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Brystal Evergreen changed the world, but the journey is just beginning... Brystal and her friends have saved the world from the evil Snow Queen and secured worldwide acceptance for the magical community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the academy, the celebrations are cut short. As the witch begins recruiting faeries into her rival school of witchcraft, it b Brystal Evergreen changed the world, but the journey is just beginning... Brystal and her friends have saved the world from the evil Snow Queen and secured worldwide acceptance for the magical community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the academy, the celebrations are cut short. As the witch begins recruiting faeries into her rival school of witchcraft, it becomes clear she has dark intentions. And soon Brystal's friend Lucy becomes embroiled in an ominous plot against mankind. Elsewhere, the fragile peace is on the brink of shattering. Outrage has spread throughout the kingdoms in opposition to the legalization of magic. And, a dangerous and centuries-old clan known as the Righteous Brotherhood has resurfaced, with one goal in mind: to exterminate all magical life forever...starting with Brystal.... The enchanting sequel to the New York Times bestselling A Tale of Magic..., filled with brand-new adventures and a cast of memorable characters, both familiar and new.


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Brystal Evergreen changed the world, but the journey is just beginning... Brystal and her friends have saved the world from the evil Snow Queen and secured worldwide acceptance for the magical community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the academy, the celebrations are cut short. As the witch begins recruiting faeries into her rival school of witchcraft, it b Brystal Evergreen changed the world, but the journey is just beginning... Brystal and her friends have saved the world from the evil Snow Queen and secured worldwide acceptance for the magical community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the academy, the celebrations are cut short. As the witch begins recruiting faeries into her rival school of witchcraft, it becomes clear she has dark intentions. And soon Brystal's friend Lucy becomes embroiled in an ominous plot against mankind. Elsewhere, the fragile peace is on the brink of shattering. Outrage has spread throughout the kingdoms in opposition to the legalization of magic. And, a dangerous and centuries-old clan known as the Righteous Brotherhood has resurfaced, with one goal in mind: to exterminate all magical life forever...starting with Brystal.... The enchanting sequel to the New York Times bestselling A Tale of Magic..., filled with brand-new adventures and a cast of memorable characters, both familiar and new.

30 review for A Tale of Witchcraft...

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    "The only way to fix a curse of the mind is with the mind itself." Chris Colfer's books are a rare example of celebrity books that are absolutely brilliant. So, what's this book about? Brystal and her friends have saved the world from the evil Snow Queen and secured worldwide acceptance for the magical community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the academy, the celebrations are cut short. As the witch begins recruiting faeries into her rival school of witchcraft, it "The only way to fix a curse of the mind is with the mind itself." Chris Colfer's books are a rare example of celebrity books that are absolutely brilliant. So, what's this book about? Brystal and her friends have saved the world from the evil Snow Queen and secured worldwide acceptance for the magical community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the academy, the celebrations are cut short. As the witch begins recruiting faeries into her rival school of witchcraft, it becomes clear she has dЙark intentions. And soon Brystal's friend Lucy becomes embroiled in an ominous plot against mankind. Elsewhere, the fragile peace is on the brink of shattering. Outrage has spread throughout the kingdoms in opposition to the legalization of magic. And, a dangerous and centuries-old clan known as the Righteous Brotherhood has resurfaced, with one goal in mind: to exterminate all magical life forever...starting with Brystal.... We all know how much I loved A Tale of Magic because of its LGBT undertones and allegories that were so expertly done. As much as I loved A Tale of Magic, I loved A Tale of Witchcraft that much more. It dealt with the theme of mental illness, mainly depression. This is a theme that is really close to my heart as depression and anxiety are two things I have dealt with life long. I loved that Chris Colfer was able to take heavy and abstract themes like insecurity, suicide, suicidal ideations, and more in a more concrete and easy to understand way. This is definitely a dark middle-grade book and you should be wary about letting younger kids read it as it does get pretty heavy, especially in the end. That said, it has so many amazing themes that I won't go into because I don't want to spoil and this book is worth a read. So go read it. Overall, this book was heartbreaking and uplifting. Heavy and hopeful and I can't wait to see where this series goes. - - - - - - brilliant. absolutely brilliant. - - - - - - OMG THERE IS A SYNOPSIS AND IT IS AMAZING!!!!! LUCY, BRYSTAL, AND CO ARE GETTING INTO ALL SORTS OF MAGICAL SHENANIGANS SQUEEEEEEEEEE - - - - - - YASSSSS | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  2. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Oh my gosh. That moment where you buy the first book because the cover of the second is so beautiful and your will power is so weak...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aarja

    This book brought back all those feels I got from the Fantasy MG books. Well, particularly The Land of Stories. You know, when the characters are your age, having adventures and all you want is to be in their place. That's such a good and nostalgic feeling, right? 4.5 stars, because this book deserves it. And this book was also beautiful. THAT COVER, FIRSTLY. Isn't it SO picturesque? Sorry to interrupt, but please not that this review is all over the place. Even though the characters are Mary Sue(s This book brought back all those feels I got from the Fantasy MG books. Well, particularly The Land of Stories. You know, when the characters are your age, having adventures and all you want is to be in their place. That's such a good and nostalgic feeling, right? 4.5 stars, because this book deserves it. And this book was also beautiful. THAT COVER, FIRSTLY. Isn't it SO picturesque? Sorry to interrupt, but please not that this review is all over the place. Even though the characters are Mary Sue(s), I loved them, because they're written so well. Brystal is just <3. And Lucy... um, wow. And my feelings for this world and this plot are obvious ;) I was evaded by the simplicity of the writing which still manages to capture so many emotions. As I said, this book made me feel things. However, the use of italics is unnecessary and excessive. The only flaw in this whole book. The plot twists, the foreshadowing, and the cliffhanger are top-notch and clean! I'm not in a rush for the next book, but I certainly can't wait! And that ending! Lovely. ➵ 𝟺 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚜 BR with Anya! Love to read with you, can't wait for more! <3 ~ Happy Reading! P.S. I love Mrs. Vee ;) A small poster required for school, but I'm proud of it, so I'm sharing it here: _____________ 9/10/20 (just after the book came out in India, and just before I got it): Ahhhhh the cover!! Man, I need it RIGHT NOW! AHHH It just came out yesterday, and I am betting I'll die if I don't get it. I just read the sample, and I love it so much! I need to get my hands on the third one as soon as possible! AHHHHHH

