The Purple Emperor by Herbie Brennan

The Purple Emperor

When Henry Atherton returned to his own life in the suburbs of London, he thought all was well in the Faerie Ream. His new friend Pyrgus, the crown prince of Faerie, was about to be coronated as Purple Emperor. But then Princess Holly Blue arrived on Earth, seeking Henry’s help once more.A plot to assassinate Pyrgus is afoot, but that’s not the worst of their problems. Pyrgus’s father, the murdered Purple Emperor, has been raised from the d...

Details The Purple Emperor

TitleThe Purple Emperor
Release DateAug 22nd, 2006
PublisherBloomsbury USA Childrens
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Fairies

Reviews The Purple Emperor

  • Aerin
    This book is a good example of why I wait to read series (more about that soon, in my review of Eldest). Action-packed, an original voice, sharp characters (although not so much as a mention of Henry's mother's lesbian affairs), but not resolved. For that, of course, you have to read the next book. *sigh*
  • Michael Fierce
    Would've easily merited a 4 star rating from me if the first half was as good as the second. Ended up liking this one a whole lot more than I was expecting as it got better and better once the plot was set in place. I may have rated it only a 3 but I am now looking forward to reading the rest of this series very much.
  • Arsnoctis
    Una storia che avrei gradito ascoltare da una voce narrante prima di andare a dormire. Un seguito gradevole che si mantiene sugli stessi livelli del primo capitolo di questa serie; immagino piacerà a chiunque abbia apprezzato il primo libro.Con il Nuovo re saluto la serie della Guerra degli elfi, il sig. Fogarty -indubbiamente il mio personaggio preferito di questa serie-, Madama Circe e tutti i loro compagni. Si tratta di una serie di cui riesc...
  • Morganne
    This book was about wizards, magic, evil, good and all that other magical stuff. In a place called The Faerie Realm there is a Purple Palace, in the Purple Palace there is a a Purple Emperor who rules the whole Realm. When the Emperor dies a sudden death, his son pyrgus has to become the new Purple Emperor. Even with Pyrgus's sister, Blue, help he is still really nervous. with only a little time before he becomes emperor, Pyrgus is suprised when ...
  • Zoie
    An interesting sequel and I like his view on faerie realms and his writing style. It's a nice little filler for the trilogy. Just one more book to go. If you want to buy this book, you're welcome to. I'll be putting it up on ebay soon, but contact me and you can have it. (I accidentally bought two.) Just a few of the pages are dog eared, but other than that it's in perfect condition!
  • Flora Smith
    This is the second installment of the Faerie Wars series. Henry is drawn back into the problem in the Faerie realm. He goes on to have more adventures while helping Pyrgus and Blue and defeating the attempts of Lord Hairstreak to assassinate one of the royal family. This is fun read full of faerie magic and adventure. I am looking forward to the next one.
  • Ursula
    Good story. Good characters.
  • Noah J
    I'm really enjoying the story and the archetype it follows. While each one of the story's heroes goes through their own journey, each one ultimately is forced out of what they know, only to find that they have more strengths than they knew. Eventually, they will return home to try to establish something familiar again. Viewed through the moral lense, the story is a classic good vs evil, light elves vs dark elves, demons vs angels. The good side n...
  • James Priest
    This is the sequel to The Faerie Wars. Took me quite some time to finish this book, but I really enjoyed it. The book is meant for younger readers, but I'm not ashamed to say that I enjoy reading these type of books. Wouldn't say I was the best at doing reviews, but this story has a lot to offer if you like stories of good versus evil. Plenty of plot twists to keep you interested. Lots of Faeries and other mythical creatures abound within this bo...
  • Natalie
    As far as sequels go, this book was better than its predecessor. But that doesn’t mean it was that good. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad. It’s just that there were some things in this book that didn’t make it spectacular and these things go beyond minor nitpicks.First off, the character cast was definitely better, or at least some of the characters were better. As always, the immediate royal family was good. Pyrgus is excellent as alw...
  • Michelle Wood
    A lovely little novel. More entertaining than the 1st one. We're introduced to the forest faerie who seem to be the most indomitable group of all!! Lord Hairstreak is back to his conniving ways & strategizing to take over the realm. That wretch Brimstone is back helping his favorite demon who has a very short lived victory. Plenty of storylines to go around!
  • Kathy
    So often the sequels to good books fall flat on their faces. The Purple Emperor is as good or even better than its predecessor, The Faerie Wars.Please see my full review here:
  • Elena
    una piacevole lettura per ragazzi
  • Amy Webster-Bo
    good but I hope the ending 3rd book is better
  • Haley Hilton
    I read The Faerie wars years ago and found this at Goodwill. Surprised at how much I enjoyed it. A little slow in the beginning but it pick up fairly quick.
  • Laurie D'ghent
    Fantastic! Beautifully snarky! Moderate swearing, mild innuendo, some gore.
  • Sara
    In Herbie Brennan's sequel to Faerie Wars, all is not well in the Faerie Realm. In fact, it's not going very well in Henry's world either. He's been banned from Mr. Forgaty's house, and his younger sister Aisling is watching his every move. All he wants to do is return to Pyrgus's world so that he can attend his friend's coronation, and he has a bad feeling that something is going terribly wrong. Henry's right. The body of Pyrgus's father has van...
  • Andrew
