Get a free audiobook

CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

This number New York Times best seller is the first book in a new series set in Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories universe, perfect for both new and longtime fans!

When Brystal Evergreen stumbles across a secret section of the library, she discovers a book that introduces her to a world beyond her imagination and learns the impossible: She is a fairy capable of magic! But in the oppressive Southern Kingdom, women are forbidden from reading and magic is outlawed, so Brystal is swiftly convicted of her crimes and sent to the miserable Bootstrap Correctional Facility.

But with the help of the mysterious Madame Weatherberry, Brystal is whisked away and enrolled in an academy of magic! Adventure comes with a price, however, and when Madame Weatherberry is called away to attend to an important problem she doesn’t return.

Do Brystal and her classmates have what it takes to stop a sinister plot that risks the fate of the world, and magic, forever?

Fall in love with an all-new series from Chris Colfer, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Land of Stories, filled with adventure, imagination, and wonderfully memorable characters both familiar and new.

A number one New York Times best seller
An IndieBound best seller
USA Today best seller
A Wall Street Journal best seller

©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)

What listeners say about A Tale of Magic...

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    29
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    22
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    25
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • And
  • 2020-09-13

Perfect

Lots of great stories that touch on larger themes in our world. A great prequel series for The Land of Stories telling the creation of the Fairy Godmother.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing prequel

This book is the much needed prequel for lovers of the Land of Stories.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lucky Fam
  • 2020-02-18

Sub-Par Fantasy Polemic

If I try to be as objective as possible, this was sub-par tween fantasy book. I'm not a huge fan of the author's work, but have read all his books as one of my sons enjoys them and I like to know what he's reading so I can relate and discuss. It wasn't horrible, but even compared to the author's other books wasn't great. I found it overly-simplistic, the magic system (which the entire plot revolves around) was poorly defined, with no apparent limitations (which as any good fantasy fan is aware are far more interesting than abilities). Costs for using magic are vaguely alluded to, but aren't consistently applied. Magic users that defy entire armies are easily subdued my small mobs. The magic users can pretty much do anything they want with little or no cost or defined limitations except as needed to further the plot. Other authors have written much better YA novels, John Flanagan, Brandon Mull, Shannon Hale (for instance) all write far more engaging books that respect the intellectual capacity of children today. I'd recommend you give one of them a listen. If the above were my only issue, I still could have probably given 2-3 stars. However, my non-objective greater struggle with this book was the author's political biases which served as a minor subtext in his other books are used to beat you over the head at every turn in this book. If you thought the Golden Compass was anti-religious, wait till you read this book. Anyone who even professes belief in religion might as well wear a black hat complete with greasy handlebar mustache. Making all (and I mean all) religious believers into comical heels (that Snid Snidely would blush at) does not further what is a very nuanced real-life discussion with many shades of opinions other than the polarized love vs. hate that the author presents. I appreciate the love and acceptance message, but it looses some of its efficacy when it's presented in such a heavy-handed fashion with only hateful straw-men as counter points. There was also some bizarre moral relativism in regard to witchcraft that seems wildly out of place since the books that supposedly follow this book chronologically don't seem to support it. If you hold a world-view anywhere to the right of Stalin and wish to impress that upon your children, I would not recommend this book for your kids. If you (like me) have kids who insist on reading this book, read it with them so you can bring some reason to the author's extreme views. While loving and accepting others, we also have a moral obligation to lovingly warn and persuade others from self-destructive life-styles and actions. And yes, those who continue to disagree are still deserving of our love and respect (but we do insist on the same for ourselves). There is an absolute right vs wrong other than the one-sided utilitarianism the author presents, and religion (when correctly applied) is a tool to bring us closer to God and warn us away from actions that will ultimately harm us and society. Agree or disagree with me, it is possible (and morally courageous) to love and accept someone while still disagreeing with their actions. This message is sadly lacking from this book.

31 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • NCWoodSmith
  • 2020-07-15

Poorly written, unpleasant voice

My daughter and I have listened to two titles of Colfer's and, to be blunt, neither are written well. Colfer's writing is full of clichés and the story has numerous plot holes, as other reviewers have noted. To make matters worse, Colfer's voice is unpleasant for an audiobook and his delivery is over the top and annoying. Colfer is an accomplished actor known for his fine work in "Glee," and his name and TV fan base surely paved the way to publishing this stuff. His talents don't stretch into writing, unfortunately, except that he's very prolific. But then when you write at this quality, I suppose it's easy to produce this much content in a short amount of time. I suspect many of the glowing reviews here are from fans of his television work, and not true fans of the fantasy genre or fans of good writing and storytelling. That's fine. I wish Colfer continued success, but wish he'd focus on improving his writing and story development. Or at least hire a talented editor and a professional reader. As it is with this title, it's unedited high school level creative writing.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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😇!!!!

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Malka
  • 2020-08-13

Amazing

I love this audiobook so much it has superb narration and a magical plot based off of modern problems like sexism and racism

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • S. Zeller
  • 2020-08-11

Amazing! Exciting!

I absolutely can not wait for the next book to come out! Well written, and read by the author! I can’t stand when the narrator of a book is bland and monotone, and Chris was anything but that! He put feeling and emotion into each character, and left me wanting more!

2 people found this helpful