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Brystal Evergreen changed the world, but the journey is just beginning... Brystal and her friends have saved the world from the evil Snow Queen and secured worldwide acceptance for the magical community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the academy, the celebrations are cut short. As the witch begins recruiting faeries into her rival school of witchcraft, it b Brystal Evergreen changed the world, but the journey is just beginning... Brystal and her friends have saved the world from the evil Snow Queen and secured worldwide acceptance for the magical community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the academy, the celebrations are cut short. As the witch begins recruiting faeries into her rival school of witchcraft, it becomes clear she has dark intentions. And soon Brystal's friend Lucy becomes embroiled in an ominous plot against mankind. Elsewhere, the fragile peace is on the brink of shattering. Outrage has spread throughout the kingdoms in opposition to the legalization of magic. And, a dangerous and centuries-old clan known as the Righteous Brotherhood has resurfaced, with one goal in mind: to exterminate all magical life forever...starting with Brystal.... The enchanting sequel to the New York Times bestselling A Tale of Magic..., filled with brand-new adventures and a cast of memorable characters, both familiar and new.


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Brystal Evergreen changed the world, but the journey is just beginning... Brystal and her friends have saved the world from the evil Snow Queen and secured worldwide acceptance for the magical community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the academy, the celebrations are cut short. As the witch begins recruiting faeries into her rival school of witchcraft, it b Brystal Evergreen changed the world, but the journey is just beginning... Brystal and her friends have saved the world from the evil Snow Queen and secured worldwide acceptance for the magical community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the academy, the celebrations are cut short. As the witch begins recruiting faeries into her rival school of witchcraft, it becomes clear she has dark intentions. And soon Brystal's friend Lucy becomes embroiled in an ominous plot against mankind. Elsewhere, the fragile peace is on the brink of shattering. Outrage has spread throughout the kingdoms in opposition to the legalization of magic. And, a dangerous and centuries-old clan known as the Righteous Brotherhood has resurfaced, with one goal in mind: to exterminate all magical life forever...starting with Brystal.... The enchanting sequel to the New York Times bestselling A Tale of Magic..., filled with brand-new adventures and a cast of memorable characters, both familiar and new.

30 review for A Tale of Witchcraft...

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    "The only way to fix a curse of the mind is with the mind itself." Chris Colfer's books are a rare example of celebrity books that are absolutely brilliant. So, what's this book about? Brystal and her friends have saved the world from the evil Snow Queen and secured worldwide acceptance for the magical community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the academy, the celebrations are cut short. As the witch begins recruiting faeries into her rival school of witchcraft, it "The only way to fix a curse of the mind is with the mind itself." Chris Colfer's books are a rare example of celebrity books that are absolutely brilliant. So, what's this book about? Brystal and her friends have saved the world from the evil Snow Queen and secured worldwide acceptance for the magical community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the academy, the celebrations are cut short. As the witch begins recruiting faeries into her rival school of witchcraft, it becomes clear she has dЙark intentions. And soon Brystal's friend Lucy becomes embroiled in an ominous plot against mankind. Elsewhere, the fragile peace is on the brink of shattering. Outrage has spread throughout the kingdoms in opposition to the legalization of magic. And, a dangerous and centuries-old clan known as the Righteous Brotherhood has resurfaced, with one goal in mind: to exterminate all magical life forever...starting with Brystal.... We all know how much I loved A Tale of Magic because of its LGBT undertones and allegories that were so expertly done. As much as I loved A Tale of Magic, I loved A Tale of Witchcraft that much more. It dealt with the theme of mental illness, mainly depression. This is a theme that is really close to my heart as depression and anxiety are two things I have dealt with life long. I loved that Chris Colfer was able to take heavy and abstract themes like insecurity, suicide, suicidal ideations, and more in a more concrete and easy to understand way. This is definitely a dark middle-grade book and you should be wary about letting younger kids read it as it does get pretty heavy, especially in the end. That said, it has so many amazing themes that I won't go into because I don't want to spoil and this book is worth a read. So go read it. Overall, this book was heartbreaking and uplifting. Heavy and hopeful and I can't wait to see where this series goes. - - - - - - brilliant. absolutely brilliant. - - - - - - OMG THERE IS A SYNOPSIS AND IT IS AMAZING!!!!! LUCY, BRYSTAL, AND CO ARE GETTING INTO ALL SORTS OF MAGICAL SHENANIGANS SQUEEEEEEEEEE - - - - - - YASSSSS | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  2. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Oh my gosh. That moment where you buy the first book because the cover of the second is so beautiful and your will power is so weak...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ele

    This cover is happiness. True, pure, unadulterated Halloween happiness. With one minor drawback: I have to wait till Halloween???????????

