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Faerie Lord: Faerie Wars IV (The Faerie Wars Chronicles) Paperback – 1 Dec 2007


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Reprint edition (1 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747591008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747591009
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A professional writer whose work has appeared in more than fifty countries, Herbie Brennan is enjoyed by children and adults alike -- sales of his books already exceed 8 million copies worldwide.

Herbie has an well-established career writing for the children's market -- from picture books to teenage fiction, from game books to school curriculum non-fiction. His keen eye for novelty, both in technology and market development, made him among the very first writers to create adventure gamebooks and his GrailQuest series was an international bestseller.

His teenage novel, Faerie Wars, also rocketed to international success, achieving best-seller status in more than 20 overseas editions, and was voted No 1 Top Ten Teenage Pick in the United States and listed as a New York Times Best Seller title.

Equally prolific in the adult market, Herbie has a powerful reputation for challenging conventional assumptions with penetrating intelligence and a clear, easy style. This is reflected in his interests, which range from transpersonal psychology, spirituality, reincarnation and psychical research to comparative religion and quantum physics. His reappraisal of ancient history has stirred lively debate on TV and radio as well as in the Press. He broadcasts and lectures regularly throughout the UK and Ireland and was recently awarded a Masters degree in Western Esotericism by Exeter University.

Herbie became interested in mysticism as a child and was studying books on the subject virtually from the time he was able to read. He found himself pursuing several unorthodox lines of research, including hypnosis, and actually hypnotised his first subject -- a school friend -- at the age of nine!

He began a journalistic career at eighteen and at twenty-four became the youngest newspaper editor in his native Ireland. His early career path included magazine work, hypnotherapy, counselling, advertising and marketing.

His first book, Astral Doorways, an exploration of out-of-body experience, became a specialist best-seller and went on to become a classic in its field -- it is still in print some thirty-five years on. The book was written following a series of personal OOBEs when Herbie was in his twenties.

In his mid twenties, Herbie had his first novel published, an historical romance brought out by Doubleday in New York. At the age of thirty he decided to devote most of his time to writing and has since gone on to produce more than 110 books, many of them international best-sellers.

When he can be persuaded to take a break from his writing, Herbie gives lectures and seminars, which have included modules on reincarnation research, the astral plane, dreamwork, healing, spiritual development, psychical research, quantum physics and magical training..

With a background that includes writing for radio, the creation of boxed games and computer software, perhaps his greatest strength lies in the realm ideas.

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'A crossover title from which few readers of any age would wish to cross back. Brennan writes with all the dash of an Irish storyteller at the peak of his form. Inventive as Harry Potter, dark as Gormenghast and as intelligently probing as Philip Pullman, here is a title to brighten the dreariest of winter days' Independent (Praise for Faerie Wars)

About the Author

Herbie Brennan lives and works in County Carlow, Ireland. He is the author of many wonderful books for both adults and children.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
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 an alarming rate.

With very little persuasion, Henry plunges back into Faerie to aid the realm in the search for a cure. But soon he finds himself far, far away from The Purple Palace and in a desolate land with only an intelligent and primitive blue-skinned boy for company. Now it's a race against time to find a miracle that will save all of Faerie...

Old enemies, new friends, and an age-old battle are all mixed in with lovable and familiar characters to make up a thrilling conclusion to the riveting story that began in FAERIE WARS. As Brennan's characters have grown and matured, so has his writing. Unfortunately, some characters aren't as present in Faerie Lord as they were in previous books, but the story line has more than enough drama, suspense, and mystery to make up for it.

Though readers will be sad that Henry, Pyrgus, and Blue's adventures have come to an end, the ending is one that is more than satisfying.

