The Land of Stories (Book #3): A Grimm Warning

by Chris Colfer

Other authorsBrandon Dorman (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2014



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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2014), 480 pages


Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him--until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code. Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother ... but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council? When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Conner and Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day. But nothing can prepare them for the coming battle ... or for the secret that will change the twins' lives forever.


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480 p.; 5.75 inches

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LibraryThing member lindamamak
Third installment of the Land of Stories finds the Alex and Connor battling an army of French solider's who have been trapped in between the Land of Stories and the real world for two hundred years.
LibraryThing member jwarbler
This one might be my favorite of the series, if only because it's not a collection narrative like the first two. Also, all the side characters are so intriguing!
LibraryThing member jessica7751
I'm up to date with the series and all I could just say is it keeps getting better and better keep up the great work Chris Colfer
LibraryThing member lissabeth21
Fast-paced, inventive, time-traveling, dimension-hopping, crazy cliff hangers....this book was phenomenal! I cannot wait for #4!!
LibraryThing member benuathanasia
This series is growing on me. Colfer's narration is a nightmare, but the story itself is nice.
LibraryThing member ladypembroke
Entertaining and fun, but darker than the previous ones. Nice touch with the historical component.
LibraryThing member bragan
Book three in the Land of Stories kids' series, about an alternate dimension full of fairy tale characters and the twin brother and sister who discover they have an important connection to it. In this one, they have to deal with a two-hundred-year-old army that is coming with the intention of
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conquering the Land of Stories for Napoleon, among other things.

I thought the first two books were fun, if a little slow to get going, but I'm afraid I didn't find this one nearly as engaging. Honestly, I thought the plot was a bit dull -- much more so than it seemed like it should have been, given the premise -- and a lot of the story details just didn't quite work for me. It did read pretty fast, but somehow it felt like it was dragging a bit, anyway.

Oh, well. At least I still find this series' version of Little Red Riding Hood weirdly entertaining. And it this installment does set up some potentially interesting mysteries for the second half of the series.
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LibraryThing member TBones
This was such a fantastic addition to this series! So much action in this one and a crazy cliffhanger!
LibraryThing member Cecrow
It takes at least a hundred pages for this third book to start revealing its story, with Colfer spending a lot of setup time on Alex and Conner's separate lives. Alex's fairy powers and her magic unicorn are a bit too cute, and when she conjures up the magic path ... if she can do it that easily, I
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guess she's practically omnipotent (when the author wants her to be)? The rules for magic in this world haven't been fully thought out, which makes it prone to solving any problem at the drop of the author's whim. On top of this, the military tactics used by both sides are weak in the extreme, which is credible for the fairies but not so much for the French general. Fortunately armies can teleport across the map at a moment's notice, providing an opportunity to explain to the young reader in your family what 'deus ex machina' means.

Of course the target audience doesn't notice or care because of the funny bits (Trollbella being the highlight), awkward teenage romance in bloom, fun surprise reveals and relationships (the author at his most creative), and the twins still standing up to enormous odds with their determination and good will. The only laziness that might be noticed is Colfer's new propensity for exhaustively listing things: exactly who is in which carriage, exactly who is tied to what stake, etc. The series template still works but it's getting rough around the edges, and this is only book three.
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