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ele

    4.5 stars. This was...darker than expected. A Tale of Witchcraft begins quiet some time were the first book ends; the magical community has been more than accepted back into society. Brystal is treated like a celebrity, but she is now suffering a severe bout of depression. The beautiful new world she has created begins to fray with the rise of the Rightous Brotherhood, an extremist secret society that I can only presume are based on the real-life KKK. I enjoyed this one more than the first, howev 4.5 stars. This was...darker than expected. A Tale of Witchcraft begins quiet some time were the first book ends; the magical community has been more than accepted back into society. Brystal is treated like a celebrity, but she is now suffering a severe bout of depression. The beautiful new world she has created begins to fray with the rise of the Rightous Brotherhood, an extremist secret society that I can only presume are based on the real-life KKK. I enjoyed this one more than the first, however, I do think it was not always appropriate for the intended age group - there was some strong swearing, and some scenes a bit too dark for children in my opinion. However, I appreciated the lessons this book taught about mankind, as well as the depicition of depression (view spoiler)[even though the depression was really a curse; after all, in real life, it is a sort of curse, just not in that sense). (hide spoiler)] Another thing - I think I enjoy these prequels more than the Land of Stories in terms of plot, but the original has more lovable, endearing characters. I find I don't care too much about the characters here, but I am more invested in the story. --------- This cover is happiness. True, pure, unadulterated Halloween happiness. With one minor drawback: I have to wait till Halloween???????????

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikita

    Updated October 12, 2020: A Tale of Witchcraft is exciting, gripping, magical and amazing. Brystal Evergreen and her friends have saved the world from the Snow Queen and began a new one where magic has become accepted in the community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the Academy for Magic, things turn from good to bad. As the witch starts to recruit faeries to her school, the School for Witchcraft, her intentions become clear. Soon Brystal’s friend Lucy becomes involved in a sinis Updated October 12, 2020: A Tale of Witchcraft is exciting, gripping, magical and amazing. Brystal Evergreen and her friends have saved the world from the Snow Queen and began a new one where magic has become accepted in the community. However, when a mysterious new witch arrives at the Academy for Magic, things turn from good to bad. As the witch starts to recruit faeries to her school, the School for Witchcraft, her intentions become clear. Soon Brystal’s friend Lucy becomes involved in a sinister plot against mankind as the fragile peace is on the brink of shattering. Outrage has spread throughout the kingdoms against magic and a dangerous centuries old clan called the Righteous Brotherhood has returned with one mission, to exterminate all magical life, starting with Brystal. A Tale of Witchcraft is filled with magic, action, adventure, shock, betrayal, friendship, and choices. Brystal and her friends, now called the Fairy Council have stopped the Snow Queen from destroying the world and created a new one where magic is accepted improving the lives for both mankind and the magical community. However, Brystal is overwhelmed with her role as Fairy Godmother, all the responsibilities that come with it, and sudden thoughts of doubt and mistrust. When a mysterious witch arrives at the Academy for Magic, hoping to recruit fairies to her school, the School for Witchcraft, Brystal’s mistrust in the witch leads her to further doubt in her own ability. Also, Brystal becomes a target of an ancient clan called the Righteous Brotherhood, who have become outraged by the growing acceptance of magic. When Lucy discovers one of Brystal’s secrets, Lucy decides to leave and join the School for Witchcraft however, discovers a sinister plot against mankind and against Brystal. Brystal and a new friend Seven develop a friendship but discover a plot of the Righteous Brotherhood, only to fall into their trap. Overwhelmed by what and by her emotions, Brystal makes a decision that she hopes will be better for everyone involved. However, Brystal is faced with more shock, discoveries about herself and faced with a deal with Death itself. Lucy brings her discoveries back to the Fairy Council and to the witches only to discover more shocking discoveries. Lucy and friends join together to save Brystal and to stop the Righteous Brotherhood before their plan is unleashed upon the world. Choices are made, sides are chosen, and truths are discovered as war and loss of hope threatens to destroy them all. Brystal remains a good character and I love her. She tries to do the right thing for everyone even if she ends up carrying the burden. Lucy is great, she has a good heart and tries but she really acts before really thinking things first. Seven is sweet and accepting to Brystal however I was shocked by the ending. The students of the school for witchcraft are fun and interesting each with a unique personality. Overall A Tale of Witchcraft was amazing. Chris Colfer is great. I just love his books. They are so creative and I’m immediately drawn into the books. Characters remain great, plot is awesome, story is gripping and everything is just magical. I love the few references that were tied to the Land of Stories. The ending left with questions that I must know and I also wonder if the next book will connect more to the timeline to the Land of Stories. I can’t wait to see what comes next. Updated Feb. 7, 2020:

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ayla

    3.3 stars. This book would've been a solid, solid 4 stars if not for one major problem I had with it. Before we start, shoutout to my friend Zoe! I read this book for the Booked for the Holidays Readathon, created by her. First of all, I need to credit Chris Colfer for his covers. They're absolutely gorgeous and so eye-catching. Who wouldn't want to pick this up from the bookstore, with how stunning they look? I found the characters, at times, to be pretty flat, but we can ignore that. Brystal was 3.3 stars. This book would've been a solid, solid 4 stars if not for one major problem I had with it. Before we start, shoutout to my friend Zoe! I read this book for the Booked for the Holidays Readathon, created by her. First of all, I need to credit Chris Colfer for his covers. They're absolutely gorgeous and so eye-catching. Who wouldn't want to pick this up from the bookstore, with how stunning they look? I found the characters, at times, to be pretty flat, but we can ignore that. Brystal was nothing special, basically a remake of Alex from the original Land of Stories with a new name and the title of Fairy Godmother. Lucy was hilarious as always, and I liked her spirit. Emerelda of course was my favorite. I loved her command and her power is super cool. Seven. I didn't like Seven even from the beginning. He was just...to perfect. He seemed too amazing, too surreal. And then the fact that he loves the Tales of Tidbit Twitch - too expected. They seemed like an ideal match, and the instalove was terrible. (view spoiler)[So, when he betrayed Brystal, I wasn't exactly surprised. The Righteous King. Interesting title. And at the end, when he said this: "MARK MY WORDS, WE WILL WIN, AND THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO STOP US!" Extremely cliche. I had to laugh at that. (hide spoiler)] What I often like about Chris Colfer's books is the idea, the story, and the plot. His ideas are creative and original, and I loved how they intertwine with fairytales. There are a lot of fairytale retellings out there, but a lot of them aren't exactly original. The storyline and plot are good too - nice pacing, and it's balanced. Here was my one major problem with A Tale of Witchcraft: The writing. I can and will rant about this for days and days. If you ask my friends who like this book, they'll tell you how much I despised the writing in this book. I don't even know if this is possible, but for some reason, the his writing got worse. A Tale of Magic was written much better than this. The main reason why I hated the writing was all the italics. Each page, if I would guess, had an average of about 7 words in italics. 7 words per page in italics. Really? I counted 11 words in italics on one page, even 13. It was insane. Part of this was because it was so triggering. Seeing italics being misused like this is so annoying, and it's even more annoying to have to go through the torture of reading all of that. Also, he tended to repeat the same exact sentences over and over again. For example, on one page, "Brystal opened her eyes... It was like..." (the sentence went on) And then, in the next chapter: "Brystal opened her eyes... It was like..." (the sentence went on again) It was really irritating. As you can hopefully see, the writing was a complete nightmare and I seriously had to put the book down a few times just to calm myself after reading it because it was that terrible. This was a relatively short review, mostly because there wasn't much to touch on. I'll be reading the Trials of Apollo next, so look for my review of that in the next few days!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Éadaoin

