Title: A Tale of Magic…
Author: Chris Colfer
Publishers: Hachette Children’s Group, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, Teen, Middle Grade, YA, Adventure, Magic
Release Date: October 1st 2019
Where To Buy: Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Wordery, Book Depository
Summary: 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 things–that 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 world–Brystal is well aware of the severe consequences the book may bring–but 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…
Thank you to NetGalley and Hachette Children’s Group for sending me an ebook to read and review of A Tale of Magic written by Chris Colfer.
Review: This was a wondrous book and I enjoyed it immensely. I was hooked into the story from the first page and was enthralled at every twist and turn that happened.
I loved the journey this book took you on, following Brystal Evergreen an exceptional girl in a set in stone dull world. She discovers so much more about herself, about the truth and about what the world truly could be if change was in place. She found magic and with her magic she found a great leader and mentor in Madame Weatherberry, she found she was capable of great things in her life and she found people, friends, a family just like her and together the group of children brought together found that they were talented, and unstoppable and were the only ones that could guide the way to make the changes in their world.
The story had a few premises one was a very political message that at times certainly seemed grown up and left me wondering if children would even actually understand the depth of the message. The other was to showcase love, acceptance and that no matter who or what you are you must value yourself as others will value, love and respect you for everything you truly are. A very important message to share in today’s society.
I loved how this story was written, it was very well thought out and very detailed, the characters were unique and entwined together perfectly no characters were created the same, each one had a past, a pain in their hearts and a lesson they had to overcome. You could connect with each and every character and were rooting for their success. I loved all the magic and the things they were learning, I loved the plot twists that I never saw coming and it had me gasping when I got to them, i loved how change came into their world even though it was a battle to get it there, I loved that the centre of everything was the children and their magic and I loved the ending.
This book was beautifully and creatively written and my goodness I enjoyed every part of it. I’m so glad I got to read this book and am pretty sure I’ll be reading it again.
About Author: Chris Colfer is an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor best-known for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on the FOX television series “Glee”.
He is also a New York Times bestselling author whose books include the first three novels in the “Land of Stories” series (“The Wishing Spell”, “The Enchantress Returns” and “A Grimm Warning”) as well as “Struck By Lightning: The Carson Philips Journal” which is a novelization based on the script he wrote for the film “Struck By Lighting” (Colfer also co-produced and starred in that movie).
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Ahhh, I didn’t even know he was bringing out another book! I’m adding this straight to my wishlist.
Great review Joey. I can’t wait to read it 🙂
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Yes you need to this book is so incredible, and the sequel to this book comes out in October too and I’m so excited for it.
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