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nikita

    Updated October 12, 2020: A Tale of Witchcraft is exciting, gripping, magical and amazing. Brystal Evergreen and her friends have saved the world from the Snow Queen and began a new one where magic has become accepted in the community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the Academy for Magic, things turn from good to bad. As the witch starts to recruit faeries to her school, the School for Witchcraft, her intentions become clear. Soon Brystal’s friend Lucy becomes involved in a sinis Updated October 12, 2020: A Tale of Witchcraft is exciting, gripping, magical and amazing. Brystal Evergreen and her friends have saved the world from the Snow Queen and began a new one where magic has become accepted in the community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the Academy for Magic, things turn from good to bad. As the witch starts to recruit faeries to her school, the School for Witchcraft, her intentions become clear. Soon Brystal’s friend Lucy becomes involved in a sinister plot against mankind as the fragile peace is on the brink of shattering. Outrage has spread throughout the kingdoms against magic and a dangerous centuries old clan called the Righteous Brotherhood has returned with one mission, to exterminate all magical life, starting with Brystal. A Tale of Witchcraft is filled with magic, action, adventure, shock, betrayal, friendship, and choices. Brystal and her friends, now called the Fairy Council have stopped the Snow Queen from destroying the world and created a new one where magic is accepted improving the lives for both mankind and the magical community. However, Brystal is overwhelmed with her role as Fairy Godmother, all the responsibilities that come with it, and sudden thoughts of doubt and mistrust. When a mysterious witch arrives at the Academy for Magic, hoping to recruit fairies to her school, the School for Witchcraft, Brystal’s mistrust in the witch leads her to further doubt in her own ability. Also, Brystal becomes a target of an ancient clan called the Righteous Brotherhood, who have become outraged by the growing acceptance of magic. When Lucy discovers one of Brystal’s secrets, Lucy decides to leave and join the School for Witchcraft however, discovers a sinister plot against mankind and against Brystal. Brystal and a new friend Seven develop a friendship but discover a plot of the Righteous Brotherhood, only to fall into their trap. Overwhelmed by what and by her emotions, Brystal makes a decision that she hopes will be better for everyone involved. However, Brystal is faced with more shock, discoveries about herself and faced with a deal with Death itself. Lucy brings her discoveries back to the Fairy Council and to the witches only to discover more shocking discoveries. Lucy and friends join together to save Brystal and to stop the Righteous Brotherhood before their plan is unleashed upon the world. Choices are made, sides are chosen, and truths are discovered as war and loss of hope threatens to destroy them all. Brystal remains a good character and I love her. She tries to do the right thing for everyone even if she ends up carrying the burden. Lucy is great, she has a good heart and tries but she really acts before really thinking things first. Seven is sweet and accepting to Brystal however I was shocked by the ending. The students of the school for witchcraft are fun and interesting each with a unique personality. Overall A Tale of Witchcraft was amazing. Chris Colfer is great. I just love his books. They are so creative and I’m immediately drawn into the books. Characters remain great, plot is awesome, story is gripping and everything is just magical. I love the few references that were tied to the Land of Stories. The ending left with questions that I must know and I also wonder if the next book will connect more to the timeline to the Land of Stories. I can’t wait to see what comes next. Updated Feb. 7, 2020:

  5. 5 out of 5

    Éadaoin

    I NEED THIS. 😭

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie {Liz S.} Stone

    OOHHHHHHHHH I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I finished it from start to finish today and using math that I read two pages a minute for this book, I know it only took me 3-4 hrs to read it. But I did take breaks to eat and such so actual life it took me longer but I still started and finished it today!!! Now let me get onto my book because I just rambled there haha. So let's start with awwwwww Seven, you're such a sweet guy. How I liked you so much when I met you... (view spoiler)[ BUT THEN YOU HAD TO OOHHHHHHHHH I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I finished it from start to finish today and using math that I read two pages a minute for this book, I know it only took me 3-4 hrs to read it. But I did take breaks to eat and such so actual life it took me longer but I still started and finished it today!!! Now let me get onto my book because I just rambled there haha. So let's start with awwwwww Seven, you're such a sweet guy. How I liked you so much when I met you... (view spoiler)[ BUT THEN YOU HAD TO BE THE RIGHTEOUS KING! SERIOUSLY!?!?!?!?! I actually liked you and thought you were good for BRYSTAL! BUT NO YOU HAD TO GO AND BE AN EVIL SCHEMING BRAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IS IT A LIE THAT YOU ACTUALLY LIKE TO READ? PLEASE TELL ME NO! BUT I GUESS I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED ANYMORE BECAUSE YOU BETRAYED MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS! YOU WERE THE ONLY HELPING BRYSTAL OUT OF HER DEPRESSION SO I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOOD BUT NOOOOOOOO THAT WAS ALL A LIE! A STUPID LIE!!!!!!!!! YOU USED TRICKERY WHY! BECAUSE YOUR POWER HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wouldn't have minded it if Prince Max was the righteous king, but nooooooooooooooo it had to be you! Sorry about that to anyone who is reading this, I just had to scream at Seven because he is such a jerk! Now onto different parts. Lucy how could you join Reavencrest???? I guess it turned out well in the end but STILL doing witchcraft? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! As you can tell, I'm screaming at all the characters and you'll see if you read the book. (hide spoiler)] For those of you who read that spoiler, you know how much I screamed, and good job for you to read that. I completely recommend the book. I've seen those memes where you read a book and it shows that the reader screams and throws the book at the wall and then recommends it to a friend. That's what I'm doing right now haha. But I love the book still! READ IT! Oh and nice job for reading and sitting through my whole review of this book haha.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nyah Pelke

    Colfer is amazing! This needs to come out now!!!!! If this is anything like the first, I won't be able to put it down!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Book Hugger

    ANOTHER ONE!? (does happy dance in my head because I don’t have one) WHEN WILL THIS COME OUT!? And since the last one was fairies, will this one have to do with witches? Like the beginning of those horrible witches in The Land Of Stories?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Raven Hunden