Reviewed by: The Compulsive Reader
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina on 5 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
I've read the other three books in the Faerie Wars series, all of which I loved, but had felt that the last one (Ruler of the Realm) was not as good as the previous two and that maybe Herbie Brennan was running out of ideas, so I was somewhat apprehensive when I picked up this the latest book, thinking how will Herbie Brennan develop the story/characters further. Well I needn't have worried as this is a great book and after a somewhat slow start, I just flew through the book. If you've read the other three books, you'll love this; if you're new to it please do start with the Faerie Wars and work your way up to this book - it'll be worth it!
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By Roma on 15 Aug 2013
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Arrived very quickly and in excellent condition. Can't wait to read the book when I have finished the one before in the series.
Recommend the seller and will buy again in the future.
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fab series, read and enjoy!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Courtesy of Teens Read Too 6 Feb 2008
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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 an alarming rate.

With very little persuasion, Henry plunges back into Faerie to aid the realm in the search for a cure. But soon he finds himself far, far away from The Purple Palace and in a desolate land with only an intelligent and primitive blue-skinned boy for company. Now it's a race against time to find a miracle that will save all of Faerie...

Old enemies, new friends, and an age-old battle are all mixed in with lovable and familiar characters to make up a thrilling conclusion to the riveting story that began in Faerie Wars. As Brennan's characters have grown and matured, so has his writing. Unfortunately, some characters aren't as present in Faerie Lord as they were in previous books, but the story line has more than enough drama, suspense, and mystery to make up for it.

Though readers will be sad that Henry, Pyrgus, and Blue's adventures have come to an end, the ending is one that is more than satisfying.

Reviewed by: The Compulsive Reader
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Possibly the very best of the Faerie Wars series 20 Jan 2008
By Vanilor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you're like me, you couldn't stand the page-long chapters and countless viewpoint changes of the Purple Emperor. Ruler of the Realm was a great improvement but still left something to be desired. Yet this fourth book in the Faerie Wars series, Faerie Lord, goes back to the original style that made Faerie Wars so fun to read. There are only a few characters to follow, the narratives all converge, and unlike in the other books, these narratives are all worthwhile - they all lead to something. There's just the right amount of tension, just the right amount of mystery, and as always, plenty of wild adventure. Fans of the series should definitely pick this one up.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good Conclusion, Not my favorite of the Series 28 Mar 2008
By Santiago - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have enjoyed the rest of this series so when this came out, I got it right away. I liked it, but the plot was a little wierd at times (although better than I thought with the plot synopsis I read) and it wasn't written as well as the other books in the series in my opinion.

As far as would I buy it, yes, in a heartbeat, if nothing else then because it finally gives you good closure to the series. Reccommended from me, but not highly reccommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Faerie Lord: Unpolished 15 Feb 2010
By Patrick J. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
itle: Faerie Lord by Herbie Brennan

Pages: 430.

Time spent on the "to read" shelf: 1 year.

Days spent reading it: 4 days.

Why I read it: To finish up the Faerie Wars Chronicles. I was very impressed with the last 3 installments, and this is the concluding chapter.

Brief review:
Faerie Lord is the final installment of the Faerie Wars series. I loved the first three books and looked forward to this concluding episode. I wrote about Herbie Brennan in my review of Ruler of the Realm. I generally enjoy his style. It is very quick flowing and has tons of great plot twists.

Unfortunately Faerie Lord was not as coherent or creative as the previous installments in this series. The basic plot revolves around a sudden epidemic of a time disease. The disease was interesting, it basically stole the future of the person who was infected a few years at a time. It is a little more complicated than that, but I'm having trouble explaining it, so I won't. How will Henry and the gang respond to this epidemic? Will they be successful or will the entire realm be infected and die in a few years? Only time will tell.

This book had twists, but they were not very smooth. The overall plot came together, but was not well developed in my opinion. I think Herbie Brennan can be a great writer, I read a review that said this book felt rushed. That's exactly how I felt once I saw those words. There was much more that could have been done to make this a great book. Instead, it was only a decent conclusion to a great series.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoyed the series, but don't expect it to be as good as its predecessors. It does give a solid conclusion to the series, but has enough open holes that if Herbie Brennan wanted to write more in the series he definitely could. If you haven't liked the series through the first three books, this book will not change your mind.

Favorite quote: "He was doing something, which was always better than talking about doing something."

Stars: 3 out of 5.

Final Word: Unpolished.
Five Stars 6 July 2014
By Gary Marcotte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
loved it
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