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A Tale of Magic...
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Author Chris Colfer
Original title A Tale Of Magic...
Cover Artist Brandon Dorman
Publication information
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date October 1, 2019
Genre Fiction
Pages 497
ISBN 978-0-316-49600-1 (Hardcover)

978-510-20212-2 (paperback)

Preceded by Unknown
Followed by A Tale of Witchcraft
Chapter Subpages
Chapter subpages None

"A Tale of Magic..." is a children's fiction novel which is the prequel of The Land of Stories series, written by Chris Colfer. The book was published on October 1, 2019, by Little, Brown and Company (a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.), New York.

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the Academy of Magic, where things are not at all what they seem.

Fourteen-year-old Brystal Evergreen has always known she was destined for great things–that is, if she can survive the oppressive Southern Kingdom. Her only escape are books, but since it’s illegal for women to read in her country, she has to find creative ways of acquiring them. Working as a maid at her local library gives her the perfect excuse to be near them and allows her to sneak a few titles home when no one is looking. But one day, Brystal uncovers a secret section of the library and finds a book about magic that changes her life forever.

Magic is despised and outlawed throughout the world – Brystal is well aware of the severe consequences the book may bring—but her curiosity gets the best of her. By reading some of the text aloud, strange phenomena begin to occur and Brystal discovers she is capable of magic! And the more she practices it, the harder it becomes to hide.

After being caught and convicted for the use of magic, Brystal is saved by a mysterious woman named Madame Weatherberry. The woman takes Brystal to her Academy of Magic and teaches her to become a fairy. While Brystal studies magic and befriends the other students, Madame Weatherberry is suddenly called away on suspicious matters. When she doesn’t return, Brystal and her friends work together to find and save their instructor. Along the way, the students discover Madame Weatherberry’s true intentions for the academy are not what they seem, and they come face to face with a sinister plot that puts the fate of the world, and the fate of magic itself, in grave danger…

Dedications & Acknowledgements


To all the brave people who dared to be themselves during a time that didn't accept them. Thanks to you, I get to be me.


I'd like to thank Rob Weisbach, Derek Kroeger, Alla Plotkin, Rachel Karten, Marcus Colen and Heather Manzutto for all their guidance and assistence. All the wonderful people at Little Brown, including Alvina Ling, Megan Tingley, Nikki Garcia, Jessica Shoffel, Sienna Koncsol, Stefanie Hoffman, Shawn Forster, Danielle Cantarella, Jackie Engel, Emilie Polster, Janelle DeLuise, Ruqayyah Daud, Jen Graham, Sasha Illingworth, Virginia Lawther, and Chandra Wohleber for making A Tale of Magic... possible. Also, Jerry Maybrook for directing me through the audiobooks, and of course for the incredible Brandon Dorman for his breathtaking artwork. And finally, all my friends and family for their continued love and support.

Main Plot

SPOILER WARNING: Plot details follow.
The book tells us the story of Brystal Lynn Evergreen as she moves on from being an oppressed girl in the Southern Kingdom to being the Fairy Godmother. Brystal is tested in ways never imagined making new friends along the way who help each other.

Plot by Chapter

Prologue: An Unexpected Audience

Madame Weatherberry go with her apprentices Tangerina Turkin and Skylene Lavenders to King Champion's palace to persuade him to give her the permission to start a magic academy. It wasn’t surprising that the King did not agree at first, but he eventually got persuaded and granted Madame Weatherberry the permission.

Chapter 1: Books and Breakfast

Brystal Evergreen is caught reading by her mother. Mrs. Evergreen scolds Brystal and take away her books. Brystal's brother Barrie breaks a button on his coat and Brystal helps him to study for his justice examination while she fixes his button.

Chapter 2: A Sign

Brystal goes to the Chariot Hills School for Future Wives and Mothers. Later that day, she signs up to become the maid for the Chariot Hills Library to secretly get new books to read. When she goes home, Barrie told her that he passed the law test. She pretends to volunteer at the Home for the Hopeless to hide her time at the library.

Chapter 3: Justices Only

At one day at the library Brystal fell asleep while reading. Next morning she wake up and hurry to her house. She get caught by her mother. In the following week she doesn't read as long as this day in the library. Later in this week she finds a secret section for "Justices only" in the library where are banned books. She read them and find out some secrets about the Southern Kingdom. Every author of the books were killed because of "conspiracy against the kingdom".

Chapter 4: The Truth About Magic

Brystal have read nearly all books of the secret section. As she read the last book "The Truth About Magic" she decides to find out if she's a fairy or not. Brystal read a passage aloud and suddenly some flowers appears in the room. She's afraid of what she has done and pretend the following days she never explored the secret section. Days later she tries it out again and the room is covered in orbs. But Brystal got caught by the librarian, Mr. Woolsore, and two guards. They arrest Brystal.

