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Do you believe... ... in a mystical land beyond the boundaries of the mundane world... ... ruled by a beautiful queen who was once a mortal like you and me... ... who may have sired the most powerful sorcerer of our world? In the finest high fantasy tradition, this companion volume to Vertigo's ongoing Books of Magic series collects for the first time the acclaimed Books of Fa Do you believe... ... in a mystical land beyond the boundaries of the mundane world... ... ruled by a beautiful queen who was once a mortal like you and me... ... who may have sired the most powerful sorcerer of our world? In the finest high fantasy tradition, this companion volume to Vertigo's ongoing Books of Magic series collects for the first time the acclaimed Books of Faerie miniseries, featuring the story of Titania, Queen of Faerie. Also included is the much sought-after Arcana Annual, featuring an early tale of young mage Timothy Hunter and his journeys in the magical realms. Originally published in single magazine form as The Books of Faerie 1-3 and Arcana Annual 1.


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Do you believe... ... in a mystical land beyond the boundaries of the mundane world... ... ruled by a beautiful queen who was once a mortal like you and me... ... who may have sired the most powerful sorcerer of our world? In the finest high fantasy tradition, this companion volume to Vertigo's ongoing Books of Magic series collects for the first time the acclaimed Books of Fa Do you believe... ... in a mystical land beyond the boundaries of the mundane world... ... ruled by a beautiful queen who was once a mortal like you and me... ... who may have sired the most powerful sorcerer of our world? In the finest high fantasy tradition, this companion volume to Vertigo's ongoing Books of Magic series collects for the first time the acclaimed Books of Faerie miniseries, featuring the story of Titania, Queen of Faerie. Also included is the much sought-after Arcana Annual, featuring an early tale of young mage Timothy Hunter and his journeys in the magical realms. Originally published in single magazine form as The Books of Faerie 1-3 and Arcana Annual 1.

30 review for The Books of Faerie

  1. 4 out of 5

    PurplyCookie

    I've always had a special tendre for fairy tales for as long as I can remember (having read Grimm, Andersen, etc.) which explains why I would read anything linked to it. Double whammy on this one since it's not only about the fantastical world that is of Fay but one that's linked to Queen Titania as created by Gaiman & Vess (see "Sandman Library"). Carlton gives us the origin story of Queen Titania of Faerie (was I ever surprised to learn that King Auberon isn't her first husband) and that Timoth I've always had a special tendre for fairy tales for as long as I can remember (having read Grimm, Andersen, etc.) which explains why I would read anything linked to it. Double whammy on this one since it's not only about the fantastical world that is of Fay but one that's linked to Queen Titania as created by Gaiman & Vess (see "Sandman Library"). Carlton gives us the origin story of Queen Titania of Faerie (was I ever surprised to learn that King Auberon isn't her first husband) and that Timothy Hunter (of Gaiman's "The Books of Magic") is her offspring! Okay, mental note to self: have to read "The Books of Magic" once more. By lending such a bleak world that is 11th century England & that of the accompanying plague gives the reader a foil that enables one to understand why Rosebud/Titania is the way she is, and of the choices she made since leaving the Earthworld. The mini-series gives one more questions than answers...yet engages me all the more. Book Details: Title The Books of Faerie Author Bronwyn Carlton;Neil Gaiman (Consultant) Reviewed By Purplycookie

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lia

    Fun, but flawed. My kind of subject matter, but kind of lacklustre. Like, why did the Faeries celebrate weddings and funerals in a chapel-like setting? Why did they even live in a human-looking stone castle? Why the gender stereotypes of the warring males and the stay-at-home females gathering flowers for the morning room? This is FAERIE! It should be more wild and less human. Where's the magic? The faeries could have been humans only with green skin and pointy ears. What was magic other than what Fun, but flawed. My kind of subject matter, but kind of lacklustre. Like, why did the Faeries celebrate weddings and funerals in a chapel-like setting? Why did they even live in a human-looking stone castle? Why the gender stereotypes of the warring males and the stay-at-home females gathering flowers for the morning room? This is FAERIE! It should be more wild and less human. Where's the magic? The faeries could have been humans only with green skin and pointy ears. What was magic other than what King Obrey did to Queen Dymphna? There was very little sense of otherness. *sigh* Also, I was hoping to figure out what the deal was with the Amadan. Guess I have to read the whole series. I was planning to anyway. Other than such things, it was fun and the art was lovely.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fate's Lady

