a deeper understanding of human kind is a book with the imagination and wonder that can stay alive in youth even while their world may not make sense. Love finally getting the backstory to some of the greatest characters. The plot moves quickly and the book provides plenty of times to laugh, feel the joy, cry at the injustice and heartache and still end on a note that lifts the reader up with a dedication to understanding the good and evil in all of us. Oh, BTW, I am not the typical age reader. I don't think I can even remember what I was like at 14 except I think that was the year I was sporting a rainbow colored liberty spike mohawk.
A great book for someone who likes unicorns, butterflies, and fairies. The heroine, Brystal, is a fourteen-year-old girl who loves books. The action never slows down. The early plot seems a bit too predictable to me--young girl who has never fit in at home turns out to be destined for greatness. She gets swept away to a magical school. However, the ending has a great twist that I didn't see coming. The book's messages of believing in yourself, trusting your own talents, and having compassion for others are fine, but can seem a bit heavy-handed at times. I really liked the Lucy character; she's a student whose magic works, but never quite the way it was intended to. She's also good at keeping things interesting and breaking rules when necessary.