    I NEED THIS. 😭

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amelie

    Despite saving the world and helping the magical community gain worldwide acceptance, Brystal and her friends are faced with new issues when a new witch sets up her own rival school of witchcraft, a dangerous clan known as the Righteous Brotherhood resurfaces with the goal to eradicate all magical life, and Brystal herself is plagued with disturbing thoughts that send her into a spiral of negativity. I really enjoyed this book, and though it was technically middle grade and written in a simplisti Despite saving the world and helping the magical community gain worldwide acceptance, Brystal and her friends are faced with new issues when a new witch sets up her own rival school of witchcraft, a dangerous clan known as the Righteous Brotherhood resurfaces with the goal to eradicate all magical life, and Brystal herself is plagued with disturbing thoughts that send her into a spiral of negativity. I really enjoyed this book, and though it was technically middle grade and written in a simplistic manner, it was still highly enjoyable and entertaining. There is just something uniquely special about Chris Colfer’s writing, which captures your attention while filling you with giddy happiness, and this fast-paced adventure did not disappoint! While The Land of Stories series was a light-hearted series which cleverly incorporated different fairy tales into the story, this prequel series, provides a unique insight into what the magical world was once like before magic was widely accepted, and tackles more darker issues such as injustices, equality and prejudice against the magical community. I love how the backstories of different characters from The Land of Stories have been included, and I especially loved reading from Brystal (the Fairy Godmother), and Lucy (Mother Goose’s) perspectives. Their characters are both so inspirational, and I love reading about Brystal’s kindness and willingness to help others no matter what, and Lucy’s wild, witty character which added a humorous touch to the story. The new characters introduced in this book such as the witches, Seven, and Mistress Mara were all incredibly unique to the story as well, and Mistress Mara’s backstory and dark motives in particular, were really interesting to read about. I liked how the issues of injustice and equality were tackled, and it was interesting reading about how deep the prejudice was against the magical community in this oppressive world. In this book, the characters themselves struggled to find acceptance within themselves and their lives, and it was especially interesting reading about Brystal’s struggles to fight her inner demons and overcome the negativity and darkness in her life both mentally and physically. This book had a great, inspirational message about fighting negativity and doing your best to hold on to hope even in the darkest times. Overall, this was a highly enjoyable sequel to A Tale of Magic, which was inspirational and uplifting, and I would highly recommend this series, along with The Land of Stories series. I loved how this book showed the importance of fighting and overcoming negativity in our lives, and I’m looking forward to continuing the rest of the books in the series when they’re released sometime in the future. 5/5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    RoRo

    4.5 stars AHHHHH Read at your own risk: / / / / / / / / / / / I am just... This book was an amazing sequel to a Tale of Magic and I honestly love Chris Colfer's writing so much. I gave its book 4.5 stars because sometimes I was just a little bit confused about where we were in the book and stuff like that. I loved the characters and all the personalities. I loved the female representation in this book. The main characters went through a fantastic journey of self-love and finding friends. This book just had so 4.5 stars AHHHHH Read at your own risk: / / / / / / / / / / / I am just... This book was an amazing sequel to a Tale of Magic and I honestly love Chris Colfer's writing so much. I gave its book 4.5 stars because sometimes I was just a little bit confused about where we were in the book and stuff like that. I loved the characters and all the personalities. I loved the female representation in this book. The main characters went through a fantastic journey of self-love and finding friends. This book just had so much thought put into it and I definitely would recommend this to anybody who is going through tough times or just wants a little female representation in their life. BYE!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie {Liz S.} ~Zailey+Jaseth Shipper~ Stone

    OOHHHHHHHHH I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I finished it from start to finish today and using math that I read two pages a minute for this book, I know it only took me 3-4 hrs to read it. But I did take breaks to eat and such so actual life it took me longer but I still started and finished it today!!! Now let me get onto my book because I just rambled there haha. So let's start with awwwwww Seven, you're such a sweet guy. How I liked you so much when I met you... (view spoiler)[ BUT THEN YOU HAD TO OOHHHHHHHHH I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I finished it from start to finish today and using math that I read two pages a minute for this book, I know it only took me 3-4 hrs to read it. But I did take breaks to eat and such so actual life it took me longer but I still started and finished it today!!! Now let me get onto my book because I just rambled there haha. So let's start with awwwwww Seven, you're such a sweet guy. How I liked you so much when I met you... (view spoiler)[ BUT THEN YOU HAD TO BE THE RIGHTEOUS KING! SERIOUSLY!?!?!?!?! I actually liked you and thought you were good for BRYSTAL! BUT NO YOU HAD TO GO AND BE AN EVIL SCHEMING BRAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IS IT A LIE THAT YOU ACTUALLY LIKE TO READ? PLEASE TELL ME NO! BUT I GUESS I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED ANYMORE BECAUSE YOU BETRAYED MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS! YOU WERE THE ONLY HELPING BRYSTAL OUT OF HER DEPRESSION SO I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOOD BUT NOOOOOOOO THAT WAS ALL A LIE! A STUPID LIE!!!!!!!!! YOU USED TRICKERY WHY! BECAUSE YOUR POWER HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wouldn't have minded it if Prince Max was the righteous king, but nooooooooooooooo it had to be you! Sorry about that to anyone who is reading this, I just had to scream at Seven because he is such a jerk! Now onto different parts. Lucy how could you join Reavencrest???? I guess it turned out well in the end but STILL doing witchcraft? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! As you can tell, I'm screaming at all the characters and you'll see if you read the book. (hide spoiler)] For those of you who read that spoiler, you know how much I screamed, and good job for you to read that. I completely recommend the book. I've seen those memes where you read a book and it shows that the reader screams and throws the book at the wall and then recommends it to a friend. That's what I'm doing right now haha. But I love the book still! READ IT! Oh and nice job for reading and sitting through my whole review of this book haha.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Book Hugger

