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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (3 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747577633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747577638
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,383,162 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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'It is even better than its predecessor, and more confident' Lindsey Fraser, The Bookseller

About the Author

Herbie Brennan lives and works in County Carlow, Ireland. He is the author of many wonderful books for children and adults including our own Faerie Wars and Zartog's Remote. Herbie is already working on the third book featuring the adventures of Henry, Pyrgus and their many friends (and foe!).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "solwest" on 16 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
A book you won't put away.
it's darker and more intrigueing than Fairy Wars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Bennett on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
An amazing series of books. I could read them over and over again. Great read, great value for money.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By George Eliot on 24 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
Sequels have always been my favourite types of books, and this one is excellent! With the resurrection of Pyrgus and Holly Blue's father, the Faeries of the Night seem poised to take over all the Realm - and who better to help save it than Henry Atherton?
While the book is very exciting from start to finish, the most hilarious chapters are those featuring Brimstone and Chalkhill, who, between them, completely steal the show. It was also nice to read a book in which one of the main characters makes a mistake so huge no-one can call that person anything other than an idiot, instead of them all being perfect all the time.
The only thing that annoyed me slightly was Henry's habit of getting into impossible situations because he was just not thinking - I thought he was supposed to be intelligent?
Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book immensely!
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By Joan Forrester on 1 July 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This follows on from book 1, which you don't need to read but sets the scene and without it may be a bit confusing. I think they are great stories, if you like fantasy. Great for adults and teenagers
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Definately worth a try... 6 Feb. 2005
By Selena - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found the first book, Faerie Wars, pretty interesting so I decided to read this one. In many ways it had excellent qualities such as suspense, mystery and a bit of romance. I'll have to admit, I finished the book pretty quickly because I got hooked onto it and didn't want to put it down. There were many twists and turns of the plot, and it was practically impossible to guess what would happen next at times.

I did, however, find the ending a tad abrupt. It was such a shame to finish the book without any more information on Pyrgus, Mr. Fogarty, Henry or Blue. But overall the book was an excellent one..... it will certainly capture your interest.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Action-Packed but Lacking as a Sequel ... 24 April 2006
By T. J. Jones - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In his sequel to 'Faerie Wars', Herbie Brennan offers up plenty of action, thrills, chills, and suspense, but 'The Purple Emperor' sadly does not stand up to the standards set by its prequel.

Pyrgus Malvae is about to be crowned Purple Emperor, and he is dreading every part of his new found power. All to suddenly, the body of the soon-to-be-burried former Purple Emperor, Pyrgus and Holly Blue's father, has been stolen and resurrected back to life by their old enemy, Black Hairstreak. Meanwhile, former characters are plotting their own schemes, as Jasper Chalkhill, the flamboyant spy for Hairstreak, is pulled out of jail and has a physchic wyrm inserted into his bottom (no joke) in order to help assasinate Pyrgus for Hairstreak. And also, the old demonologist Brimstone has been hiding out with his new, and very temporary, wife until Beleth makes him an offer he can't refuse. Eventually, all of these character's paths cross in a monumental battle of wits and danger.

Sounds confusing, but Brennan weaves the multi-plot strands relatively well. The story unfolds in short chapters, unlike its prequel, and the majority of the story is furiously-paced, almost too fast. The whole beginning was a blur, and Brennan rushed it way too quickly. The characters are so quickly thrown in the action, I felt as if I was on the sidelines watching instead of actually involved in the story. Brennan's own demise is the rushed pacing and how fast he tried to set up the plot and action, as it stopped him from forming the solidity of a good beginning and base for the remainder of the story. The faerie realm felt very empty as I was pulled along by the fast pace, but once you get past the bad beginning, the rest of the story is a action-packed adventure that leads to a shocking ending.

Bogged down by a rushed beginning, 'The Purple Emperor' eventually closes with a strong conclusion and I only recommend it to fans of the first book who like Brennan's use of suspense and action. Here's hoping the third book, 'Ruler of the Realm', returns to the qualities that made the first book enjoyable, yet believable, fantasy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not as fresh as the original 10 April 2006
By C. Daly - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Purple Emperor is the sequel to Faerie Wars, a superior book you should definately check out.

All of our familar heroes and villans of Faerie Wars are back in this sequel, including Pyrgus Malvae's dead father. Yes, the nighters are again attempting to take over the faerie realm, this time using the former emperor's reanimated corpse. With the help of some new allies, Pyrgus, Blue, Fogarty, and Henry must fight the evil faeries and demons in their quest to regain control of the faerie realm.

