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A Tale of Magic...

Written by: Chris Colfer
Narrated by: Chris Colfer
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
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A new series set in the Land of Stories universe from the number one New York Times best-selling 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...

©2019 Chris Colfer (P)2019 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"It's hard not to love a book dedicated to the Glee star's grandmother...Colfer gets off many good lines [and] the nifty ending ties the plot's multiple strands up while leaving room for further fairy tale adventures." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Elaine Long
  • 2019-12-18

Amazing storytelling

My family and I LOVED this story and all the thought that went into it. the dramatic parts😲, the funny parts(mostly the parts with Lucy goosé😉), and the creepy parts💀.I also love the surprise of the fairy council and the fairy godmother😇!!!!

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  • Jade
  • 2019-12-05

I just love Chris Colfer and his books.

I just love Chris Colfer and his books. The adventure you go on makes you feel like a little kid again. Cant wait to read these to my kids one day.

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  • J Popovich
  • 2019-11-27

Even better

All Colfer’s stories are excellent each one better than the one before! I look forward to more of his creative genius in the future.

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  • David in Arkansas
  • 2019-11-24

Extremely well performed!

Well written! Interesting story with some unexpected twists. Extremely well performed! I kept yelling “remember you can do magic” when the kids keep forgetting that they could. Had to remember that it was written about kids for kids. LOL

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  • Ro
  • 2019-11-20

Magically wonderful

I really enjoyed listening to this on my drives home and when I needed to keep myself from falling asleep at work. It is well written and full of real problems that people face all over (with a magical twist of course.) I hope that others can enjoy this book as much as I have and continue to have hope and compassion for the future.

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  • Jessica Dixon
  • 2019-11-15

the hype is real

This latest Chris Colfer book does not disappoint! His portrayal of how storybook characters came to be feel real with true morals and current struggles.

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  • Rosalind Lee Bullard
  • 2020-01-22

Love this book

My kids and I listen to audiobooks while we drive in the car and get ready for bed but this story kept us glued and we began to listen any chance we got.
I hope that Chris Colfer continues to write and share his amazing adventures with us all.

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  • Tammy C.
  • 2020-01-19

A well deserved prequel

When you hear prequel, you go oh no, the author done messed up. I fell in love with the fairytale world with Alex and Conner. I have been waiting for the next chapter with the granddaughter, but this book made me realize that I wanted more, the origin of Alex and Conner’s grandmother without knowing it. Colfer’s ability to create a masterpiece is just breathtaking. He is a true gem. Still blown away with this and can’t wait to listen to it again. Hoping for more.... Past or future.....

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  • Surri
  • 2019-12-12

Found family, self acceptance, and joy

Chris Colfer, if I could hug you, I would. My children and I listened to this book together, as we did The Land of Stories books. We all enjoyed it, of course! However, I had to explain to them why I cried so much. Never let them steal your joy. ❤️

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  • Erika Walker
  • 2019-11-12

Magical!

I had a long car ride and chose this book to listen to. It was immensely entertaining and so beautifully narrated by Chris. As soon as I finished, I started it over to look for the clues I missed.