    ANOTHER ONE!? (does happy dance in my head because I don’t have one) WHEN WILL THIS COME OUT!? And since the last one was fairies, will this one have to do with witches? Like the beginning of those horrible witches in The Land Of Stories?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle✨

    Brystal smiled at her friends. "Hope," she said. "And I don't know about you, but I'm tired of letting people use my emotions to control me. So from now on, we're going to starve whatever misery they try to cause us. We're going to fight sadness with laughter, we're going to fight loneliness with friendship, we're going to fight anger with gratitude, and we're going to fight fear with hope. Because as long as we keep fighting, and as long as we keep our hope alive- the Brotherhood won't stand a Brystal smiled at her friends. "Hope," she said. "And I don't know about you, but I'm tired of letting people use my emotions to control me. So from now on, we're going to starve whatever misery they try to cause us. We're going to fight sadness with laughter, we're going to fight loneliness with friendship, we're going to fight anger with gratitude, and we're going to fight fear with hope. Because as long as we keep fighting, and as long as we keep our hope alive- the Brotherhood won't stand a chance." What a beautiful ending to this beautiful book. A Tale of Witchcraft is such a wholesome book filled with so many positive messages. It deals with anger and sadness, hope and joy, depression and recovery, love and hate. Its characters are believable and flawed and full of life. They support each other in their darkest moments and help overcome hate from society. I was really impressed by the strong friendships. A lot of books have the backstabbing betrayal stuff. Even though the group did have some falling outs, they always came back with a strengthened bond. Brystal (aka Fairy Godmother now) is a compassionate young woman with lots of stuff on her hands. Even though she helped change the world to be more accepting of magic, she has to deal with more threats, both physical and mental. Her mental health spirals downward rapidly because of all the pressure on her, but she doesn't seek help for herself. I was happy that her depression was addressed, showing us not everyone has the perfect life we think they have, and also her path to recovery. Lucy Goose (aka young Mother Goose) has a nice sized role in this book. She's funny and sarcastic and I loved reading her snarky remarks. Lucy happens to be turned to witchcraft for a short while and it was pretty laughable as to how that turned out. The new problems in A Tale of Witchcraft were also pretty relevant to today, such as cults and terrorist organizations like the "Righteous Brotherhood." They are all men who want to destroy Brystal's (female) work and all magic. Basically crazy patriarchy. There was a teensy-weensy bit of romance that actually involved the plot. I loved how it Colfer wrote it in and how it turned out. (SO good) (view spoiler)[ Love interest is evil hehehe such a twist (hide spoiler)] A Tale of Witchcraft is a great story that made me feel like the inside of a toasted marshmallow- warm and sweet. Just makes me so happy, something pure that doesn't come up often. The underlying messages and themes are to be taken to heart. I loved every word in it and am dying to read the next one. (okay not really but y'all know what I mean:D

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nyah Pelke

    Colfer is amazing! This needs to come out now!!!!! If this is anything like the first, I won't be able to put it down! Colfer is amazing! This needs to come out now!!!!! If this is anything like the first, I won't be able to put it down!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mango

    I really enjoyed this book! Sure, it was a little bit predictable, but it took me on an adventure nevertheless. I really enjoyed hearing the thoughts of Lucy. In the previous book (A Tale of Magic) I was hoping of being able to know more about her. Sure enough, in this book, it was Lucy's "time to shine." It was really enjoyable seeing Lucy grow from being a sarcastic obnoxious fairy to a true friend (still sarcastic). I also enjoyed seeing the conflict in Brystal. It was interesting seeing how one I really enjoyed this book! Sure, it was a little bit predictable, but it took me on an adventure nevertheless. I really enjoyed hearing the thoughts of Lucy. In the previous book (A Tale of Magic) I was hoping of being able to know more about her. Sure enough, in this book, it was Lucy's "time to shine." It was really enjoyable seeing Lucy grow from being a sarcastic obnoxious fairy to a true friend (still sarcastic). I also enjoyed seeing the conflict in Brystal. It was interesting seeing how one simple curse could affect even the greatest of fairies. I also thought the villains were quite clever, and I can tell they will put up a great fight in the next book. After all, Brystal and the fairies were barely able to fend them off in this book. They will surely return in the next book. The plot was a little bit predictable. At first I was completely hooked, but then I started to make some predictions and most of them turned out to be right or close to my thoughts. But thankfully it wasn't too predictable and did not spoil my reading. I still enjoyed it to the full extent. :) And I will admit there were other things that I was NOT expecting which made me really surprised. For example, there were some things the author wrote which I found very creative. For example, the world between life and the afterlife, Colfer described is as a forest full of trees and clocks. The theory is kind of complex, but it was interesting to read. I hope I get to hear more about this idea in the next book. Well Chris Colfer has done it again. I really enjoyed the character growth, the plot and the creativity. Thanks and excited for the next book! (view spoiler)[HUGE SPOILTERS DON'T READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK: I sort of knew that Seven was a little bit too perfect, like he gave me that vibe I usually get from fake people. I knew he was going to betray Brystal, but I never thought he would actually be the righteous king! Wow... Also, I was relieved that part of Madame Weatherberry is still alive, but I'm sad we won't be seing much of her since she's a ghost. I wanted to explore more of her character. But I'm glad I read this book, I really enjoyed it. :)(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  15. 5 out of 5

    Drewthereader20

    Second book read for #tistheseasonathon and I really enjoyed it! I kind of wish there was more to the story though but hopefully there's a book 3?? I did read this one in one day and it was a quick middle grade and love reading from the new character's pov!(: Second book read for #tistheseasonathon and I really enjoyed it! I kind of wish there was more to the story though but hopefully there's a book 3?? I did read this one in one day and it was a quick middle grade and love reading from the new character's pov!(:

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lorelei

    *Sorry GR deleted my original review* ~~~4 Stars~~~ I liked this book. I have been reading Colfer's books for 7 years and the nostalgia of his writing never fails to excite me. I will say the plot struggled a bit over the course of the book and I found myself skipping over pages. The ending didn't feel complete, but then again, it is setting up for another book so I can't be too mad about it. For being a middle-grade book it has yet to leave me bored. I will keep reading Colfer's new books and hop *Sorry GR deleted my original review* ~~~4 Stars~~~ I liked this book. I have been reading Colfer's books for 7 years and the nostalgia of his writing never fails to excite me. I will say the plot struggled a bit over the course of the book and I found myself skipping over pages. The ending didn't feel complete, but then again, it is setting up for another book so I can't be too mad about it. For being a middle-grade book it has yet to leave me bored. I will keep reading Colfer's new books and hope that Goodreads adds the hardcover edition of this book as an option. It's been confirmed in my mind, Xanthous is very, very gay and I won't have a word against it. I love the characters in these books and I fall even further into my love for them with every chapter I read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    LyraFirefly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So. That just happened. 1. WHY DOES THE LOVE INTEREST HAVE TO BE THE BAD PERSON HUH?? 2. Smh. Brystal is literally the same person as Alex. Smart, nerdy, impressionable, and insecure. Literally everything else is good. 3.5 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shanthala Satish

    Ahhhh what a book! If and when ever i make a list of my favorite books, this one and its prequel will go right next to harry potter series. A Tale of Magic has been completely individual novel. You can read it without any background info and you can finish it without needing further details. It had a proper ending which doesn't make you expect a sequel. But A tale of witchcraft is completely different from that.. (Its basically shouting where's the prequelllll- where's the sequelllll) A tale of w Ahhhh what a book! If and when ever i make a list of my favorite books, this one and its prequel will go right next to harry potter series. A Tale of Magic has been completely individual novel. You can read it without any background info and you can finish it without needing further details. It had a proper ending which doesn't make you expect a sequel. But A tale of witchcraft is completely different from that.. (Its basically shouting where's the prequelllll- where's the sequelllll) A tale of witchcraft got a very phenomenal story with relatable characters. And overall enjoyable book with an open ending. Chris colfer made it very clear that there will be another book following this one and also he made sure we readers will wait eagerly to read that. I mean, come on... Who could've guessed those plot twists hitting us one after another right in the face! Seven, Righteous brotherhood, Lucy's rebellion, old billy, death personified!!! I got flabbergasted more that 3 times. Most fun part was when i read it with ishan(my 10 year old son)we ended up giggling madly each time lucy appeared and he went all blushing when there was a hint of romance in the air. As before, i loved lucy with all her flaws. In fact i like Lucy's character more than brystal herself. And the new characters of witchcraft school are also fun and interesting. Eagerly waiting for A tale of sorcery! _________ Lines to remember- The only thing in life that lasts forever is the fact that nothing lasts forever," Madame Weatherberry said. “Just like the weather, people have seasons, too—we all go through periods of rain and sunshine-but we can't let a particularly rough winter destroy our faith in the spring, otherwise we'll always be stuck in the snow." _____________________ Misery is like an animal, it needs food to survive-so starve it. Surround yourself with art and beauty that brightens your darkest days. Listen to music and poetry that always fill the cracks of your broken heart. Read quotes and passages that can soothe and motivate you when you feel the most discouraged. Spend time with people who make you laugh and distract you from your troubles. Nourish your soul and hopefully the mind will follow. However, if you find you can't help yourself, there's no shame in asking others for help. Sometimes asking for help is just as heroic as giving it. There are treatments and therapies and counselors that you could benefit from-but no one finds answers if they're too afraid to ask the questions. Don't let your pride tell you otherwise. - madam weatherberry - A tale of witchcraft

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was AMAZING! I love the specialties that the witches have because they are so creative and unique. But let me just get this out. WHY DID SEVEN HAVE TO BETRAY BRYSTAL!?!? He was so perfect for her..... or so we think. Did Seven even like The Tales of Tidbit Twitch? Anyway, I liked how some of the book was from Lucy’s perspective, and that we could read (hear?) her inner thoughts. Also, no wonder she doesn’t fit in with the fairies, because she’s a witch! But I have no problem with that. This book was AMAZING! I love the specialties that the witches have because they are so creative and unique. But let me just get this out. WHY DID SEVEN HAVE TO BETRAY BRYSTAL!?!? He was so perfect for her..... or so we think. Did Seven even like The Tales of Tidbit Twitch? Anyway, I liked how some of the book was from Lucy’s perspective, and that we could read (hear?) her inner thoughts. Also, no wonder she doesn’t fit in with the fairies, because she’s a witch! But I have no problem with that. I mean, Stitches, Sprout, and Beebee are all witches. I kind of predicted that Mistress Mara had some scheme going on, and at first I thought that the other witches were in on it (not including Pip). I do think it was a BIT weird that the witches guessed that Mistress Mara was the Daughter of Death and then they just happened to be right... But it was kind of cool that Brystal got to go to the space in between life and death. Also, Brystal is The Fairy Godmother (like, the one from The Land of Stories series)! I was kind of thinking that through A Tale of Magic... but I was also kind of like... “Does that time line really fit?” Also, I feel like they mentioned TFG’s real name in the main series but when I think back I guess not. And I was very confuzzled about the timeline part so I looked it up and I guess TFG is 150 yrs. old in The Land of Stories... god that’s old. I do kind of wish they had said something about like, WHO Brystal ends up marrying, you know? Like, who Alex and Conner’s grandfather is? Maybe in the next book because... YES! The book left off on a cliffhanger! Ok well that’s the end of the review thanks for reading.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Isabella (The Feminist Bookworm)

    This is the first book in the Land of Stories series I've given a rating other than 5 stars. I just felt this was kind of... bland? I wasn't super invested until the end, and I wanted more origin stories from major players in the original series. I am excited for the next book, as the seeds were planted for the subject of the next book, and I am definitely intrigued! I do still love this series and this world, though I don't think this prequel series will ever live up to the original series. This is the first book in the Land of Stories series I've given a rating other than 5 stars. I just felt this was kind of... bland? I wasn't super invested until the end, and I wanted more origin stories from major players in the original series. I am excited for the next book, as the seeds were planted for the subject of the next book, and I am definitely intrigued! I do still love this series and this world, though I don't think this prequel series will ever live up to the original series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Raven Hunden

