The Power of Books: Review of A Tale of Magic

The Power of Books: Review of A Tale of Magic

#1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer is back with the first instalment in a new series A Tale of Magic. Colfer will be best known to young readers as the author of The Land of Stories series and this new book is set in the same world. Parents may also recognise Colfer as the actor who played Kurt in Glee.

Brystal Evergreen has always wanted more for herself than females in the Southern Kingdom are supposed to desire. Aside from aspiring to be more than a servant to her father, brothers and one day husband she can’t help reading, an illegal activity for women, in every spare moment that she has.

Her brother Barrie is sympathetic to her cause and often supplies her with books that she reads into the night. In a fortunate turn of events, Brystal finds her dream job as a maid at the Justices library. Under the auspices of cleaning she can read all the books that she wants to.

However, when she discovers a secret room full of banned books things get interesting. One book in particular The Truth About Magic by Celeste Weatherberry reveals to Brystal that she really is different to all the other girls she knows.

It’s not long before she finds herself in a significant amount of trouble, caught and convicted for not only reading but magic, Brystal’s future looks grim but just in the nick of time Madame Weatherberry arrives and Brystal realises that the power she has is a good thing.

At Madame Weatherberry’s newly established Academy of Magic, Brystal and her friends Xanthous, Emerelda, Lucy, Tangerina and Skylene are about to learn exactly how to put their gifts to the best use.

Along the way Brystal discovers that she is very powerful indeed but it also dawns on her that winning over a world that has feared and despised magic for centuries is an impossible challenge. When Madame Weatherberry starts disappearing and keeping secrets, Brystal and her friends decide that they need to leave the academy to take things into their own hands.

Can they grapple with authorities that are determined to keep the status quo and retain their power? Will the Snow Queen stop them in their tracks and has Madame Weatherberry been telling them everything?

For readers who are new to The Land of Stories world you don’t need to have read the previous books or be familiar with any characters. With themes of acceptance, inequality and discrimination, and a great message about the power of books, your little reader will be hooked. This is a beautifully written and fast paced story that also challenges young minds. It’s easy to see why Colfer’s books are bestsellers and we think this one is destined to be a big hit too!

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Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honoured as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips JournalStranger Than Fanfiction, and the books in The Land of Stories series: The Wishing SpellThe Enchantress ReturnsA Grimm WarningBeyond the KingdomsAn Author’s Odyssey, and Worlds Collide, and the companion books A Treasury of Classic Fairy TalesThe Mother Goose DiariesQueen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to RoyaltyThe Curvy Tree, and Trollbella Throws a Party.

 

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Synopsis

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...
Chris Colfer
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Chris Colfer

Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor best known for his role as Kurt Hummel on Glee. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning and The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms.

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