    The second book the the Faerie Wars Chronicles, Henry and Pyrgus are in another story to be told. Henry has to get to the faerie realm and find Pyrgus and try to help him however he can. Pyrgus has to try to survive his younger half brother Comma and Lord Hairstreak's evil plans. Many battles and unexpected twists occur throughout the book. The climate of will lead you to start the third book right away to find out what happens next.
  • keikii Eats Books
    55 points/100 (3 stars/5) [revised from 5].Pyrgus is to be crowned the Purple Emperor. While Fogarty goes to get Henry for the crowning and to end his ties to Earth, Pyrgus' father turns up live again. From there, it is a wild journey to find who is behind this, and why they don't want Pyrgus on the throne.Second, book, second day, still disappointed. It wasn't just me being tired yesterday. I just can no longer connect to this story the way I di...
  • Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
    Excellent follow-up! I'm about to start Ruler of the Realm so I'll have to make this quick! The pacing in the second installment of Faerie Wars series is much, MUCH faster (and I liked it--it works well) there are 100+ chapters but each one is only a page and a half long, so yes you do switch viewpoints extremely often but it's not for long! One thing I would have liked was a better idea of time in the setting. I found myself frowning at the sequ...
  • Lynne
    I spotted FAERIE WARS at a yard sale and paid either .50 cents or a dollar for it. I thought the cover was really cool and the synopsis on the back sounded interesting.Once I got home and started to read it I noticed the next book was advertised in the back pages and that's when I remembered seeing the second book in this series at that same yard sale.So the next day, my husband and I drove over to that house - I just happened to catch the owner ...
  • Luke Stemple
    The Purple Emperor is another great book to read by Herbie Brennan. Inside, Pyrgus is being groomed to become emperor following his father's death, while Hairstreak plots to kill him during his coronation. But then an unexpected factor comes up - the resurrected form of the Purple Emperor, whom Hairstreak comes out with a necromantic control over, disguising the fact that he was resurrected and thus controlling the kingdom, banishing Pyrgus, Blue...
  • Steph Su
    All of the characters (and many more neat ones) are back from the first book in this sequel that’s even more exciting than the first! Ever since Mr. Fogarty was appointed Gatekeeper by Pyrgus, the Purple Emperor Elect, Henry has been taking care of his home for him.Until one day, when Mr. Fogarty shows up and asks Henry to come back to the faerie realm. It turns out that Pyrgus’ kingdom is not as peaceful as it should be. Someone has resurrec...
  • Jaemi
    In this sequel to Faerie Wars, we pick up right where we left off. Mr Fogarty has settled into his duties as Gatekeeper of the Realm, Pyrgus is acclimating to his position as Emperor Elect, and Henry is back at home missing the Faerie Realm. So when he finds out he’s been invited to Pyrgus’ Coronation Ceremony, he’s perfectly happy to except. On top of that, he finds out he’ll be receiving some magical help in sneaking away–even better!...
  • John
    Diving into the second of the Faerie wars series, I fell much like Alice who was quite confused for some time after falling down the rabbit hole. Two observations: 1. I continue to dislike the author's habit of keeping two to three active stories, as well as several more semi-active stories, going at one time and switching between them suddenly and without finishing the thought in the story they are switching from. Juggling stories makes books f...
  • Aiden
    When Henry Atherton returned to his own life in the suburbs of London, he thought all was well in the Faerie Ream. His new friend Pyrgus, the crown prince of Faerie, was about to be coronated as Purple Emperor. But then Princess Holly Blue arrived on Earth, seeking Henry’s help once more.A plot to assassinate Pyrgus is afoot, but that’s not the worst of their problems. Pyrgus’s father, the murdered Purple Emperor, has been raised from the d...
  • Morgan
    Herbie Brennan just cracks me up. I love great YA novels that go for smart, playful humor instead of going for the cheap gags. I think Herbie and Diana Wynne Jones are probably some of the best YA writers when it comes to humor. And the best part is that humor is only one tool is Herbie's very diverse literary toolbox."The Purple Emperor" picks up where "Faerie Wars" left off and we get to follow the continuing adventures of Pyrgus, Blue, Mr. Fog...
  • Eric
    book 2 of book one this one has more action. Henry now goes back to the faerie realm. Pyrgus father dies all of a sudden so now he has to become the new emperor. His father was the former Purple emperor of the purple palace and he needs to be the new purple emperor. His sister Blue which is a weird name and since she is called blue he should be called red because red+blue= purple. well his sister is helping her nervous brother out to be the new e...
  • Kris Runyon
    I gave this book 4 1/2 stars. The sequel to Faerie Wars, we pick up right where we left off. Mr. Fogarty has become the Gatekeeper of the Realm, Prince Pyrgus is preparing to become the next Purple Emperor, and Henry is back at home. But once again, Henry Atherton finds himself transported back to the Faerie realm to help his friends protect the Realm from our loathsome villains - Lord Hairstreak and his henchmen, Chalkhill and Brimstone. I finis...
  • Sferrae
    I had a few problems with this book starting with the multiple points of view. I like books with multiple points of view, and I dont mind the quantity of points told in this book, however some of the points of view seem a little pointless. every chapter is a different point of view, but I felt like parts where not explored as deeply as I would have liked to show the relationships more. This book is meant to explore strong emotions like guilt and ...