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love this book

  22. 5 out of 5

    Grüffeline

    "Every hurricane seems endless from the center of the storm." Thank you, Chris! For another awesome book. 🤗 Chris Colfer really has yet to disappoint me with one of his novels. This one is no exception. The writing brilliant, the characters all so very different and amazing in their own way. The story is about friendship, magic, mental illness, being different, finding your own way in the world. There were twists I didn't see coming, references to The Land of Stories, amazing character developm "Every hurricane seems endless from the center of the storm." Thank you, Chris! For another awesome book. 🤗 Chris Colfer really has yet to disappoint me with one of his novels. This one is no exception. The writing brilliant, the characters all so very different and amazing in their own way. The story is about friendship, magic, mental illness, being different, finding your own way in the world. There were twists I didn't see coming, references to The Land of Stories, amazing character development... Why not 5 stars, I hear you asking. There were parts in this book that made reading really difficult. It's not the author's fault for not making this more enjoyable, it's the matter of what he writes about. Selfdoubt, depression. It's important to have books like this covering these topics but I really had to fight my way through these passages. They aren't supposed to be light reading (I had some difficulty to see this as a children's book at some point), I know that. It's important they aren't because the character has the same feelings. It's difficult just to live. Cris Colfer really let's the reader feel it. Plus, the chapters from Lucy's POV weren't exactly my cup of tea either, she's just not my favorite character and I find it difficult to be around her too much. Right now, I just want the next installment in my hands, I'm completely in love with Chris Colfer's work and the world with all the characters he created.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mimi 'Pans' Herondale

    So, not as good as the first. But I have hopes for the next book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Irma (~Bio Updated~) Jara

