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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 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...


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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 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...

30 review for A Tale of Magic...

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

    [10/09/2019] - AHHHHHHHHHHHH! THAT WAS SO SURPRISINGLY GOOD!! WILL I EVER STOP YELLING? PROBABLY NOT -------- [10/03/19] - THE TALE BEGINS NOW!! -------- HOLY FREAKING SHIRTBALLS!!!!!!! ANOTHER SERIES!!!! THAT COVER!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  2. 5 out of 5

    Caroline 💞🐉

    i don’t care if this is middle grade and i’m a junior in high school, IM GOING TO READ THIS. and that cover,,, i don’t care if this is middle grade and i’m a junior in high school, IM GOING TO READ THIS. and that cover,,, 😍

  3. 5 out of 5

    TJ✨

    The problem I have with most middle-grade books is most of the time the synopsis sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it but it's not long before i'm thinking "I'm too old for this shit"!!! With that said, that is never the case with Chris Colfer his stories draw me in and captivate me and I curse every single time I need to put them down. A Tale of Magic was such an exciting story with great characters and fun and touching moments a truly delightful read can't wait for the next!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carey

    A Tale of Magic is the 1st book in a new series written by Chris Colfer. Even though it’s a prequel to his award winning Land of Stories series, readers do not need to be familiar with the characters in the first series. Chris’s books are written with middle grade readers in mind; however, I think “children” of all ages will enjoy them and immediately feel love for the characters. I adored the protagonist Brystal; she’s spunky and determined to not take the path her parents have deemed necessary A Tale of Magic is the 1st book in a new series written by Chris Colfer. Even though it’s a prequel to his award winning Land of Stories series, readers do not need to be familiar with the characters in the first series. Chris’s books are written with middle grade readers in mind; however, I think “children” of all ages will enjoy them and immediately feel love for the characters. I adored the protagonist Brystal; she’s spunky and determined to not take the path her parents have deemed necessary for girls. The other characters were tons of fun too. Readers will get to know a group of delightful fairies: Madame Weatherberry, Tangerina, Skylene, Xanthous, Emerelda, Lucy, and Mrs. Vee. You’ll also meet the evil monarchs and the Snow Queen witch. Their main goal is to stop magic from being practiced in the kingdoms. Chris skillfully weaves in the need for acceptance and equality into his story. I recognized immediately some of the situations we face in today’s world, such as discrimination, division, patriarchy, oppression, and much more. Together the fairies attempt to rid the kingdoms of the evil mentioned above. This fifty-something reader found herself laughing out loud at the situations the fairies and witches found themselves in during the story. All ages will love it! Thank you Chris, and Little, Brown, and Company for the ARC of this magical book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Yasmeena Elmahdy

    THAT TOOK SO DAMN LONG OOF BUT THAT WAS SOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOD FULL RTC ~~~~~~~ OMG THAT COVERRRRRRR *fans myself*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Chris Colfer has done it again!! I loved this book so much!! Can’t wait to read the next book! I love the world of Land of Stories so much! Highly recommend!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nikita