Chapter 5: Trial By Family

Brystal finds out that her brother Brooks is her Defense Deputy Justice and her trial is going to overseen by Justice Oldragaid, the enemy of Brystal's father. But he doesn't know that Brystal is his enemy's daughter. One night Brystal is woken up by guards. Brooks tells her that her trial starts now because Oldragaid found out that she is Justice Evergreen's daughter. They lock Brystal in a cage and throw a sheet over it so no one can see her. The Prosecution Deputy, who is her brother Barrie, is brought in. Brooks isn't allowed to tell him who the "criminal" in the cage is. Barrie recommend the maximum penalty which means "execution". Oldragain said that the execution should happen immediately. Barrie is horrified of what he've done. But before the executioner cut Brystal's head down, her father storms in the room and stops the execution. Now Brystal has to be sent to the Bootstrap Correctional Facility For Troubled Young Woman.

Chapter 6: The Bootstrap Correctional Facility For Troubled Young Women

In the facility Brystal makes a new friend, Pip. Pip was caught doing something which she shouldn't have and was about to get punished when Brystal took her blame. Suddenly, a woman named Madame Weatherberry comes in a carriage driven by unicorns into the facility. She takes Brystal with the permission of the king out of the facility.

Chapter 7: Permission

Madame Weatherberry offers Brystal a chance to become a better version of herself. As they talk about it in the carridge, Brystal agrees. They take permission of Brystal's parents, to be exact Brystal's mother, to join the academy due to Justice Evergreen not agreeing.

Chapter 8: The Boy of Fire and the Girl of Emeralds

While going to the academy they pick up two children; a boy named Xanthous Hayfield who is capable of fire magic, and a girl named Emeralda Stone who can turn anything into a gemstone.

Chapter 9: Madame Weatherberry's Academy of Magic

After reaching the Academy, the three children are mesmerized by the place. They also meet two apprentices: Tangeria Turkin who controls a swarm of bees and Skylene Lavenders who has a stream of water flowing down her head instead of hair. They also have a housekeeper named Mrs. Vee, who is in charge of cooking all the meals in the castle.

Chapter 10: The Musician's Daughter

Brystal meets Lucy and overhears her parents talking to Madame Weatherberry. It was also suspected that she was a witch and Lucy didn't want to become one. Hearing this interests Brystal, but she also wants to cheer Lucy up. So she whips up a chocolate birthday cake, and heads to Lucy's room. Lucy didn't accept this offer at first, suspicious of Brystal. Lucy accuses Brystal of spying on her, which she gives into. But the cake Brystal kindly made for her, was lovely so Lucy gave Brystal a second chance. After some talking together, the two believe that they would be good partners in crime.

Chapter 11: Magiclexia

The apprentices and students ignore Lucy after encountering her insults. They have their first lesson. But Brystal’s magic seems to constantly backfire, and she is scared of Madame Weatherberry losing hope in her. After discussing the matter with her teacher, Brystal learns she has a disorder called Magiclexia. Brystal gets a wand from her teacher to help her, and excels in her classes, leaving the apprentices jealous at her progress.

Chapter 12: The Unwanted

Four witches come to the academy and talk to Madame Weatherberry. She decide to go away with the witches but doesn't say why. Brystal takes this opportunity to spy on her teacher, and find out what’s going on. But the more she learns, the more questions fill her head.

Chapter 13: The Watcher in the Woods

Lucy and Tangerina exchange hurtful comments, so Lucy runs away into the in between to find her parents, while leaving a note of her whereabouts on her door room. Brystal is shocked to see this happen, so she quickly heads off to try and find Lucy. After some arguing and persuading, Lucy finally agrees to come back to the academy. They had the misfortune to come across witch hunters, so without thinking, they starting running. Thanks to Horence, he saves their lives and escorts them back to the academy. But Madame Weatherberry is there! Misunderstanding the matter, she scolds Brystal and Lucy, demanding them to stay in their rooms until further notice.

Chapter 14: Anger

Brystal feels heartbroken for breaking her teacher's trust. And she feels worse when Tangerina tells her that Madame Weatherberry would like to talk to Brystal. Brystal doesn't feel eager to face another wave of Madame Weatherberry's disappointment, but listens to Tangerina anyways. Brystal learns that Madame Weatherberry was utterly exhausted, and did not understand the situation at first. Madame Weatherberry apologizes to Brystal, which she immediately accepted. The teacher explains how there are people in the world that believe that people who are capable are magic, should simply be punished just for existing.

Chapter 15: Circle of Secrets

Chapter 16: Promises

Chapter 17: The In-Between

Chapter 18: The Girl of Flowers and the Tree of Truth

Chapter 19: The Northern Front

Chapter 20: The Snow Queen

They fight the snow queen and the witches. When Brystal went to kill the Snow Queen, she finds out that it was Madame Weatherberry, who she sacrificed her life as a plan, so magic could be embraced. But instead of killing the Snow Queen, Brystal sends her to seclusion.

Chapter 21: Demands

The fairies tell the kings to abolish all the laws against women and magical creatures in order for them to guard the kings kingdoms. The justices disagree, only to learn that the King has already agreed to these demands.

Chapter 22: The Tale of Magic



The French version of A Tale of Magic