    A Tale of Witchcraft was an amazing book, but it did get my hopes down. I thought this book was going to be about witches and witchcraft, but only a couple of chapters explained it in full glory. Another thing is that I predicted too many scenes in this novel, unlike the last one which had my heart racing every sentence. The last thing is the ending. It was very abrupt. I found myself going past the acknowledgments to see if there was any more to the story. The Tale of Witchcraft is a phenomonal A Tale of Witchcraft was an amazing book, but it did get my hopes down. I thought this book was going to be about witches and witchcraft, but only a couple of chapters explained it in full glory. Another thing is that I predicted too many scenes in this novel, unlike the last one which had my heart racing every sentence. The last thing is the ending. It was very abrupt. I found myself going past the acknowledgments to see if there was any more to the story. The Tale of Witchcraft is a phenomonal book, though, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who likes books being cut off.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I AM LITERALLY CRYING RIGHT NOW!!! OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED!!! THIS SURPASSES EVERYTHING!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! THIS IS OUTSTANDING!!! HOLLY GOD!!!! THIS WAS EVERYTHING!!! I AM SCREAMING!!! THAT ENDING HAD ME DYING!!!! Info book 1: Fairy Godmother,” he announced. “Her real name is Brystal Evergreen, and she was a criminal from Chariot Hills! Last year she was arrested for female literacy and conjuring magic! She should have been executed for her crimes, but Brystal Evergreen was spared because of I AM LITERALLY CRYING RIGHT NOW!!! OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED!!! THIS SURPASSES EVERYTHING!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! THIS IS OUTSTANDING!!! HOLLY GOD!!!! THIS WAS EVERYTHING!!! I AM SCREAMING!!! THAT ENDING HAD ME DYING!!!! Info book 1: Fairy Godmother,” he announced. “Her real name is Brystal Evergreen, and she was a criminal from Chariot Hills! Last year she was arrested for female literacy and conjuring magic! She should have been executed for her crimes, but Brystal Evergreen was spared because of her father, Justice Evergreen. The Justice used his connections to lessen her punishment, and instead of death, she was sentenced to hard labor at the Bootstrap Correctional Facility for Troubled Young Women. But Brystal Evergreen was only there for a couple of weeks before she escaped! She fled to the southeast In-Between and joined a magical coven of fairies! She’s lived there ever since, developing her magical abilities with other fairies like her.” -The last time Brystal saw her brothers, Brooks and Barrie, she narrowly missed being executed on a courtroom floor. The last time she saw her father, Justice Evergreen, Brystal humiliated him in front of all the Justices in the Southern Kingdom. And the last time she saw her mother, Mrs. Evergreen, Brystal was told to leave home and find a better life Madame Weatherberry thought the only way the fairies could get the world’s acceptance was to create a problem that only the fairies could solve. She turned herself into a villain so her students could be the heroes. Our story starts with a mysterious society called the Righteous brotherhood: For generations, the principles and responsibilities of this Brotherhood have been passed down from father to eldest son in three hundred and thirty-three of the Southern Kingdom’s finest families. And on our fathers’ deathbeds, we each swore an oath to devote our entire existence—this lifetime, and whatever lies beyond it—to protecting and upholding our Righteous Philosophy.” The High Commander gestured a hand to the Brotherhood, and they passionately recited the Righteous Philosophy in perfect unison: “Mankind was meant to rule, and men to rule mankind.” -Commander continued. “Our ancestors carried out a plan to put King Champion I on the throne of the Southern Kingdom. And then they surrounded the young king with an advisory council of High Justices, who were under the Brotherhood’s control. Soon the Righteous Philosophy became the foundation of the mightiest kingdom on earth. The talking creatures were ostracized and stripped of rights, women were legally banned from reading books, as there were seen as the 'weaker' sex and magic became a criminal offense punishable by death for 600 years. -Brystal has brought magic back to the in-between and broadened madame Weatherberry's magical academy and woman/girls are allowed to read and have education!!! She and the fairy council travel the world to help people in all the kingdom -the righteous Brotherhood is going to KILL HER!!! to bring back their old Philosophy and ban magic once and for all!!! -in the Western kingdom, the Dam has collapsed!!! Through a letter the king asked for help. The council arrived and the people all love and adore them (before, they wanted fairies dead!!!) -brystal mended the dam with her wand but one councilmemeber/ friend Lucy wanted to gave the people a show, so she accidentally BROKE THE DAM AGAIN!!! but saved them too through an enchanted piano landslide - Brystal has a hard time dealing with all the fame, attention and adoration and is afraid it won't last, dark thoughts are tormenting her and the pressure is too much. Lucy blamed her for not giving the people a show and Brystal suspended her from the council! -she meets 8 year old Pip (her friend in the Bootstrap Correctional Facility) she tells pip: The world knows and loves me for a quality I used to hide and hate myself for,” she said. “And even though I know I have nothing to fear or be ashamed of, deep down, I’m still carrying that fear and shame with me. " -brystal got an invitation for her brother's Barrie's wedding!!! -emotional scene with her mother: it was— a horrible place . I didn’t think it was possible to change it. But then something amazing happened—someone came along and showed me nothing was impossible.” “Who?” Brystal asked. “ You , sweetheart,” Mrs. Evergreen said. “I thought, If my daughter can change the whole world, then I can make changes, too. Without your example, I would never have had the courage to stand up to your father. So in many ways, you did save me. And not just me—you’ve inspired thousands of other people to improve their lives, too. I hope you know how special that is.” Her older brother Brook tells her about prince Maximus who is next in line. He believes in the old ways and forms a threat to Brystal's legalisation!!!! (He is the new leader of the Brotherhood!!!!) -meets prince Gallivant (nickname Seven), the seventh son of Maximus and she has a CRUSH ON HIM!!! SOO CUTE After the vows: AN ATTACK FROM THE BROTHERHOOD!!! Seven took an ARROW for Brystal!!! She and the council ask Msr Vee about it- tells about the 333 clan -A mysterious carrgae barged into the academy with WITCHES IN IT!!! Mistress Mara and her 4 students want to recruit Brystal's students!!! Only PIP crosses over!!!! Everything Mistress Mara said about being different is exactly how I’ve been feeling—I’ve just never been able to explain why. Maybe the reason I feel so empty all the time is because I’m in the wrong place? Maybe I belong with the witches?” -sad scene for Brystal!!!! -Brystal goes to the north to the mountains to ask Madame Weatherberry for asvice- she finds the snow Queen trapped in ice: Madame has split herself into the snow queen and a Panthom of herself, to keep the snow squeen/evil side, locked up and blinded her. -she says:Just like the weather, people have seasons, too—we all go through periods of rain and sunshine—but we can’t let a particularly rough winter destroy our faith in the spring, otherwise we’ll always be stuck in the snow.” Such an inspirational scene!!!! -Lucy has followed her!!! She feels betrayed and leaves her by collapsing the mountain!!!! -lucy goes to RAVENCREST ACADEMY!!!! SHE'S GOING TO JOIN THE WITCHES!!! -meets Sprout, Hareiet, Beebee, and Stitches, they become her friends. Lucy has to finish her examination in order to enlist in the school -lucy was led by Old Ballie the goat illustration to Mara's studyroom, Hareiet told the Mistress, but was punished instead: SHE TRANSFORMS INTO A LYNX FOR 100 YEARS!! -pip and Lucy succeed the exams (they had to curse the people who did them wrong, Pip cursed the leaders of the bootstrap and Lucy the bodyshaming ballerinas into swans) Lucy accidentally eavesdropped on a conversation with the witch and a mysterious man with a ramskull masker (the one horned) they have an ALLIANCE!!! You do your part, I’ll do mine, and by this time next week, you and I will be unstoppable. King Champion XIV will be gone, the Fairy Godmother will be dead, and mankind will finally be held accountable for what they’ve done to us.” OMG!!! Lucy is going to stay at the Academy and discover what mara is up to!!! The enrolment ceremony: creepy ritual!!! they are being welcomed into the school and got their own necklace which hides there true identity. But the witch CURSED LUCY!!! -meanwhile: Brystal's thoughts are getting darker and darker, only an invitation from Seven gets her out of her office: they have an ADORABLE DATE!!! THEY ARE SOOO CUTE OMG!!! -suddenly they see a clansman!!! Brystal and seven follow him to the fortress and disguise themselves as clanmembers!!! Brystal goes to the meeting: the Brotherhood is furious with the king, because he didn't kill her at the wedding, but that was his plan al along, he wants to make her look weak to the public, so she loses her allies and then they are going to destroy her and isntal their Philosophy!!! -Brystal and seven go warn his father, but HE IS KILLED!!! Then Maximus BLAMES THE KING'S DEATH ON BRYSTAL!!!! seven begs her to leave him!! EMOTIONAL SCENE!!! -Lucy wakes up 'Beautiful' but she doesn't trust Mistress mara- she goes to Fairy territory: she and the council discover she is CURSED!!! Also Mistress Mara installed Ravencrest to search for a HOST FOR THE SHADOW BEAST!!! - a shadow beast curse: to enhance a witches power, the beast takes his host and then kills it!!!! They find the cure in that same book, Lucy blows up like a balloon and the monster leaves her!!! -Brystal fleed to the academy and asks Emerada to be her succeser, she has lost all hope and is completely devastated!!!! -the council and Lucy found out Mara CURSED BRYSTAL TOO!!! THE POISONS THOUGHTS WERE THE CURSE!!!! She surrenders and beholds a TERRIFYING ORDEAL: ALL 5 SONS ARE DEAD!!!! BUT A SIXTH TOO: KING MAXIMUS!!! WHAT THE HELL!!! HOW IS THAT. POSSIBLE!!! The Righteous king reveals himself... IT IS FREAKING SEVEN!!! HOW IN THE WORLD!!! I SCREAMED SO HARD!!! BIGGEST PLOTTWIST EVER!!!! Apparently he has so much hate in himself, he wants power and is seventh in line, so he KILLED THEM ALL!!!! -then Mistress Mara APPEARS!!! OMG WHAT!!!! She had the shadow beast!!!! the beast and her magic RAISE THE 999 DEAD MEN!!! OMFG I WAS SOO SCARED!!! THIS IS MADNESS!!! -after, seven SHOOTS AN ARROW AND KILLS MARA!!! WHAT THE!!! WHY!!!! HE PLAYED HIS OWN GAME !!! -His plan: I will claim the throne, and thanks to my invincible new soldiers, I will be the most powerful sovereign the world has ever known. My army Righteous Army of the Dead!” will expand the borders of my kingdom until every inch of this planet is under my control. We will turn this world into one glorious Righteous Empire, and we’ll destroy anything or anyone that stands in our way. world domination and obliterating all species that threaten us! THIS CHILD IS 16!!!! HE HAS LOST HIS FREAKING MIND!!! PANDEMONIUM!!!! - brystal is killed!!!!!! -in the between she finds clocks in trees, Mistress mara tells her she is the daughter of death!!!! “Death sent his daughter to earth, hoping the separation would help him understand human grief. Unfortunately for him, she found a way to stay on earth and live forever. The two never reunited and Death entered a state of eternal mourning.” -she confesses about her curse, and she joined the Seveb because she has lost so many and wanted revenge for all the mate mankind inflicted on the magical community. -Death is taking Brystal!!! Mara takes her place and Brystal makes a deal aith death: She has exactly one year to find and kill the Immortal with an ancient enchantment, and if time permitted, she could use the same enchantment to destroy the Righteous Army of the Dead.... WOW -she goes back to the living and Mara and death are reunite at last!!! -by trying to get out her grave, Brystal finds her inner strength, courage and power back and breaks free of the chains of her own mind 'fight the mind with the mind' INSPIRATIONAL SCENE!!!! -Lucy, the faries and the witches has come to he aid and fight the Brotherhood and the army of the dead!!!! -when all seems lost, MRS VEE APPEARS WITH AN ARMY OF KITCHEN UTENSILS!!! HILARIOUS SCENE!!!! they all escape and Seven swore revenge and destruction!!! But brystal doesn't let anything stop her: "we’re going to starve whatever misery they try to cause us. We’re going to fight sadness with laughter, we’re going to fight loneliness with friendship, we’re going to fight anger with gratitude, and we’re going to fight fear with hope. Because as long as we keep fighting, and as long as we keep our hope alive—the Brotherhood won’t stand a chance.” I HAVE NO WORDS... THIS WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carey