    A Tale of Magic is magical, adventurous, and gripping. Brystal Evergreen has always known she was destined for amazing things, however she must first survive the oppressive Southern Kingdom and her only escape are books which are illegal for her to read. Working as a maid at her local library gives her the perfect excuse to be near them and finds way to read them but one day Brystal uncovers a secret section of the library and finds a book about magic that changes her life forever. Magic is A Tale of Magic is magical, adventurous, and gripping. Brystal Evergreen has always known she was destined for amazing things, however she must first survive the oppressive Southern Kingdom and her only escape are books which are illegal for her to read. Working as a maid at her local library gives her the perfect excuse to be near them and finds way to read them but one day Brystal uncovers a secret section of the library and finds a book about magic that changes her life forever. Magic is outlawed and the consequences will be serve for Brystal but by reading the book, she discovers that she is capable of magic however, after being caught, Brystal is saved by a mysterious woman who brings her to an academy of magic. There she befriends other students and discovers that not everything is what it seems when one of her mentors disappears and goes in search of her only to learn the truth behind the academy and faces a sinister plot that puts the fate of world in danger. A Tale of Magic is filled with magic, adventure, danger, secrets, discoveries and friendship. Brystal Evergreen lives in a world where magic is considered evil and is punishable by death and in the Southern Kingdom, girls like Brystal are only trained to become wives and mothers. Her only escape are books which are forbidden to her and to gain access to them, Brystal takes a job working as a maid at the library where she discovers a book about magic. After reading the book, Brystal learns that she is capable of magic but is caught and is sentenced to death however she is saved and brought to an academy for magic by a mysterious woman named Madame Weatherberry where she is to learn how to become a fairy. There Brystal meets other students and quickly become friends with them and learns more about world of magic and how to control her magic. However, when four witches comes to the academy asking for Madame Weatherberry’s help and Brystal learns of a threat in the Northern Kingdom and that there is more to her teacher than she thought. When their teacher goes missing and overcome with worry, Brystal and her classmates travel to the North Kingdom in search for her only to encounter danger and shock as they discover that all they have learned from Madame Weatherberry, may have been a lie. Upon entering the North Kingdom, Brystal and friends find themselves in a battle field between those of the kingdom and against the threat, revealing more shock and hard choices. As Brystal and her friends embark on the path to save their world, they are creating a new one. I adored Brystal immediately. She’s determined to live a different life than the one others have set for her. And you got to love a kid who loves to read and a desire to learn. Madame Weatherberry is warm, compassionate and mysterious. Lucy is awesome but a rebel. Other characters are engaging, funny and wonderful, even the other characters in the story are great. The world of A Tale of Magic is great with the very adult themes in a children’s book but it works. Overall, A Tale of Magic was great. I loved Land of Stories and was eager to read this new tale. I adore the characters, the plot and the setting. Chris Colfer is a great. A Tale of Magic is the prequel to the Land of Stories series which is so cool. I am seeing people and hints to stuff to the land of stories that made me scream. I’m thinking that Brystal is the Fairy Godmother, Alex and Connor’s grandmother and that Lucy is Mother Goose. This is a fun book for any age and a must read for fans of Land of Stories. I can’t wait to find out what happens next or what else Chrif Colfer has in sort for next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Disney_World

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS! (This is to the people who ignore the spoiler alert and click it anyways.) Okay, it was an AMAZING book!! I really recommend reading it! But, the main reason I am writing this is to say, is it just me, or did other people feel like this is a HUGE connection to the land of stories. Like, the history of how the whole series happened. (And don’t give me hate comments, read the notes at bottom if you really want hate comments from everything above.) Why I DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS! (This is to the people who ignore the spoiler alert and click it anyways.) Okay, it was an AMAZING book!! I really recommend reading it! But, the main reason I am writing this is to say, is it just me, or did other people feel like this is a HUGE connection to the land of stories. Like, the history of how the whole series happened. (And don’t give me hate comments, read the notes at bottom if you really want hate comments from everything above.) Why I think this: ~There is a Fairy Council in this book. (In Tales of magic there are Esmerelda and Skylene. The same are in land of stories. But for Tangerina and Xanthouse in Tale of magic, they probably have someone related to them in land of stories. They BOTH have fire powers / water powers. Tangerina (TOM) Tangerine (LOS). Xanthouse (TOM), Xathous (LOS) I have no idea what happened to Lucy.) ~They might call Brystal the Fairy Godmother (You know where I am going.) ~There is a ice queen / Madame Weatherberry in BOTH books / series. (And if you realize that the snow queen is located in the northern mountains in both books..... she was also overthrown by General / King White.) ~General/ King White, Snow White. (Think you get it. General / King White’s kingdom is also the northern kingdom, just like Snow Whites.) FIRST NOTE: There might be more then this. Some of these might also be incorrect, cause I’m not always right. Also, this might be VERY confusing. NOTE: If you really don’t care about this or already realized this, I’m sorry for wasting your time. DOUDBLE NOTE: before officially posting this review, I looked up the book. And yes, this is supposed to be a book based off of the land of stories realm! But I am still posting this cause why not?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lukyan's Library

    Book Two of the READING RUSH

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sharanya

    This book was AMAZING!!! It's the story of the Fairy Godmother and the Fairy Council in the Land of Stories!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    This was enjoyable until the end. There was one part that I didn't like. I wanted it do go differently. I liked that this was the origin story of one of the characters in The Land of Stories. It actually involves several characters from that series. Their journeys were bittersweet.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erica Rist

    What another fantastic series from Chris. This is a perfect book about inclusion and acceptance for children and adults alike. Although we can see where this series will take us we know the lush journey is going to be worth every word. Love it