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love this book

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was AMAZING! I love the specialties that the witches have because they are so creative and unique. But let me just get this out. WHY DID SEVEN HAVE TO BETRAY BRYSTAL!?!? He was so perfect for her..... or so we think. Did Seven even like The Tales of Tidbit Twitch? Anyway, I liked how some of the book was from Lucy’s perspective, and that we could read (hear?) her inner thoughts. Also, no wonder she doesn’t fit in with the fairies, because SHE’S A WITCH! But I have no problem with that. This book was AMAZING! I love the specialties that the witches have because they are so creative and unique. But let me just get this out. WHY DID SEVEN HAVE TO BETRAY BRYSTAL!?!? He was so perfect for her..... or so we think. Did Seven even like The Tales of Tidbit Twitch? Anyway, I liked how some of the book was from Lucy’s perspective, and that we could read (hear?) her inner thoughts. Also, no wonder she doesn’t fit in with the fairies, because SHE’S A WITCH! But I have no problem with that. I mean, Stitches, Sprout, and Beebee are all witches. I kind of predicted that Mistress Mara had some scheme going on, and at first I thought that the other witches were in on it (not including Pip). I do think it was a BIT weird that the witches guessed that Mistress Mara was the Daughter of Death and then they just HAPPENED to be right... But it was kind of cool that BRYSTAL got to the space in between life and death. And OMG Brystal is The Fairy Godmother (like, the one from The Land of Stories series)! I was kind of thinking that through A Tale of Magic... but I was also kind of like... “Does that time line really fit?” Also, I feel like they mentioned TFG’s real name in the main series but when I think back I guess not. And I was very confuzzled about the timeline part so I looked it up and I guess TFG is 150 yrs. old in The Land of Stories... GOD that’s old. I do kind of wish they had said something about like, WHO Brystal ends up marrying, you know? Like, who Alex and Conner’s grandfather is? Maybe in the next book because... YES! The book left off on a cliffhanger! Ok well that’s the end of the review thanks for reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I AM LITERALLY CRYING RIGHT NOW!!! OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED!!! THIS SURPASSES EVERYTHING!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! THIS IS OUTSTANDING!!! HOLLY GOD!!!! THIS WAS EVERYTHING!!! I AM SCREAMING!!! THAT ENDING HAD ME DYING!!!! Info book 1: Fairy Godmother,” he announced. “Her real name is Brystal Evergreen, and she was a criminal from Chariot Hills! Last year she was arrested for female literacy and conjuring magic! She should have been executed for her crimes, but Brystal Evergreen was spared because of I AM LITERALLY CRYING RIGHT NOW!!! OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED!!! THIS SURPASSES EVERYTHING!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! THIS IS OUTSTANDING!!! HOLLY GOD!!!! THIS WAS EVERYTHING!!! I AM SCREAMING!!! THAT ENDING HAD ME DYING!!!! Info book 1: Fairy Godmother,” he announced. “Her real name is Brystal Evergreen, and she was a criminal from Chariot Hills! Last year she was arrested for female literacy and conjuring magic! She should have been executed for her crimes, but Brystal Evergreen was spared because of her father, Justice Evergreen. The Justice used his connections to lessen her punishment, and instead of death, she was sentenced to hard labor at the Bootstrap Correctional Facility for Troubled Young Women. But Brystal Evergreen was only there for a couple of weeks before she escaped! She fled to the southeast In-Between and joined a magical coven of fairies! She’s lived there ever since, developing her magical abilities with other fairies like her.” -The last time Brystal saw her brothers, Brooks and Barrie, she narrowly missed being executed on a courtroom floor. The last time she saw her father, Justice Evergreen, Brystal humiliated him in front of all the Justices in the Southern Kingdom. And the last time she saw her mother, Mrs. Evergreen, Brystal was told to leave home and find a better life Madame Weatherberry thought the only way the fairies could get the world’s acceptance was to create a problem that only the fairies could solve. She turned herself into a villain so her students could be the heroes. Our story starts with a mysterious society called the Righteous brotherhood: For generations, the principles and responsibilities of this Brotherhood have been passed down from father to eldest son in three hundred and thirty-three of the Southern Kingdom’s finest families. And on our fathers’ deathbeds, we each swore an oath to devote our entire existence—this lifetime, and whatever lies beyond it—to protecting and upholding our Righteous Philosophy.” The High Commander gestured a hand to the Brotherhood, and they passionately recited the Righteous Philosophy in perfect unison: “Mankind was meant to rule, and men to rule mankind.” -Commander continued. “Our ancestors carried out a plan to put King Champion I on the throne of the Southern Kingdom. And then they surrounded the young king with an advisory council of High Justices, who were under the Brotherhood’s control. Soon the Righteous Philosophy became the foundation of the mightiest kingdom on earth. The talking creatures were ostracized and stripped of rights, women were legally banned from reading books, as there were seen as the 'weaker' sex and magic became a criminal offense punishable by death for 600 years. -Brystal has brought magic back to the in-between and broadened madame Weatherberry's magical academy and woman/girls are allowed to read and have education!!! She and the fairy council travel the world to help people in all the kingdom -the righteous Brotherhood is going to KILL HER!!! to bring back their old Philosophy and ban magic once and for all!!! -in the Western kingdom, the Dam has collapsed!!! Through a letter the king asked for help. The council arrived and the people all love and adore them (before, they wanted fairies dead!!!) -brystal mended the dam with her wand but one councilmemeber/ friend Lucy wanted to gave the people a show, so she accidentally BROKE THE DAM AGAIN!!! but saved them too through an enchanted piano landslide - Brystal has a hard time dealing with all the fame, attention and adoration and is afraid it won't last, dark thoughts are tormenting her and the pressure is too much. Lucy blamed her for not giving the people a show and Brystal suspended her from the council! -she meets 8 year old Pip (her friend in the Bootstrap Correctional Facility) she tells pip: The world knows and loves me for a quality I used to hide and hate myself for,” she said. “And even though I know I have nothing to fear or be ashamed of, deep down, I’m still carrying that fear and shame with me. " -brystal got an invitation for her brother's Barrie's wedding!!! -emotional scene with her mother: it was— a horrible place . I didn’t think it was possible to change it. But then something amazing happened—someone came along and showed me nothing was impossible.” “Who?” Brystal asked. “ You , sweetheart,” Mrs. Evergreen said. “I thought, If my daughter can change the whole world, then I can make changes, too. Without your example, I would never have had the courage to stand up to your father. So in many ways, you did save me. And not just me—you’ve inspired thousands of other people to improve their lives, too. I hope you know how special that is.” Her older brother Brook tells her about prince Maximus who is next in line. He believes in the old ways and forms a threat to Brystal's legalisation!!!! (He is the new leader of the Brotherhood!!!!) -meets prince Gallivant (nickname Seven), the seventh son of Maximus and she has a CRUSH ON HIM!!! SOO CUTE After the vows: AN ATTACK FROM THE BROTHERHOOD!!! Seven took an ARROW for Brystal!!! She and the council ask Msr Vee about it- tells about the 333 clan -A mysterious carrgae barged into the academy with WITCHES IN IT!!! Mistress Mara and her 4 students want to recruit Brystal's students!!! Only PIP crosses over!!!! Everything Mistress Mara said about being different is exactly how I’ve been feeling—I’ve just never been able to explain why. Maybe the reason I feel so empty all the time is because I’m in the wrong place? Maybe I belong with the witches?” -sad scene for Brystal!!!! -Brystal goes to the north to the mountains to ask Madame Weatherberry for asvice- she finds the snow Queen trapped in ice: Madame has split herself into the snow queen and a Panthom of herself, to keep the snow squeen/evil side, locked up and blinded her. -she says:Just like the weather, people have seasons, too—we all go through periods of rain and sunshine—but we can’t let a particularly rough winter destroy our faith in the spring, otherwise we’ll always be stuck in the snow.” Such an inspirational scene!!!! -Lucy has followed her!!! She feels betrayed and leaves her by collapsing the mountain!!!! -lucy goes to RAVENCREST ACADEMY!!!! SHE'S GOING TO JOIN THE WITCHES!!! -meets Sprout, Hareiet, Beebee, and Stitches, they become her friends. Lucy has to finish her examination in order to enlist in the school -lucy was led by Old Ballie the goat illustration to Mara's studyroom, Hareiet told the Mistress, but was punished instead: SHE TRANSFORMS INTO A LYNX FOR 100 YEARS!! -pip and Lucy succeed the exams (they had to curse the people who did them wrong, Pip cursed the leaders of the bootstrap and Lucy the bodyshaming ballerinas into swans) Lucy accidentally eavesdropped on a conversation with the witch and a mysterious man with a ramskull masker (the one horned) they have an ALLIANCE!!! You do your part, I’ll do mine, and by this time next week, you and I will be unstoppable. King Champion XIV will be gone, the Fairy Godmother will be dead, and mankind will finally be held accountable for what they’ve done to us.” OMG!!! Lucy is going to stay at the Academy and discover what mara is up to!!! The enrolment ceremony: creepy ritual!!! they are being welcomed into the school and got their own necklace which hides there true identity. But the witch CURSED LUCY!!! -meanwhile: Brystal's thoughts are getting darker and darker, only an invitation from Seven gets her out of her office: they have an ADORABLE DATE!!! THEY ARE SOOO CUTE OMG!!! -suddenly they see a clansman!!! Brystal and seven follow him to the fortress and disguise themselves as clanmembers!!! Brystal goes to the meeting: the Brotherhood is furious with the king, because he didn't kill her at the wedding, but that was his plan al along, he wants to make her look weak to the public, so she loses her allies and then they are going to destroy her and isntal their Philosophy!!! -Brystal and seven go warn his father, but HE IS KILLED!!! Then Maximus BLAMES THE KING'S DEATH ON BRYSTAL!!!! seven begs her to leave him!! EMOTIONAL SCENE!!! -Lucy wakes up 'Beautiful' but she doesn't trust Mistress mara- she goes to Fairy territory: she and the council discover she is CURSED!!! Also Mistress Mara installed Ravencrest to search for a HOST FOR THE SHADOW BEAST!!! - a shadow beast curse: to enhance a witches power, the beast takes his host and then kills it!!!! They find the cure in that same book, Lucy blows up like a balloon and the monster leaves her!!! -Brystal fleed to the academy and asks Emerada to be her succeser, she has lost all hope and is completely devastated!!!! -the council and Lucy found out Mara CURSED BRYSTAL TOO!!! THE POISONS THOUGHTS WERE THE CURSE!!!! She surrenders and beholds a TERRIFYING ORDEAL: ALL 5 SONS ARE DEAD!!!! BUT A SIXTH TOO: KING MAXIMUS!!! WHAT THE HELL!!! HOW IS THAT. POSSIBLE!!! The Righteous king reveals himself... IT IS FREAKING SEVEN!!! HOW IN THE WORLD!!! I SCREAMED SO HARD!!! BIGGEST PLOTTWIST EVER!!!! Apparently he has so much hate in himself, he wants power and is seventh in line, so he KILLED THEM ALL!!!! -then Mistress Mara APPEARS!!! OMG WHAT!!!! She had the shadow beast!!!! the beast and her magic RAISE THE 999 DEAD MEN!!! OMFG I WAS SOO SCARED!!! THIS IS MADNESS!!! -after, seven SHOOTS AN ARROW AND KILLS MARA!!! WHAT THE!!! WHY!!!! HE PLAYED HIS OWN GAME !!! -His plan: I will claim the throne, and thanks to my invincible new soldiers, I will be the most powerful sovereign the world has ever known. My army Righteous Army of the Dead!” will expand the borders of my kingdom until every inch of this planet is under my control. We will turn this world into one glorious Righteous Empire, and we’ll destroy anything or anyone that stands in our way. world domination and obliterating all species that threaten us! THIS CHILD IS 16!!!! HE HAS LOST HIS FREAKING MIND!!! PANDEMONIUM!!!! - brystal is killed!!!!!! -in the between she finds clocks in trees, Mistress mara tells her she is the daughter of death!!!! “Death sent his daughter to earth, hoping the separation would help him understand human grief. Unfortunately for him, she found a way to stay on earth and live forever. The two never reunited and Death entered a state of eternal mourning.” -she confesses about her curse, and she joined the Seveb because she has lost so many and wanted revenge for all the mate mankind inflicted on the magical community. -Death is taking Brystal!!! Mara takes her place and Brystal makes a deal aith death: She has exactly one year to find and kill the Immortal with an ancient enchantment, and if time permitted, she could use the same enchantment to destroy the Righteous Army of the Dead.... WOW -she goes back to the living and Mara and death are reunite at last!!! -by trying to get out her grave, Brystal finds her inner strength, courage and power back and breaks free of the chains of her own mind 'fight the mind with the mind' INSPIRATIONAL SCENE!!!! -Lucy, the faries and the witches has come to he aid and fight the Brotherhood and the army of the dead!!!! -when all seems lost, MRS VEE APPEARS WITH AN ARMY OF KITCHEN UTENSILS!!! HILARIOUS SCENE!!!! they all escape and Seven swore revenge and destruction!!! But brystal doesn't let anything stop her: "we’re going to starve whatever misery they try to cause us. We’re going to fight sadness with laughter, we’re going to fight loneliness with friendship, we’re going to fight anger with gratitude, and we’re going to fight fear with hope. Because as long as we keep fighting, and as long as we keep our hope alive—the Brotherhood won’t stand a chance.” I HAVE NO WORDS... THIS WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carey

