by Herbie Brennan
Henry Atherton lives in present-day England and he has very present-day
problems. He does odd jobs for a crazy old man who believes in fairies
and UFOs, in order to save money for an MP3 player. His sister is
horse-crazy. His parents are splitting up. Henry hardly knows how to
help himself, or his family. So he certainly isnt prepared to find out
that old Mr. Fogarty is right about fairies and alien abductions.
It begins when Henry rescues a butterfly from Mr. Fogartys cat. Only it
isnt a butterfly. Its a tiny, red-headed boy with wings. Who is
actually the Crown Prince of the Faerie Realm, Pyrgus Malvae. Ordinarily
Pyrgus isnt a titch with butterfly wings, but something went wrong when
he translated into our world, which is like an alternate universe to
the Faerie Realm.
Pyrgus is on the run from some nasties called Faeries of the Night, who
are in league with demons who, apart from the fire and brimstone stuff,
also drive flying saucers and do medical experiments on people. And
Pyrgus is also the victim of a shadowy conspiracy to assassinate the
Purple Emperor (Pyrguss father) and the heir (Pyrgus himself), invade
the Realm with hordes of demons, and conquer, loot, and pillage the
Realm of Faerie. After which the Prince of Demons, Beleth, as the new
Emperor, will turn his forces toward the Analogue Realm...that is, our
Beleth has some really colorful nasties on his side, from the flamboyant
Jasper Chalkhill to the over-the-top-wicked summoner of demons, Silas
Brimstone. And who can possibly fight against him? What chances have old
Mr. Fogarty with his interesting past, Prince Pyrgus with his soft spot
for kittens, Henry who hardly believes in anything and has enough
problems of his own? What chances do they have, even with the aid of
Pyrgus beautiful and formidable sister Blue and an orange dwarf with
poisoned teeth? And when Pyrgus attempt to go back to the Faerie Realm
puts him in the clutches of Beleth himself...and when Mr. Fogarty gets
implicated in the sinister plot to assassinate the Emperor...and when
Henry passes through the portal between the worlds and the first thing
he sees is Princess Blue naked...will there be a tomorrow for the Faerie
Well, there had better be. The book ends with the words To be
continued, and Ill hold the author to it. Combining elements of
science fiction, fantasy, fairy-tale, modern-day action-adventure, and
family drama, this highly entertaining book looks like the beginning of
a magnificent series.
Occult content advisory: in this book, a very nasty man named Brimstone
summons a demon with the aid of a grimoire, pentacles, sacrifices, etc.
Those who strongly object to occult practices should be advised.
Parental guidance advisory: If this book was a movie (hey, thats a good
idea), it would be rated PG-13 for violence, language, adult situations,
and brief nudity.
Recommended Age: 14+
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