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I am a giant fan of Chris Colfer's Land of Stories series. I knew I had to read this new series as soon as it was announced. I love the way magic is portrayed in this series. Magic and witches have been outlawed and anybody showing any signs of being different or magical, they are sent away. In this way, Chris Colfer can discuss a lot of societal issues of hiding your true self or conforming in a way that is understandable to the younger audience. I think it's important for young kids to hear I am a giant fan of Chris Colfer's Land of Stories series. I knew I had to read this new series as soon as it was announced. I love the way magic is portrayed in this series. Magic and witches have been outlawed and anybody showing any signs of being different or magical, they are sent away. In this way, Chris Colfer can discuss a lot of societal issues of hiding your true self or conforming in a way that is understandable to the younger audience. I think it's important for young kids to hear that message and really take it to heart at a young age, as it's easier to forget and conform as they get older. The sooner children can really understand that who they are is perfect, maybe the more they might believe it. I really like the characters in this series and am eager to see how it progresses.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christine D

    2.5 stars Being totally honest here, I did not like this as much as the Land of Stories. It's written well, but I felt it was a tad repetitive with the 'choose love not hate' theme. An important message, sure, but it was reiterated in almost every chapter. Colfer's writing is good, the dialogue is fun and I can tell he puts effort into the creation of his stories. It was interesting to read the origin story of the fairy godmother.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Juliko

    Chris Colfer is a name that's popped up a lot in the entertainment business. Some of you may know him as the actor who played Kurt Hummel in the TV show Glee. Others may know him for his bestselling book series for children, The Land of Stories. He's made a pretty big name for himself in the past decade, and is still going strong from what I hear. But I've neither seen Glee nor read his Land of Stories book series, but his most recent book, A Tale of Magic, did catch my eye in my local Barnes Chris Colfer is a name that's popped up a lot in the entertainment business. Some of you may know him as the actor who played Kurt Hummel in the TV show Glee. Others may know him for his bestselling book series for children, The Land of Stories. He's made a pretty big name for himself in the past decade, and is still going strong from what I hear. But I've neither seen Glee nor read his Land of Stories book series, but his most recent book, A Tale of Magic, did catch my eye in my local Barnes and Noble. I was hesitant to read it, since other fantasy books I've read, such as Marabel and the Book of Fate turned out to be huge disappointments. Thankfully, A Tale of Magic is marginally better than Marabel, but it's unfortunately hampered with a lot of problems that hold it back from being truly good. In case you're wondering, you don't need to know anything about The Land of Stories in order to understand what's going on in the book. From what I've heard, this is a prequel to Land of Stories, and it serves as a standalone, so no worries on that front. Anyway, the story begins as a fairy, Madame Celeste Weatherberry, is trying to start up a special school to train children who can use magic in an attempt to fight against the kingdom-enforced idea that magic is a sin, and anyone who has it is either evil or should be killed. When she gets permission from the king of the Southern Kingdom, she manages to recruit three new students: Brystal Evergreen, a book-loving girl whose affluent family refuses to let her pursue anything other than aspirations of motherhood and marriage; Xanthous, a timid boy who can set himself and anything else on fire at will, and Emerelda Stone, a girl who can turn things into gemstones. The kids spend their days at the academy learning how to manifest and control their powers and slowly bonding with one another. But when Madame Weatherberry begins disappearing, Brystal suspects something is going on, and when she and the kids learn the truth, its up to them to save their teacher by any means necessary, even though the world they live in isn't kind to people like them. I really want to like this book more than I do. It has so much that I like in it, and I do want to gush about it, but I wouldn't be a good reviewer if all I did was just that. I'll get the negatives out of the way first and then get to the positive stuff afterward. One of the book's rather prominent problems is this: It's preachy as hell! Now, it's not as heavy-handed as, say, The Littlest Bigfoot or Elsie Dinsmore, but the book really lays on its morals thick, constantly hammering them into our heads without the least bit of subtlety. Its morals overall are rather basic ones such as "Don't oppress women," "Accept those who are different and don't reject them," "Reading is great," "Solve your problems head on," so on and so forth. They're good morals, and I appreciate the author's attempts at trying to weave them into a fantasy setting, but I feel the execution of them fell flat on its face because Colfer seems to think hammering them in your head over and over is the best way to convey them. Colfer, trust your audience. Let the story speak for itself. Kids are actually much smarter and more intuitive than people give them credit for. Thankfully, unlike the two above books I mentioned, the heavy-handedness is mitigated somewhat by the likeable main cast of characters. Good characters can either make or break a story, and if the author doesn't care about them and their plight, then why should the audience? I thought the main characters, while on the cliche side, were fun, engaging, and had a great dynamic going on. Brystal is a budding intellectual who feels oppressed by her heavily patriarchal society, and she continually puts herself at risk in order to pursue her dreams, even getting in huge trouble, but she always perseveres and tries to make the best of things. She's a realistic, flawed main character who always means well, does make mistakes like any kid would, and does her best. Her friends are just as engaging, and I personally liked Xanthous. He's a shy kid who feels all he does is hurt people, even having killed some without meaning to, and he really blossoms once he comes to the academy. Madame Weatherberry and her apprentices Tangerina and Skylene were fun as well, and I really liked the former's character development near the end, even if it wound up ending in tragedy. While a little on the cliche side, I think Colfer has a good grasp on his main cast, and I loved reading about this eclectic group. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the side characters, namely Brystal's family and the group of witches that terrorize the northern continent. They were all just so...shallow, and by that I mean they only seem to exist just to do stuff to advance the plot and nothing else. The witches were just there to be obstacles for the kids to overcome and didn't do much after that, and the ogres and orcs in the In-Between area were just stereotypically evil for the sake of being evil. Brystal's father is especially hit hard with this, as all he ever does is scream at Brystal over everything and be a complete dick (Still got nothing on Horace Dinsmore Jr, though!), and even her brothers never appear again once Brystal's trial ends. Her brothers and mother were the only ones I actually liked, and I wish Colfer had done more with them. Eh, A Tale of Magic does have another book coming out next year, as it's going to be a series similar to Land of Stories, so who knows? Maybe that'll be rectified in due time. But I will say one final thing in the book's favor though: The prose and the overall writing. Colfer's descriptions and imagery are all very well done, and the writing has great flow. No scene is either too long or too short, and the story moves at a fairly steady pace. The prose is still accessible enough for children to read, but not to the point of being too beige or too overly purple. He strikes a good balance with his writing, something few writers can boast, even some of my favorite ones. It helps that the kids' dialogue is fairly realistic, and I didn't find a single line that sounded too silly or artificial, something many writers tend to struggle with a lot, even experienced ones. I hate to rate this book so low, as it does have a lot of elements that I really like, but it did turn out better than a lot of other fantasy stories I've read recently, so I'll probably read it multiple times if I ever want a light, fantastical read. If your a fan of fantasy stories aimed at kids, but don't want to read anything too thought provoking or complicated, feel free to give A Tale of Magic a try.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joey Susan

