tumblr_ma7xjneAJS1rafvvko1_500Just finished reading Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan.  It’s an interesting take on faeries, especially considering that a boy named Henry is the main character.  Usually when you think about faerie books, you think about girls.  But this one pulls it off nicely.  Henry’s a thoughtful, confused kid who just found out his parents are splitting up because his mom’s been having an affair.  Oh, and he also just discovered that the crazy old man he works for is right and not only do faeries really exist, they exist in the old man’s back yard.  Before he knows it, Harry’s been pulled into a world of espionage and intrigue as he has to help the Crown Prince find his way back home to save his kingdom.

The characters are interesting and unique.  Each one has a distinct feel and sense about them.  Mr. Fogharty, the old man, is fairly cooky, with an interesting past that’ll shock you when you find it out.  Pyrgus, the faerie prince, is likeable and kindhearted, even when he’s being a little bit of a punk.  Harry’s seems like a great kid who just seems to keep getting a raw deal, right from the start of the book, but I’m really interested to see how he progresses in the rest of the series.

If you’re looking for one of those faerie books that’s all about how cruel and punishing they can be, this really isn’t the book for you.  Sure, there’s bad faeries in it, demons, magic, and the whole nine yards, but really they’re just good and bad people with some magic thrown in.  Well, most of them anyway.  The Prince of Darkness is pretty much just evil, but then again if he wasn’t he wouldn’t be the Prince of Darkness now would he?

I’d give this book a 4 out of 5. There’s something to be said for a well-crafted story with well-defined characters.  I’ll definitely be looking for the second one.