Book Title & Alexandra's Review

A Tale of Magic… (A Tale of Magic #1) by Chris Colfer

6th Grade and Up


In a world where magic is outlawed, Brystal Evergreen’s life is about to change forever…

When Brystal 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?


This story is a prequel to the ‘Land of Stories’ series and lays down the foundation and history of what happened in the years before the original series started.


The Land of Stories was a different place before the Bailey twins arrived. It was a world of twisted monarchs and a sadistic government. The two biggest themes this story covers are oppression and prejudice. Unlike other stories featuring these issues, it is explained why it happens and where all the hatred is coming from and broken down in a way that even a child can understand how pointless it all is. This story is full of meaningful messages about accepting other peoples’ differences and not hating others for just existing. But it has more important messages to offer. It has adventure, wholesome funny characters, and most importantly, MAGIC. You’ll recognize many characters, spot a few Easter eggs and questions you didn’t know you had will be answered.


I went to a Chris Colfer book signing held at a faraway Barnes and Nobles. My mom and I had to stand in line for over two hours, but I brought Dude with me, so he kept us entertained along with everyone around us. I got to talk to Chris Colfer for a whole 40 seconds. I told him I love how he narrates the audiobooks and all the voices he does, especially the voices of Mother Goose and Cindy (the Book Huggers member with the mouth full of braces). I told him how I theorized that he puts marbles in his mouth to make the voice and he told me he puts in his retainer to make the voice. His face lit up when he saw Dude. I lifted him up the best I could, and Chris Colfer patted his head. Here’s photographic proof:



Now I can say that Chris Colfer patted my service dog on the head.


Before I wrap this review up, here are a few of my favorite Chris Colfer YouTube clips I’d like to share:

Jimmy Fallon Interviews Chris Colfer:

New York Live TV Interview:

Chris Colfer & Conan Play with Ninja Darts:


This is just book one in what I’m hoping will be a long multiple book series. I have no idea where Chris Colfer is going with this story, but I’m going along for the ride.


This weeks’ Weird but True Fact about a Dumb Law

It’s against the law in Kentucky, U.S.A., to carry an ice-cream cone in your pocket.

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