    Thank you to Hachette Children’s Group for sending me an ebook review copy through NetGalley of A Tale of Magic written by Chris Colfer. 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 Thank you to Hachette Children’s Group for sending me an ebook review copy through NetGalley of A Tale of Magic written by Chris Colfer. 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah ಠᴗಠ

    This was a simple, sweet fantasy story. I think one of the main reasons I really liked this book is b/c I've read The Wishing Spell and the others in the series. I think the only reason I loved this is because I loved seeing the origins of some of the side characters in the Land of Stories series. (For example, we get to see Mother Goose as a child) There were a couple of twists in the story, but one I completely saw coming. Also, I can see how this is a children's book because there are some This was a simple, sweet fantasy story. I think one of the main reasons I really liked this book is b/c I've read The Wishing Spell and the others in the series. I think the only reason I loved this is because I loved seeing the origins of some of the side characters in the Land of Stories series. (For example, we get to see Mother Goose as a child) There were a couple of twists in the story, but one I completely saw coming. Also, I can see how this is a children's book because there are some obvious parts to me that I could tell were written like that on purpose. Like, when they were traveling, why didn't they use their magic to transport them faster? I'm honestly don't know how this could be a series, because the ending wasn't a cliffhanger or anything that seemed, continual, if that makes sense. (it says A Tale of Magic #1) I think the reason I subtracted a star is this book had some weird/strange/I don't know what to do with perspectives on God in this book. "I doubt the Black Bear Cave got its name for housing flamingos."