I enjoyed Faerie Wars and thought it was full of fresh, entertaining wit. One of the things I enjoyed about the book was the interplay of Henry's life in England and his absurd family problems with the all-too serious drama going on in the faerie realm. However, very little of the "analogue world" shows up in this sequel. Instead, the book focuses totally on the faerie realm. Henry's family is out of the picture. The Purple Emperor just isn't as funny as Faerie Wars. It moves along at breakneck speed with short chapters and lots of action, but ultimately is just not as satisfying. It's a quick, light, entertaining read, but it doesn't live up to the promise of its prequel.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful's OK 11 Sept. 2005
By ~GothLoveBlue~ - Published on
Format: Hardcover
WHAT I DON'T LIKE: Its a great story, except for the lack of an ending. Herbie Brennan has got a wonderful story going, but I'm sorry, I cannot stand it when a book does not answer most of my questions by the end. I read this book almost a year ago, so although I dont remember exactly what questions I had, i still remember being highly confused. I am sure many people do not feel the same way I do about this book, I do not intend on offending anyone who has already read this book and loved it, I am simply stating my opinion. Although I did not enjoy these books as much as I had hoped I would, I still recommend it. As I said before, this is a great story.

WHAT I DID LIKE: Henry and Blue actually kiss, (it was bound to happen sooner or later)Pyrgus meets a woman and falls in love, and Mr. Fogary meets a woman, also. The plot was great, and the characters likable. ( If only it were not for the ending, I would give this book 4 stars. )

I hope my review was in any way helpful =)
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Richie's Picks: THE PURPLE EMPEROR 28 Oct. 2004
By N. S. - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Those Bad Boys from the Chalkhill and Brimstone Miracle Glue factory are back:

"The worm was more like an eel or a snake, except it was segmented and protected by a natural, glistening armoured shell. It stared at Chalkhill with black, beady eyes from the bottom of a heated glass tank."

I'm generally resistant to writing about sequels. Indeed, I oftentimes procrastinate as far as reading them myself. If I've done my best to persuade readers to check out a great book, I figure they'll either want to read the sequel when it appears or they won't.

"It didn't sound too bad to Chalkhill. 'What do I do? Keep the worm with me in my pocket? Something of that sort?'

"The Facemaster hesitated. 'Ah...not exactly. The symbiote must be absorbed into your body.'

"Chalkhill's jaw dropped. 'I have to swallow it?'

"The Facemaster shook his head. 'Human saliva is toxic to the species. Consequently the insertion must be made in one nostril. The worm slides down your throat, crawls through the stomach into the large intestine, thence to the small intestine and, ultimately. the bowel, where it takes up permanent residence in your bottom.' "

Sounds uncomfortable, but it is actually that worm's butting in on Chalkhill's thoughts and conversations once it's taken up residence in his south end that becomes the bane of his despicable existence:

"Do be quiet, be quiet, be quiet! Chalkhill screamed inside his skull. The worm had talked non-stop from the moment it was inserted. If it went on very much longer, he was going to go mad. 'Why won't this thing shut up?' he asked the Facemaster.

" 'The worm? They do that, I'm afraid. Most people get used to it eventually.'

" 'Most people?' Chalkhill echoed. 'What about the ones who don't?'

" 'They usually hang themselves.'

" 'Which creates an interesting legal dilemma,' said the worm in Chalkhill's mind, having clearly eavesdropped on the spoken conversation. 'Should one bring a charge of suicide or murder? There are those lawyers who hold that the symbiotic relationship creates, in effect, a new entity, in which case hanging must be deemed an act of suicide. But there are others who would argue that the two sentient entities--wangaramas wyrm and faerie--remain distinct, if interlinked, in which case the suicide of one involves the murder of the other. In Jessup v. Trentonelf, however, Lord Justice Bedstraw ruled on the possibility of collusion by the wangaramas, which raises the spectre of assisted suicide, an offence in itself which, while carrying a lesser penalty than first degree murder, will nonetheless--'

" 'Can't they just have the worm removed?' asked Chalkhill, desperately ignoring the inner monologue. 'Can't I just have the worm removed?' He could just possibly survive until he slaughtered Pyrgus at his Coronation, but after that he wanted the worm out again within the hour."

Sadly for Chalkhill, the removal procedure takes six months. And sadly for you--if you haven't yet read FAERIE WARS--you've got some serious catching up to do before you can discover what other advice that wascally Wangaramas Worm named Cyril offers his new partner, Chalkhill.

If you HAVE already read FAERIE WARS,you'd know all about the secret ingredient in the glue and why Chalkhill deserves such a fate. You'd know about the Realm and about the adventures of Pyrgus Malvae, Holly Blue, Henry Atherton, and Mr. Fogerty, whose irascible, down-to-earth manner continues to make him the most unlikely character that I've ever met in a fantasy. And you'd know of Lord Hairstreak and why the state of affairs in the Realm are currently in a shambles.

Herbie Brennan is a master of walking that fine line between the dark and sinister on one hand and the utterly wacky and endearing on the other. (I'd do ANYTHING for my own endolg.) Brennan is able to create a thorough sense of otherworldliness in characters with whom you could instantly imagine having for friends. He is able to juggle five sets of characters in five different locales, and leave us hanging satisfied on one cliff after another after another.

Having finally been shamed into making time for THE PURPLE EMPEROR by my best fantasy-consuming high school reader--who places this at the pinnacle of his 2004 heap--I've got to tell you that it's time for you to step through the portal into the dangerous and delightful world of Herbie Brennan.
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