    Happy Pub Day to A Tale of Witchcraft! This is New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Colfer’s 2nd book in The Tale of Magic series. Brystal Evergreen attempts to keeps peace while the evil Righteous Brotherhood Clan threatens the peaceful kingdom. As in the first book, she has plenty of help from delightful fairies Tangerina, Skylene, Xanthous, Emerelda, and the beloved Madame Weatherby. Along the way Brystal struggles as her self-doubt pressures her to be something she’s not. She would rathe Happy Pub Day to A Tale of Witchcraft! This is New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Colfer’s 2nd book in The Tale of Magic series. Brystal Evergreen attempts to keeps peace while the evil Righteous Brotherhood Clan threatens the peaceful kingdom. As in the first book, she has plenty of help from delightful fairies Tangerina, Skylene, Xanthous, Emerelda, and the beloved Madame Weatherby. Along the way Brystal struggles as her self-doubt pressures her to be something she’s not. She would rather be a more unconventional faerie and, for instance, wear pantsuits instead of dresses, as expected. An unpredictable series of events places Lucy Goose into Mistress Mara’s Ravencrest School of Witchcraft where she joins fellow students Sprout, Stitches, Beebee, Hareiet, and Pip and their antics cracked me up! I loved these funny characters and found myself laughing out loud. Chris skillfully weaves the need for acceptance and equality into his story, as he informs the reader by example to be kind and understanding in today’s harshness of racism, discrimination, hate, patriarchy, and oppression. 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. There are lessons in this book that will refresh our awareness of the world around us. “Spend time with people who make you laugh and distract you from your troubles. Nourish your soul and hopefully the mind will follow.” ~Madam Weatherby NUGGET GAINED: If you need help, ask for it! Thank you Chris Colfer and Little, Brown and Company for the advanced reader copy!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    Love everything Chris Colfer writes. Even better when I can listen to him narrate it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aarja

