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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747564671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747564676
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,550,444 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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Faerie Wars, by Herbie Brennan follows in the footsteps of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl with its tale of fairy-folk and derring-do. But whereas Colfer's little people have a thoroughly modern edge throughout, Brennan comes at them from a slightly different angle in a highly original novel that weaves modern science with a good, old-fashioned fantasy story.

Henry, an ordinary boy, is thrown into turmoil when his mother apparently has an affair with his father's secretary and it looks as if his hitherto safe, if a little dull, world is about to fall to pieces. To avoid the arguments and the tense silences he heads for the haven of Mr Fogarty's house to spend time with the old man whose passion lies in scientific experiments and the accompanying paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, on an altogether different plane, Pyrgus Malvae, son of an emperor, has fallen out with his father and sets about making mischief. What he doesn't realise is that there are greater forces at work than his teenage tantrums, and not only his life, but that of his family's, is under serious threat. To save his life he transports, accidentally ending up in Mr Fogarty's back garden (where he appears as a tiny fairy--bizarre but true!). Before long, Pyrgus Malvae, Henry and Mr Fogarty are trapped in battle between distant worlds and dark forces, the result of which will change all their lives forever.

The aforementioned Eoin Colfer reckons that Herbie Brennan is a master of mythology, science and fantasy. Indeed he is, and despite a few hiccups in the handling of Henry's situation which seem somehow ill at ease with the rest of the book, he pulls off his first major work of fiction with admirable poise in a pleasingly challenging fantasy for older readers. (Includes some strong language and subject matter). Recommend for ages 11 and over. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Praise for the Faerie Wars series: 'If Mervyn Peake met Melvin Burgess in a very dark alley, they might emerge with Faerie Wars' Eoin Colfer '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' Nicholas Tucker, Independent

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan on 27 May 2013
Format: Paperback
I found the Faerie Wars to be a fun read from the start. The story begins with Henry Atherton a boy in his early teens who is not having an easy time at home. His younger sister is a spoiled brat who enjoys tormenting him and he has just discovered that his parents’ marriage is falling apart. It is during the school holidays and Henry spends his days working for an old aged pensioner named Mr Fogarty, which is a welcome escape.

Mr Fogarty is known to be strange. He believes in faeries (although he has never seen one), aliens and is big on conspiracy theories. Henry takes it all with a pinch of salt until he discovers a tiny winged creature in Mr Fogarty’s garden that looks very much like a miniature boy of about his age - with wings. Henry soon realises he has come across a faerie and takes him to Mr Fogarty.

The faerie found in the garden is Pyrgus Malvae, Crown Prince of the Faerie Realm. He was transported to the analogue world (our world) to be safe from those who are conspiring to kill him. Unfortunately, the portal he was sent through was sabotaged and he ended up in the wrong place and in miniature form. He convinces Henry and Mr Fogarty to help him to return home because his father the Purple Emperor, ruler of the Faeries of the Light, is in danger. The story moves to the Faerie Realm where we discover Holly Blue, Pyrgus’ sister. She dabbles in magic and has a network of spies that help her know what is going on in the realm and the dangers that fall on her brother Pyrgus and her father. We also learn about the enemy, Lord Hairstreak, ruler of the Faeries of the Night, and the demons who are plotting to bring down the Purple Emperor.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erika L Wong on 25 Oct 2004
Format: Hardcover
5 Stars!! Herbie Brennan please write a sequel to "The Purple Emperor" or I may put a spell on you. The style, structure, story and humour of "Faerie Wars" was perfectly crafted!! I was up till past 2 A.M. finishing it and proceeded directly to "The Purple Emperor." Stayed up till 3:30 A.M. Of "Faerie Wars" I particularly enjoyed the stories within the story, how they were woven together and the little surprises throughout. Brilliant!
Cheers, (now go write another sequel)
Erika
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan 2006
Format: Paperback
Enjoyable as any other book in the same genre, I think the plot is quite conventional, the characters nothing more than average, and the whole story falls short of consistency and credibility, even for a fantasy. The adventures grow larger and larger till the end of the book, but it seems like the author had no ideas left for the last part, which i find extremely disappointing and abrupt. Not necessarily a waste of money (it doesn't lack of amusing chapters), but a book which takes the same time to be read and to be forgotten.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec 2005
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This is an amazing book! Lots of people told me so and they were right. I started reading it and just couldn't put it down so I stayed awake all night to finish it! The mixture of reality and fantasy is brilliant and I totally believed in the Faerie Realm. The main characters are really sympathetic and the plot is full of supense, twists and real surprises. Like real life, and the best books, Faerie Wars is funny, surprising, tragic and courageous by turns and it had me enthralled to the last page. I've now read The Purple Emperor too (more wonderful adventures) and I can't wait for number three! Keep writing Herbie!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Romain on 4 Mar 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is an astoundingly good read. I felt as if I had been subjected to a spell, as the words held my eyes to the page. The pace is blistering, the characters both lifelife and fantastical and Herbie Brennan manages to mix a beguiling number of themes which will excite both children and grownups. If you enjoyed JK Rowling and Philip Pullman you will love Faery Wars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "alyson_lowrie_12" on 21 July 2004
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This book is quite simply brilliant. It grips you from the very start until the very end. I've frequently got to the end and then went back to the beginning and reread it straight away, its that good. I can't wait for the sequel.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 April 2003
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This is fantastic in all senses: it is a fabulous and a true fantasy adventure story. Herbie Brennan has woven an imaginative and creative tale that holds the attention from start to finish. It is the kind of book that you simply can't put down. I loved it and have passed it around my family, with similar reactions from all ages. I can't wait for the sequels.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sep 2004
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This book is very exciting and interesting and will get you reading for hours. The plot is ingenious and exciting and the characters fall right into place. The way brennan creates his characters with so much detail and shows everything about so well through the book is incredible.
I cant wait to get the sequel. This book is for all ages.
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