  18. 5 out of 5

    Linnea

    It's a story about a girl named Brystal Evergreen who lives in the Southern Kingdom. All girls her age are expected to be good wives and nothing more. The only problem is that Brystal wants more. She wants to be free to read an not wear a dress whenever she goes out. After making a shocking discovery about herself, she is convicted of witchcraft and shipped off to The Bootstrap Correctional Facility For Troubled Girls and Women. From there she is rescued by a mysterious lady in a golden carriage It's a story about a girl named Brystal Evergreen who lives in the Southern Kingdom. All girls her age are expected to be good wives and nothing more. The only problem is that Brystal wants more. She wants to be free to read an not wear a dress whenever she goes out. After making a shocking discovery about herself, she is convicted of witchcraft and shipped off to The Bootstrap Correctional Facility For Troubled Girls and Women. From there she is rescued by a mysterious lady in a golden carriage driven by unicorns, and enrolled in a magic school. Join Brystal in her many adventures she has including battling trolls, witch hunters, and making new friends along the way. After truths turn out to be lies, she must save herself and the people of the Northern Kingdom from a mysterious being called the Snow Queen. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan (ReadingRover)

    This was a fun magical middle grade novel. A bit heavy on the message of acceptance and how it’s ok to be different but there could have been worse things wrong with it. Not that having a positive messages is bad in any way I just don’t like it constantly repeated and shoved down my throat. Other than that this was a really exciting adventure, fantasy book. I basically read it all the way through in one shot. The characters were unique and the plot was good. There was even a twist I didn’t see This was a fun magical middle grade novel. A bit heavy on the message of acceptance and how it’s ok to be different but there could have been worse things wrong with it. Not that having a positive messages is bad in any way I just don’t like it constantly repeated and shoved down my throat. Other than that this was a really exciting adventure, fantasy book. I basically read it all the way through in one shot. The characters were unique and the plot was good. There was even a twist I didn’t see coming. The audio version was entertaining to listen too. The narrator put a funny spin on things and I liked the added sound effects. I’m excited to see where this series goes. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Roxane

    3.75/5 I enjoyed this. I love the magical world and getting to see characters I recognise from the other series in a new setting. That said, the story didn’t capture me the way the other series did, nor did the characters. Some of the characters felt a little bland at times, and the story was interesting but at times felt a tad boring and preachy. I still enjoyed it a lot and will read the next book

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emerson Lenet

    This book was an absolutely amazing prequel to The Land of Stories! It is a total page-turner, and it takes a GIGANTIC turn. The identity of the main character will be very shocking once you find it out!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Yukari Watanabe/渡辺由佳里

    My Japanese review: https://youshofanclub.com/2019/11/19/...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    OH MY GOSH is all I can say right now. It was seriously the perfect prequel/sequel (whatever you want to call it) for TLOS. I absolutely loved it!! It was absolutely beautiful, if you loved The Land of Stories as much as I did you will definitely love this too

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Loved loved loved this book. For any fans of Chris Colfers other series - Land of Stories, this book is a must read for you! The book follows Bystal and her friends magical adventure. I can’t really reveal too much without spoilers but needless to say, I was squealing and jumping around while reading the book. It honestly made me so happy and I honestly loved it!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I loved it! I was so engrossed in it I read it in only 2 days.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linde

    I loved this book. The twists and turns are amazing. We are back in the Land of Stories, and we learn about the past, and how the fairy council came to be. It’s so good, and I know that this series will be another amazing one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aniella K.

    SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! This book WAS AMAAAAAZZZZZZING! I don't think that there are words to discribe the feelings I had as I read the book. Like all of Colfers works, I was crying at somepoint in SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER SPOILER ALERT!!! This book WAS AMAAAAAZZZZZZING! I don't think that there are words to discribe the feelings I had as I read the book. Like all of Colfers works, I was crying at somepoint in the story. not even kidding. Brystal Evergreen... I can't even. Let's summarize: 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… Madame Weathberry is actually the Snow Queen. IF YOU DIDN'T SEE THE SPAMMING of spoiler Alerts, then GET GLASSES. Anyhoo, I love Brystal's energy. She is by far my favorite character of all time. She's compassionate, kind and witty- everything I wsh that I could be. If you love his previous works, do me a favor and READ THE BOOK! FYI, Mother Goose is one heck of a kid! Xanthous,

  28. 4 out of 5

    Neena Manji

    The tale of magic is way better than the land of stories! I recommend a tale of magic for everyone who has read a land of stories or loves fantasy! It is simply an amazing emotional rollercoaster! Best fantasy book ever!

  29. 5 out of 5

    John

    We need more from this author! Chris Colfer delivers one of the best stories of magic since Harry Potter. A must read!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    A Tale of Magic was an interesting story, and it was fun to read, but so much of the book felt like thinly veiled efforts to convey a stance on social issues. But instead of letting the symbolism speak for itself, or letting the reader make inferences from the story, Colfer essentially beats the reader over the head with his message, which just made much of the book feel tiring at times.

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