    Ahhhhh the cover!! Man, I need it RIGHT NOW! AHHH It just came out yesterday, and I am betting I'll die if I don't get it. I just read the sample, and I love it so much! I am going to build my profile so I get my hands on the third one as soon as possible! (as an ARC). AHHHHHH

  15. 4 out of 5

    XOX

    Brystal is the fairy godmother, and running a school for fairies. She has accomplished much by legalizing magic and promoting education for girls. She is also haunted by negativity. They sound like loud inner voice that criticized her in every turn and act as the world is better without her. Brystal dark mood didn't improved with her best friend Lucy has made a mistake that put people lives at risk. So Lucy was kicked out of the fairy council. A army of anti-magic anti-women hate group called the Brystal is the fairy godmother, and running a school for fairies. She has accomplished much by legalizing magic and promoting education for girls. She is also haunted by negativity. They sound like loud inner voice that criticized her in every turn and act as the world is better without her. Brystal dark mood didn't improved with her best friend Lucy has made a mistake that put people lives at risk. So Lucy was kicked out of the fairy council. A army of anti-magic anti-women hate group called the Righteous Brotherhood. A group of sexist jerk that passed on this anti-equality tradition from father to elder son. This is like many of the mono deity religion exist, all of them them stink of sexism and bullshit no matter how many song of love their followers want to cover them up. it still stink of the same shit. The clever way of reflecting on how the sexists have harbored hatred to people they don't even know based on some bullshit tradition passed on from their parents is spot on. Lucy has a separate adventure when she temporary joined the school of witchcraft that learned about how to be selfish mean girls. Of course she come to her sense after she found out that she was cursed. Another side story of Brystal having a love interest, a prince nickname Seven. Saying all the right things. When I first read this, I thought this is an unfortunate name for the good guy as Seven men being stupid jerk in Cantonese. Well, I don't feel as bad for him now. Overall, a very good read. There is an unfinished subplot that we have to wait for the next book to know what's what. 5 stars read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elinor Loredan

    Again, Colfer astounds me with his creativity and ability to pull me into a world that is both magical and similar to my own world. Although this book, like Colfer's others, has plenty of darkness, danger, and loss, it still uplifts and inspires me because ultimately light and love win. I always relate to at least some part of every Colfer character, and this story bring no exceptions. As usual: Chris, hurry up with the next one! I become annoyed when Colfer tries to integrate current issues from Again, Colfer astounds me with his creativity and ability to pull me into a world that is both magical and similar to my own world. Although this book, like Colfer's others, has plenty of darkness, danger, and loss, it still uplifts and inspires me because ultimately light and love win. I always relate to at least some part of every Colfer character, and this story bring no exceptions. As usual: Chris, hurry up with the next one! I become annoyed when Colfer tries to integrate current issues from the "real" world, because I get enough of the real world in my own life. I don't need it in a fantasy book too. However, luckily in this book that aspect did not overwhelm everything else. SLIGHT SPOILERS -I love what Colfer does with Death as a character. Colfer comes up with awesome explanations of the world such as death and sickness being part of Death's efforts to regain his daughter. I also love that Death starts out as a light-hearted character, because, particularly as a Christian, I do not see why Death personified has to be scary and dark. -One mark of a skilled writer is making me feel what the characters do. When Brystal discovers who Seven really is, I feel the same betrayal and loss that she does. Experiencing events and emotions along with the characters is a major part of a book's impact on me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Griffin

    This book definitely went in directions I was not expecting in the slightest but man, it was good. Brystal is a great protagonist for this series and I cannot wait to see what else happens with her story. Also, the whole storyline with the new character Mistress Mara was surprising and so entertaining. I want to say so much about that but I don't want to spoil it for anyone that didn't read the book. I really like the fact that Chris brings in issues that people have to deal with in our world to This book definitely went in directions I was not expecting in the slightest but man, it was good. Brystal is a great protagonist for this series and I cannot wait to see what else happens with her story. Also, the whole storyline with the new character Mistress Mara was surprising and so entertaining. I want to say so much about that but I don't want to spoil it for anyone that didn't read the book. I really like the fact that Chris brings in issues that people have to deal with in our world today and makes them accessible. All of his books have real-world issues that I believe will help children greatly. Sometimes, I wish I could have grown up with these books myself. Though I believe anyone can enjoy his books, no matter your age. There is a quote in the book on page 159 that really spoke to me for many reasons. "Misery is like an animal, it needs food to survive- so starve it. Surround yourself with art and beauty that brightens your darkest days. Listen to music and poetry that always fill the cracks of your broken heart. Read quotes and passages that can soothe and motivate you when you feel the most discouraged. Spend time with people who make you laugh and distract you from your troubles. Nourish your soul and hopefully, the mind will follow. However, if you find you can't help yourself, there's no shame in asking others for help. Sometimes asking for help is just as heroic as giving it." This is just a beautiful sentiment that really makes you think. It's just one of the many gems in this book, that I'm glad children will get the chance to read. Loved the nods to the original series also. This was a wonderful book that I highly recommend to new and returning readers of Chris.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Isabella (The Feminist Bookworm)

    This is the first book in the Land of Stories series I've given a rating other than 5 stars. I just felt this was kind of... bland? I wasn't super invested until the end, and I wanted more origin stories from major players in the original series. I am excited for the next book, as the seeds were planted for the subject of the next book, and I am definitely intrigued! I do still love this series and this world, though I don't think this prequel series will ever live up to the original series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Rose

    ALL THE STARS!! Anyone who knows me knows that The Land of Stories is one of my top favorite series ever! Now, the prequel series is up there too! I started A Tale of Witchcraft yesterday morning and read all but the last 100 pages yesterday. I couldn’t put it down! The only reason why I didn’t finish it all in one day was because I had to be up for work early this morning so I went to bed early. I found myself getting up for work even earlier than usual just to see what happened. I read 80 of t ALL THE STARS!! Anyone who knows me knows that The Land of Stories is one of my top favorite series ever! Now, the prequel series is up there too! I started A Tale of Witchcraft yesterday morning and read all but the last 100 pages yesterday. I couldn’t put it down! The only reason why I didn’t finish it all in one day was because I had to be up for work early this morning so I went to bed early. I found myself getting up for work even earlier than usual just to see what happened. I read 80 of the last 100 pages before work and knocked out the rest when I got home. I absolutely loved this book! It’s everything I wanted and more! Looks like the next book will be very exciting!!!! I can’t wait to read more of this series!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I loved the book! It is for anybody of any age, above 8. It talks about friendships and unfair people. I liked it because it shows the character's journeys as people.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Again, I love this new part of The Land of Stories!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    Very, very good book!!! My FAVORITE series!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Indigo Burnam

    Cookbooks book

  24. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    OMG NEED NOW!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Zhenmei

    I want to now release it during before my birthday on May 4th!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah (↼_↼)

    hmmmmm interesting. My devotion to the original series just might stretch far enough for this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Spencer Soria

    Hmmm. While I did enjoy this book a lot, there were a lot of problems to it that I just can't ignore. Among the Land of Stories books, excluding the spinoffs, this was probably the worst one yet. While this is a middle-grade book and the series (TLOS included) definitely has a Disney-ish cartoonish vibe to it, I couldn't help but feel like this book was a step backward in terms of the writing. In TLOS, the first book felt like it was written by a 13-year old, which from Colfer's interviews, it p Hmmm. While I did enjoy this book a lot, there were a lot of problems to it that I just can't ignore. Among the Land of Stories books, excluding the spinoffs, this was probably the worst one yet. While this is a middle-grade book and the series (TLOS included) definitely has a Disney-ish cartoonish vibe to it, I couldn't help but feel like this book was a step backward in terms of the writing. In TLOS, the first book felt like it was written by a 13-year old, which from Colfer's interviews, it practically was, so it was forgivable especially with the remarkable quality and heart of its story. We've seen Colfer's writing progress dramatically as the series progressed and he has been consistent in that regard until A Tale of Magic... But this one just feels like we're back to square one. We're back to a cartoonish story with childish, almost ridiculous humor, and all-too-familiar tropes. It felt like Colfer grabbed scenes from all of his favorite Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks films and shoved them into the mess that is this book. I just wanted to see some growth and improvement to Colfer's writing, and as much as I hate to say this, this book just felt like he's now just milking this franchise for all its worth. Add to the fact that there is still an unnecessary abundance of italicized words and use of the word "dived". I was forgiving of these faults for the past 7 books, but now it's starting to get to me. My take? Either Colfer needs to up his game or his editor does. The whole plot twist, which most people probably would have seen coming, I didn't and the effect was...well, it made me angry to say the least. I don't know if that's because Colfer set everything up so well for us to hate this character, but I just felt cheated. I LOVED this character so much and hated the turn of events that happened to them. (view spoiler)[ I WAS HOPING TO FIND OUT THAT SEVEN WAS JOHN LATER ON, OR AT LEAST AN OLD LOVE INTEREST THAT ENDED SADLY, BUT NO. This reminds me of how I felt about Rook's arc in TLOS. I HATED how he was portrayed to be a jerk when he was only trying to do the right thing. And now I hate how much we've been invested in Seven only to find out he was a jerk. Can't we have a good committed love interest that's portrayed positively for once? And no, don't get me started on Arthur because that annoying dude came out of nowhere and I hated him. (hide spoiler)] There was also an info dump and a pep talk dump at the end, neither of which I liked. I was like, "Now Chris Colfer is just acting desperate." It really felt like he put off writing this book for a while and tried to finish the second half in a week. (view spoiler)[ I have a theory though that Mrs. Vee is the Immortal. I mean, Vee? Vee-llain?? Also she came out of nowhere so her backstory is bound to be interesting. (hide spoiler)] I also can't ignore the fact that in A Tale of Magic and for most of this book, Pip's specialty was her flexibility and stretchiness, but all of a sudden in the final battle, all she uses out of nowhere is the ability to power stinky fart her enemies?? WHAT?!! Did Colfer forget the power he assigned his own character? Did he accidentally switch character profiles for Pip with one of the pirates in Starboardia?? A few other problems. I appreciated Colfer's attempt to have some semblance to mental health issues in this story, but portraying mental illness as almost a separate entity from the person is a little problematic. Depression isn't a separate entity from those who experience it. Also, I personally found it triggering to read the voice in Brystal's head. At one point I genuinely found myself repeating the negative thoughts to myself so fair warning for my folks out there who experience depression or anxiety, this may not be the book for you. Another couple problems is the undeniable air of anti-male feminism in this book. TLOS did a spectacular job at being feminist in the truest sense of the word, equality between men and women, but this one felt very anti-male. It also felt very anti-religion/faith which I don't appreciate. I know this isn't supposed to be a deep story, but if Colfer is going to go where he's going with the parallels of LGBTQ rights and the often hostile attitude of Christians towards it, he needs to do his research on the religious perspective of it to more accurately portray the complexities of the issue. I'd like to see a positive traditionalist character in this story, maybe Brooks can follow that arc later on. We don't fight inequality by putting others down, and that includes people of religion. Another nitpicky thing: the use of the word dam and witchy are so obviously their swear word counterparts, so to parents of younger readers, just be aware of that. Overall, I still enjoyed this book, but I can't pretend to ignore the multiple blunders Colfer commits in it anymore.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sophie T

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay, so here's my practice attempt at writing a long, detailed review... I'll just start by saying that I read this a LOT faster than I thought I would. Maybe because the print was big? Anyway, I didn't enjoy this one as much as other books in the Land of Stories universe, but overall I still liked it. Here's my thoughts on each part of the story... PLOT This was the best part. The pacing was a little bit rushed at times, but the twists and turns were really well-written, especially the big reveal Okay, so here's my practice attempt at writing a long, detailed review... I'll just start by saying that I read this a LOT faster than I thought I would. Maybe because the print was big? Anyway, I didn't enjoy this one as much as other books in the Land of Stories universe, but overall I still liked it. Here's my thoughts on each part of the story... PLOT This was the best part. The pacing was a little bit rushed at times, but the twists and turns were really well-written, especially the big reveals at the end. The story jumps between Brystal and Lucy's POVs, with Brystal trying to run the Fairy Council in the Fairy Territories and Lucy going undercover to a school of witches to try to find out more about the sinister plot brewing inside. Overall I would rate the plot 4.5 out of 5 stars. CHARACTERS I'll write about each character separately: BRYSTAL I liked how Brystal's storyline with the curse and her mental health was written, but as a character she just seems kind of...bland, I guess? She's kind of like an Alex Bailey 2.0 (or 1.0, considering she grows up to be her grandma) and she has a good arc in this book, but I didn't enjoy reading from her POV as much as I enjoyed reading from Lucy's. I still like her, but I think she is just a little too similar to Alex from the original Land of Stories... LUCY Lucy is definitely my favorite of the characters. She's so fun to read about, and totally unlike any of the other characters in the book. (Her iconic "IT'S GOO-SAY!!" line whenever someone mispronounces her last name is something I wish was included in the main Land of Stories series!) It was cool to see her plot with going undercover at a witch school, especially because everyone thought she was a witch in the first book. I loved her funny lines and can't wait to see where she goes next. SEVEN (SPOILER ALERT!!!) WHY, SEVEN, WHY??? Why did you have to be the Righteous King? My brother clued me into the fact that there was more to Seven than meets the eye, and so I kind of guessed the plot twist, but that didn't make it any more shocking. Plot twist aside, it was crazy to see how he masterminded the entire plot, made Brystal fall in love with him, and then betrayed her. (Was I the only one who was reminded of Hans from Frozen?) He's definitely going to be a big villain in the next book. (Also... I should have known Seven was a false lead from the moment we heard his full name. We all know that Brystal is going to grow up to be the grandmother of the Bailey twins. I should have figured it out the moment I knew his last name wasn't Bailey...) MISTRESS MARA Now here's a character with a really intriguing plotline. She was a villain, but not completely evil. It wasn't too surprising when it was revealed that she was the Daughter of Death, but her sacrifice at the end totally redeemed her. She's the kind of morally ambiguous character who will always keep you guessing, and I hope we will see more of her in the next books (although we probably won't). THE OTHER CHARACTERS -Madame Weatherberry's return! Even if it was only for a chapter. She should be- and kind of is- Brystal's therapist. -The fairies and the witches contrasted each other so perfectly. It was really funny to see the witches' personalities (what happened to Stitches to make her so creepy?) -Brystal's family (except her dad, he's terrible) is fun to read about too. Especially Brooks- could he be any more dramatic? Overall, I would rate the characters 4 out of 5 stars. WRITING This... might have been the weak point, and the reason why I didn't enjoy it as much as the other Land of Stories books. It still had the same magic as the first book, but there were times when it got a little cheesy. Also, can we talk about Chris Colfer's overuse of italics in this book? It seemed like every other sentence was italicized. Overall, I would rate the writing 3.5 stars. PLOT: 4.5 STARS CHARACTERS: 4 STARS WRITING: 3.5 STARS OVERALL: 4 STARS I recommend this book to fans of the original Land of Stories series (just make sure you read the first book first!)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    A Tale of Witchcraft is the second novel in a new series by Chris Colfer. Having heard so many positive things about his writing, I was eager to see for myself and I was not disappointed. Yes, on the surface it appears as a simple tale of good versus evil. However, aimed at a younger audience, Chris really hits the mark about feelings, particularly sad or anxious ones, and that both can be a normal part of life. ‘Happiness is difficult for me at the moment,” she confessed. “Don’t get me wrong, I A Tale of Witchcraft is the second novel in a new series by Chris Colfer. Having heard so many positive things about his writing, I was eager to see for myself and I was not disappointed. Yes, on the surface it appears as a simple tale of good versus evil. However, aimed at a younger audience, Chris really hits the mark about feelings, particularly sad or anxious ones, and that both can be a normal part of life. ‘Happiness is difficult for me at the moment,” she confessed. “Don’t get me wrong, I want to be happy. There is so much to be grateful for, but for some reason, I can’t stop having negative thoughts about everything.’ At its heart this book is all about informing young readers that it is okay to feel down or depressed. It tackles these seemingly adult issues in a very relatable way for a younger audience. Just enough information for their ‘aha’ moment to occur. Chris’s creativity and ability to do that is impressive. To create this magical world yet make it relatable to the everyday with the inclusion of many relatable themes and morals. He hits the right balance between sharing the dark and scary moments with light and laughter. ‘Changing hearts and minds is never easy, especially our own,' Madame Weatherberry said. “Sometimes, changing how we think and feel are the most difficult transformations a person can make. It takes time and effort like nothing else. You have to discipline your thoughts before they dictate your mood. You have to control your reactions before your reactions control you.’ The plot itself had so much action and adventure, it was non stop from the start. That is great for engaging young readers. It is fun, fast paced with a great selection of relatable characters and fabulous world building. I also have to comment on the cover - simply stunning! There is even a section at the end with omitted chapter header illustrations and explanations. Here Chris explains and recalls how some were too ‘dark’ to be included for middle graders. His explanation of excluded scenes provided a fascinating insight into both his reasoning and thought process. I loved it. ‘Everything seems unfair when you measure it with the wrong tools,” Mistress Mara said. “Life isn’t supposed to be measured by time, by luck, or by privilege. Life is supposed to be measured by purpose. Everyone is born with a purpose whether they choose to believe it or not. Some are meant to learn lessons, some are meant to teach them, while others are simply meant to observe. Naturally, a lot of people resent life when their purpose isn’t easy or when it doesn’t match their hopes and dreams but no one leaves the world without completing exactly what they were meant to do. That’s the rule of life.’ The finesse of this author to cleverly portray themes such as equality, acceptance and kindness in a magical yet relatable story is a sure fire winner. Although written for middle graders, ‘children’ of all ages will both enjoy and appreciate this story. There are lessons to be learnt and it is not just for the young. A refreshing book and highly recommended for a younger audience. ‘Lucy, do you vow to always live authentically, do you promise to never compromise your potential, and do you swear to never suppress your true feelings, no matter what approval, popularity, or affection you may receive in return?’ This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shivantika

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. THAT WAS SPELLBINDING. I wasn't sure how Chris Colfer was going to stretch the storyline past the satisfying ending in A Tale of Magic, but he did, and more. His writing style is so pure and honest - I don't think anyone else could write like that. It's kept me in awe ever since I was seven years old and sat down to read The Wishing Spell, and it makes me so excited for how much this universe will expand. The characters, as always, were the heart of the story, and I grew to love them even more in THAT WAS SPELLBINDING. I wasn't sure how Chris Colfer was going to stretch the storyline past the satisfying ending in A Tale of Magic, but he did, and more. His writing style is so pure and honest - I don't think anyone else could write like that. It's kept me in awe ever since I was seven years old and sat down to read The Wishing Spell, and it makes me so excited for how much this universe will expand. The characters, as always, were the heart of the story, and I grew to love them even more in this sequel. Brystal was such a relatable, headstrong, compassionate main character, and some of her actions bring be back to her good "old" days, where I'd go, "Aha! That's where it came from!" I also really appreciated how she shined a light on mental illness and depression, though some of her negative thoughts really broke my heart. Lucy was great too, though she made some... Questionable decisions, but I loved her humour, and I'm interested to see her transition to mother goose. The other fairies weren't featured very much, but I really hope to see more of them, especially Xanthous, who was adorable in the last book. I also found Mara and the witches fun. And... The plot twists. Where do I begin? First of all, I feel compelled to throttle Seven. Though I didn't really like him in the beginning, I thought Brystal and him were cute and I just wanted her to be happy for once....BUT THEN HE HAD TO RUIN EVERYTHING?????? AARGHGHFCGHVGHNVFG Anyway, the whole Death's daughter thing was brilliant, so it kept my head away from that. For a bit, at least. Oh! And how could I forget! My favourite scene was when Brystal and Mara were in between life and death, and they showed those trees of people Brystal had met or would meet! AND. THERE WERE ALEX AND CONNER'S NANES IN THERE! I almost shrieked while reading. So, all in all: This does not disappoint. This is an inspiring book with so many beautiful messages and twists and everything, and please read it. And book me an appointment with the Bailey twins while you're at it, because I freaking MISS THEM and it's been three years.

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