Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Kernel's Library: So Begins the Faerie Adventures

Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan Book 00010: Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan
- Faerie Wars

First Publication:
- 3 February 2003 by Bloomsbury

- by age thirty, Herbie Brennan made the decision to devote most of his time to full-length works of fact and fiction and since then has published more than sixty books, many of them international bestsellers.
- over the years his books have sold more than 7.5 million copies worldwide.

- A Book Sense 76 Children's Pick
- A YALSA Teens' Top Ten Pick (#1 Selection)
- An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

I usually do not mind if I read books for younger generations, for what matters most is the story itself and not on what age it was first intended. Naturally, there is no much hesitation involved when I bought the Faerie Wars. I was glad of the decision I made for the read was a hilariously entertaining one -- to over exaggerate, it was morbidly funny.

The story revolves around a crafty boy, Henry Atherton a common man with common problems and only thinks he is a goner. But it was all changed when a being was transported into our world through an invisible portal. From then on, his common life turned to a magical and fantastical journey and somehow saved his sanity.

Thanks to Pyrgus Malvae, the stranger that pitted him to this world of wonder. Henry thinks Pyrgus deserves a royal gratitude since he is actually a prince from the Faerie realm where he came from. But unknown to Henry, Pyrgus has his own dilemma for himself as many people wanted this rebellious young prince and heir to the Faerie throne dead. Yes, far too many -- including a sorcerer, a demon, the leader of the Faeries of the Night, and maybe even a hidden traitor within his father's court.

So together Henry and Pyrgus worked hand in hand even though they come from very different worlds. They must save both worlds - Pyrgus' on the verge of destruction and Henry's on the verge of a family break up. There the story continues to an adventure narrated alternately based on some major characters' perspective.

They ended up saving the world, but not the one thing Henry desires... It's amazing how the author flips the story in alternating perspective with very informative back flash on events on someone else's perspective. The story is not repetitive even though the same plot is sometimes delivered by different characters, instead it produced a more riddling feel to the plot, which makes it more exciting.

Grade: A-