    I enjoyed the part of the story that was set in faerie. The rest didn't interest me, so I only skimmed it. The art was colorful and pretty, and although the story had some dark elements, it wasn't overwhelming.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lynna

    I picked this up without knowing that it was a spin-off miniseries of another series called the Books of Magic. I enjoyed the first part of the book which dealt with Titania's back-story but I couldn't build up any interest in the last story focusing on the main characters of the Books of Magic series. I love the character designs and the art in general of the faerie portion, and the story's cast of characters are interesting. I'm especially impressed with the writing of Titania's character sinc I picked this up without knowing that it was a spin-off miniseries of another series called the Books of Magic. I enjoyed the first part of the book which dealt with Titania's back-story but I couldn't build up any interest in the last story focusing on the main characters of the Books of Magic series. I love the character designs and the art in general of the faerie portion, and the story's cast of characters are interesting. I'm especially impressed with the writing of Titania's character since she's given several unattractive character traits (mainly arrogance and selfishness) yet I still found her likable and compelling as the main character.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jodie

    The first half of the book is great. As a fan of the Books of Magic I'd give it a higher rating, but as a stand alone book it suffers. The inclusion of Arcana: the Books of Magic Annual as the second half seems a poor choice as it's barely about Faerie. The story isn't terrible, but it's more of an intro to the Children's Crusade, which leaves the reader hanging, and takes place before the first half of the book chronologically

  6. 5 out of 5

    KV Taylor

    I reviewed this tpb collection for Fae Awareness Month riiiiiight here, along with Auberon's Tale. I'd give Titania's actual story a 4, and the rest of them a 3 for being generally cool to read, but not as pretty and less interesting in terms of a tpb. A cool introduction to the ongoing series, though. Overall that makes this more of a 3.5. I reviewed this tpb collection for Fae Awareness Month riiiiiight here, along with Auberon's Tale. I'd give Titania's actual story a 4, and the rest of them a 3 for being generally cool to read, but not as pretty and less interesting in terms of a tpb. A cool introduction to the ongoing series, though. Overall that makes this more of a 3.5.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I just really don't like this series. This had potential at the beginning, I liked Tatiana's back story, but once it got back into Tim's story it was awful. So far I've read three authors trying to tell his story and none of them have intrigued me or entertained me at all, I just don't have any desire to read any farther.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jacquel

    As a reader of all things fantasy and science fiction, I was totally unprepared to read this book, since I had never read a graphic novel before I picked the book. But as I read the book, I found myself enjoying the story of Queen Titania and her world. The story lived up to its hype and I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes graphic novels, fantasy and science fiction.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Izlinda

    This book focuses primarily on Queen Titania, and also Timothy Hunter of the Books of Magic. I only the first Books of Magic book, by Neil Gaiman, so I was unsure about the Falconer and what ties he had. However, this includes a nice background story about Queen Titania, and leaves one to wonder about a prophecy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Virdilak

    The story of Titania. Ties into The Books of Magic and Sandman. Pretty good, it's interesting to see the transformation from a young, innocent girl to the childish and cruel second most powerful being in Faerie. Art is mostly good as well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    The first and second sections of this graphic novel differ greatly. I loved the first section. It was like dipping a toe into fairy lore. The second section seemed haphazardly plotted and it was at times hard to follow. I ended up reading it twice, but still much preferring the first section.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bookkitten (collector of nice things)

    The story of the Queen of Faeries, Titania, and a kind of prequel of the Books Of Magic.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Beautiful comic writing and art, all around a lovely series. search ISBN 978-1852869168 for the whole series (4 comics together) to find the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    I love all things fae so when Walter brought home these comics I of course went to reading them. I enjoyed the perspective of the story. Loved the art work.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dony Grayman

    Primer tomo de The Books of Faerie. Recopila la miniserie homónima más el anual Arcana.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cibele Andrade

    Didn't quite capture a fairy spirit in story, by its Books of Magic nonetheless...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diedre Poellnitz

    It was good until the last chapter..in which I was lost to what was going on

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I am not at all surprised that I liked this comic considering that the writer had worked with Neil Gaiman on this.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gacktdear

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leenalsaawy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hafsa

  22. 4 out of 5

    Deeb O'doyle

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kaniballos

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deb

  26. 4 out of 5

    Toucansamantha

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anggitaputri

  28. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Regan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erin Freed

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