It’s been almost two years since Chris Colfer wrapped his #1 New York Times Bestselling children’s book series The Land of Stories. While we got to have six adventures with twins Alex and Conner Bailey in the Fairy-Tale World and we left with them saving both that world and our own, we knew that there were plenty more journeys yet to be taken in the TLOS universe. And we do not have long to wait to embark on the next one.
Last Friday, Colfer took to his socials to announce that there was a “Big reveal coming this Monday [March 4].
Buckle up! Big reveal coming this Monday! 🤗 pic.twitter.com/K6l9KFXEUu
— Chris Colfer (@chriscolfer) March 1, 2019
Today, Colfer shared the new book cover which has been illustrated by the fabulously talented Brandon Dorman, which has been confirmed with a release date of October 1.
— Chris Colfer (@chriscolfer) March 4, 2019
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Colfer explained the reason why he has chosen to tell the story of the new Kingdom of the Fairy-Tale World.
There are children in this country who think the flag is supposed to be at half mast, so needless to say, it’s an interesting time to be a middle grade author. I wanted to write a book that, not only takes my young readers on a whimsical adventure, but also helps them cope with our challenging and ever-changing reality. But most importantly, I wanted to tell a story that teaches children to ‘never surrender your joy or your ambition to the times you live in.’ ”
Read the full synopsis below:
A new series set in the Land of Stories universe from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Chris Colfer, perfect for new and old fans!
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, 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…
It definitely sounds like the magic of TLOS will continue in A Tale of Magic… and Brystal will soon own a place in our hearts alongside Alex and Conner. Here’s hoping some of our friends from the original series make special appearances (especially Mother Goose and the Fairy Godmother).
Entertainment Weekly also have an excerpt of the upcoming book which you can check out below:
Excerpt from A Tale of Magic…, by Chris Colfer
King Champion tensed his brow and glanced at Madame Weatherberry as if she were speaking a foreign language. “Witchcraft?” he mocked. “I’ve never heard of such a thing.”