    Happy Pub Day to A Tale of Witchcraft! This is New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Colfer’s 2nd book in The Tale of Magic series. Brystal Evergreen attempts to keeps peace while the evil Righteous Brotherhood Clan threatens the peaceful kingdom. As in the first book, she has plenty of help from delightful fairies Tangerina, Skylene, Xanthous, Emerelda, and the beloved Madame Weatherby. Along the way Brystal struggles as her self-doubt pressures her to be something she’s not. She would rathe Happy Pub Day to A Tale of Witchcraft! This is New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Colfer’s 2nd book in The Tale of Magic series. Brystal Evergreen attempts to keeps peace while the evil Righteous Brotherhood Clan threatens the peaceful kingdom. As in the first book, she has plenty of help from delightful fairies Tangerina, Skylene, Xanthous, Emerelda, and the beloved Madame Weatherby. Along the way Brystal struggles as her self-doubt pressures her to be something she’s not. She would rather be a more unconventional faerie and, for instance, wear pantsuits instead of dresses, as expected. An unpredictable series of events places Lucy Goose into Mistress Mara’s Ravencrest School of Witchcraft where she joins fellow students Sprout, Stitches, Beebee, Hareiet, and Pip and their antics cracked me up! I loved these funny characters and found myself laughing out loud. Chris skillfully weaves the need for acceptance and equality into his story, as he informs the reader by example to be kind and understanding in today’s harshness of racism, discrimination, hate, patriarchy, and oppression. Chris’s books are written with middle grade readers in mind; however, I think “children” of all ages will enjoy them and immediately feel love for the characters. There are lessons in this book that will refresh our awareness of the world around us. “Spend time with people who make you laugh and distract you from your troubles. Nourish your soul and hopefully the mind will follow.” ~Madam Weatherby NUGGET GAINED: If you need help, ask for it! Thank you Chris Colfer and Little, Brown and Company for the advanced reader copy!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carsyn

    This book was pretty good! I loved Brystal's character development and how she managed to find herself even in her dark time, although Lucy is probably my favorite character; I adore her spunk. Overall I didn't think this book was quite as good as the first one, but it was still a very lighthearted and enjoyable read. This book was pretty good! I loved Brystal's character development and how she managed to find herself even in her dark time, although Lucy is probably my favorite character; I adore her spunk. Overall I didn't think this book was quite as good as the first one, but it was still a very lighthearted and enjoyable read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    Love everything Chris Colfer writes. Even better when I can listen to him narrate it!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (Diva Booknerd)

    As the kingdom celebrates the once isolated and persecuted magical community, Brystal is now academy administrator and along with Xanthous, Emerelda, Tangerina, Skylene and Lucy, the academy welcomes the wider community seeking solace within the sanctuary grounds. The northern conflict has been resolved, the land thawed and the Snow Queen has been banished under the northern lights but a new threat has emerged. The Righteous Brotherhood is a patriarchal organisation opposing the magical communit As the kingdom celebrates the once isolated and persecuted magical community, Brystal is now academy administrator and along with Xanthous, Emerelda, Tangerina, Skylene and Lucy, the academy welcomes the wider community seeking solace within the sanctuary grounds. The northern conflict has been resolved, the land thawed and the Snow Queen has been banished under the northern lights but a new threat has emerged. The Righteous Brotherhood is a patriarchal organisation opposing the magical community. While the community was isolated by the kingdom, the Brotherhood remained dormant and with Brystal's new found popularity, they have awoken to destroy the alliance the kingdom and fairy community has aligned. Brystal has found an unlikely but wonderfully charismatic ally in Prince Gallivant, affectionately known as Seven due to his lineage to the royal throne. The Brotherhood will stop at nothing to see their leader on the throne, including the decimation of the royal family and Brystal will risk her life to ensure the safety of the academy and community. One of my favourite aspects of the A Tale of Magic series is the societal and political undertones. How society often devalues the lives of minority communities and legislates, discriminates and excludes based on ethnicity, gender and sexualities. Brystal has matured into a wonderful young lady, confident and fiercely vigilant, protecting the community she embraces. A Tale of Witchcraft is very much Brystal's journey of acceptance and growth, learning who she is and her place within the world. Beautifully written and lovingly told, The Tale of Magic series is a wonderful exploration of adventure and found family, of wanting to belong and finding your place within the everchanging world. An absolute delight.

  30. 5 out of 5

    kate

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. this book lost the magic that a tale of magic... and the land of stories had. maybe my reading taste is evolving or something, but this book was disappointing, like some of the other books i read this year. 2020 has been a year of disappointing books. anyways, this book didn’t feel very magical; rather, it felt pretty dull. the characters didn’t really have that much character too them, maybe except for brystal. i literally don’t remember the witches and their names/looks/special abilities. i di this book lost the magic that a tale of magic... and the land of stories had. maybe my reading taste is evolving or something, but this book was disappointing, like some of the other books i read this year. 2020 has been a year of disappointing books. anyways, this book didn’t feel very magical; rather, it felt pretty dull. the characters didn’t really have that much character too them, maybe except for brystal. i literally don’t remember the witches and their names/looks/special abilities. i didn’t like the writing style; idk if it’s just me noticing things as i get older, but the writing wasn’t very good, and i’m not sure if it’s always been that way since i read the land of stories series in like fourth-fifth grade? idk. i guess i liked the idea of the plot, but it just wasn’t pulled off well. it was kinda boring. and it felt like this book was trying to be funny with its jokes but failed. the plot twists weren’t surprising at all. i kinda just found myself trying to read as quickly as i could in order to finish the book. i considered stopping reading after about 100-150 pages, but i didn’t, and i regret that. overall, this book just gave me a bad vibe. i guess something good about this book was brystal’s negative thoughts being relatable/realistic? not sure how i feel about them being a curse, but i did find them relatable since i do experience similar negative thoughts. sorry for being so harsh with this unorganized review though lol i really loved the land of stories, it was just this one book :) i don’t think i will be continuing to read this series though :(

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