Wednesday, June 29, 2005
The Purple Emperor by Herbie Brennan
Henry Atherton, Pyrgus Malvae, and his sister, Holly Blue, thought they had defeated the Faeries of the Night. Now, Lord Hairstreak, leader of the Faeries of the Night, has resurrected Pyrgus's father, the murdered Purple Emperor, in order to control the Faerie Realm. When Henry tries to teleport through a portal leading to the Royal Palace, he discovers that his friends have been exiled to foreign lands. In his struggle to find them, Pyrgus and Blue are also struggling to return to the palace. When the friends are finally reunited, Pygus's father has been killed again, and they lead the final battle against Lord Hairstreak's men. The Purple Emperor is the even more complex and exciting sequel to Faerie Wars. Faerie Wars was also an excellent book which compelled me to read the sequel. Henry, Pyrgus, and Blue mature emotionally, and they have a better understanding of the political ways of their world. The mood of this book is dark and depressing throughout. It does not lighten up until the end, and even then, it is still sad. -Olivia R.