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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Herbie Brennan Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781440798030
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The emperor of the enchanted Faerie Realm has been murdered and now Pyrgus, his son, is the Emperor Elect. As Pyrgus contemplates his new responsibilities as emperor, his father's body is stolen! Hairstreak, evil leader of the Faeries of the Night, and his wicked henchmen have resurrected it as a zombie and plan to take control of the kingdom. Pyrgus and his courageous sister Holly Blue are banished from the realm and stripped of their magical powers. Herbie Brennan, author of more than 90 books, has been published in over 50 countries. This sequel to Faerie Wars, a New York Times best-seller, is packed with demons and mystical creatures that will enthrall fantasy fans. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MarsianMan | 2/16/2014

    " Just didn't draw me in as well as the first one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 2/12/2014

    " A good book that leaves much to be had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anndee | 2/10/2014

    " Listened to this one. I actually liked this one better than the third one. It seemed like the author had a tendency to repeat himself. Gets a little old. Still makes the drive go faster. Unfortunately, our library doesn't have the first one on CD. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 2/9/2014

    " I don't think this one was up to the standard of the first one. Just didn't feel it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/6/2014

    " The sequel was so much more complex than the prequel, and so much better too! I couldn't put the book down, it was fantastic. It really benefited that there were different stories happening at the same time, and in the end they collided. I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/4/2014

    " These books tend to jump around a lot. There are over 100 chapters and frequently the chapters are 1 1/2 pages or less in length. Not every chapter jumps POV, but it does happen quite often. The villains also frequently work not only against each other with their various plots, but sometimes even against themselves. Ultimately the story is entertaining enough that I want to find out what happens next, but it's a mediocre story that doesn't shout "read me now!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/24/2014

    " This was a very nice follow-up to The Faerie Wars. Brennan has created a complex and multi-faceted world that is believable and well thought out. The political machinations throughout the book ring true and the pacing is fast and engaging. Well written and executed this is a great read and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheralyn | 1/10/2014

    " Oh my goodness, this is a must read and I am so sorry I cannot say more. It was so exciting and to twisted. To reveal more would be too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Beaver | 1/5/2014

    " it was pretty good and there was an unexpected twist, but I really didn't get the ending... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Eubanks | 1/5/2014

    " Not nearly as entertaining as the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 12/31/2013

    " Really am enjoying this series. The chapters are short so the story seems to move a long. The author doesn't bother with too many descriptions, which is nice for a change. Blue would make a fun Halloween costume ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/27/2013

    " Did not like this one as much. There was a twist that Brennan came up with that I did not approve of, but in the end it turned out well so the third book wasn't ruined. Anyway, read it, because then when you read the third one, it'll make sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 12/27/2013

    " Fantastic book - 2nd in its series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenzie | 12/15/2013

    " this book is really incredibly unpredictable! I've never read a book where an author can change it up so quickly and still have his readers adoring the book! this guy is a master! The end is so stunningly unpredictable! Luved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 12/12/2013

    " Will not be dissapointed with these books, can't wait to read the next book. Brillant writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MJ | 7/8/2013

    " Pyrgus is the purple emperor elect. He wonders if he can be as good an emperor as his father but would rather be on his own adventures. Harry and Mr. Fogarty return to the empire to help, however, Hairstreak is up to his devious ways to take control. It is up to Pyrgus, Harry and Blue to stop him! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 6/18/2013

    " love this seriesssss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madison | 3/25/2013

    " I really like this series. It's a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madison | 9/18/2012

    " This is one of the books in the series that i haven't read twice, i don't like this one as much as the others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 9/10/2012

    " Hummm... A fun series :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fuck | 7/14/2012

    " i don't remember many parts but man for some reason some of the gorey parts and the fat guy were funny to me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen Marie | 4/8/2012

    " Super fast easy read. Finished in under a day with 4 kids, school, ballet, etc. A little juvenile, but fun. I just wish Henry had a little more going on between the ears. The ending was so obvious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Smith | 2/12/2012

    " Very good book. Can't wait to get the third one now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 4/10/2011

    " One of my favorite Fae Series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhiannon | 4/1/2011

    " This time, Henry helps save the faerie realm :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/28/2011

    " This book is pretty better the second time. I feel that this book is better than the first book. Although, the third and fourth book is better. This is still a little of the introductory to the more action-packed part. Everyone should read this. So, read this and enjoy getting addicted. ? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 11/23/2010

    " A very exciting follow up with an excellent plot twist. The author is very good at pulling you along with the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey | 9/10/2010

    " A little strange at times, but interesting, with lots of twists and surprises, and very fast-paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karthi | 8/15/2010

    " The purple emperor was an exquisite book! I think it was as good as the first one but a weird but interesting concept! Before u read this book though make sure u read the first book on the series; Faerie Wars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 7/14/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book, alot of adventure and a easy read. Mainly a Young Adult book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 6/16/2010

    " All the same characters as the first book, Blue and Henry are still interested in each other, Pyrgus has a new love interest?, Pyrgus is about to become the Purple Emperor, a position he doesn't want. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jachira | 6/7/2010

    " Action packed sequel to Faerie Wars a really entertaining read and I don't even remember why this book used to be my least favorite of the series. Just finished re-reading and had to change my rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 5/10/2010

    " Enjoying the series more and more with every book I read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nefret | 4/6/2010

    " Den ersten Teil fand ich klasse, besonders die teilweise abgedrehten Einfälle. Mit der Fortsetzung konnte ich jedoch nicht so viel anfangen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madison | 3/28/2010

    " This is one of the books in the series that i haven't read twice, i don't like this one as much as the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/19/2010

    " I don't think this one was up to the standard of the first one. Just didn't feel it. "

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About the Author
Author Herbie Brennan

Herbie Brennan began writing as a child, and began a journalistic career at eighteen. At twenty-four, he became the youngest newspaper editor in his native Ireland. 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 100 books, many of them international best-sellers.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle, multiaward-winning narrator, was born of Irish parents and raised and educated England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator, he has been awarded thirty-one AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2006 for The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty.