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...

Paperback, 496 pages
Published on August 4, 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316523518
ISBN-13: 9780316523516
14 Book Reviews
  • iamrobot
    iamrobot26 days55 starsFeatured
    14-year-old Brystal Evergreen's favorite activity is reading. The problem is, in the Southern Kingdom, girls are trained to be wives when they grow up. This means that instead of studying subjects like math or science, girls are taught how to serve the right amount of tea or how to curtsy One day after school while walking past the library(which she is not allowed to enter) Brystal sees a help wanted sign for a maid. It's the perfect excuse for going into the library and reading all the books! Brystal quickly applies for the job. Soon, while cleaning the library, Brstal finds a secret passageway that leads to dozens of books. Why would someone need to hide books? She discovers that the books are banned, and they are all about topics like how the justices banished the trolls because they wanted their land. All the authors were executed, except for one. The book is called The Truth About Magic, and obviously, it is about magic. Brystal discovers that she is actually a fairy! In a matter of days, Brystal is sent to the Bootstrap Correctional Facility for Young Women. The facility "cures" fairies by making them do chores like digging holes in the ground and making shoes.One day, a strange fairy named Madame Weatherberry visits the facility. To her astonishment, Madame Weatherberry chooses Brystall for a school or fairies. Brystal learns how to use her powers. But in the end, how will they show the public that fairies are good? I liked this book because it had a twist at the end that I wasn't expecting. This book is great for people who like fantasy.
    • catluva08
      catluva0827 days
      omg the front of that book looks so magical! i really want to read it
      • donutgirl27
        donutgirl278 months55 stars
        This is the best book of all time. It is at some points, sad and heartfelt, and at others, hilariously amazing!(Mrs. Vee rules!)it is my favorite book of all time!
        • catluva08
          catluva0827 days
          I haven't read that book but I really want to!! This review has made me want to even more. Its definitely on my Christmas list!!!
        • bsc
          bsc9 months55 stars
          Brystal Evergreen doesn't know her true self. Reading is outlawed for women, but Brystal reads anyway. So when Brystal finds out that she can do magic, Brystal is sent to a work camp with girls like her. Being saved by Madame Weatherberry, Brystal learns that she and some other students are special. Needing the world to see that, they form a special academy where they learn how to use their magic wisely and truly find themselves. But the evil Snow Queen is harming the world and Brystal's beloved Madame Weatherberry has a close secret with the evil queen. And it may harm the Madame more than anyone knows... Almost serving as a backstory to the Fairy Council, A Tale of Magic is truly fantastic and, well, magical! Happy reading!
          • booksrock123454
            booksrock123454about 1 year55 stars
            This book is so good. It is jammed packed full of adventure. No matter what chapter you are on there is always something exciting going on. This book was perfect
            • sharkfun123
              sharkfun123about 1 year44 stars
              It was good. I like how it explained how everyone because who they are. I want to read more of the books in this series.
              • 96
                96about 1 year55 stars
                This book is literaly AMAZING! The stories in the book are so fun and exciting, it tells stories for all ages. They all filled me with humour and laughter. If you continue reading it gets funnir every chapter, Discover more and keep reading!
                • mariiasvin
                  mariiasvinabout 1 year55 stars
                  I enjoyed this book because it has so many cool characters and adventures, it takes place in different kingdoms and the Inbetween. I think this is a before the Land of Stories Series because what the characters become in this story they already are in the other.
                  • brystal
                    brystalover 1 year55 stars
                    I have read this book over and over and over again, yet I still fall in love with it every time. I think it was better than the Land of Stories series, which is saying something from me! 11/10, six stars, highly recommend.
                    • adventure0329
                      adventure0329over 1 year
                      This book is a prequel to the land of stories series. It shows the beginning of the land of stories, and how the fairy council got started. Brystal Evergreen is a girl who loves to read. But sadly reading is prohibited in her kingdom. When she finds a book of magic, she finds that she is a fairy, another sadly restricted thing in her kingdom. But thankfully, she is found by Madame Weatherberry, a fairy with the goal to return magic to the world. She finds many friends and begins to fit in with the magical community. But then she and her friends discover some things that may kill off the entire race of human beings.