The Land of Stories
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|Genre||Children's fiction, adventure and fantasy|
|Publisher||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Media type||Print (hardcover and paperback), audiobook, e-book|
|No. of books||8|
The Land of Stories is a series of children's fiction, adventure and fantasy books written by American author, actor and singer Chris Colfer. The first book, The Wishing Spell, was released on July 17, 2012. The sixth book was published in July 2017. During a live video chat, Colfer revealed plans for a prequel series, which have now been published. The books are described by Colfer as a "modern-day fairy tale", following twins Alex and Conner Bailey as they fall from the real world into a world full of fairy tales they have only ever read about before and discovering there is more to this world than meets the eye.
The Wishing Spell
The first book in the series, The Wishing Spell was published on July 17, 2012.
A year and 9 months have gone by since twins Alex and Conner Bailey suffered the tragic loss of their father. Their mother is trying to balance her job and her family after her husband, John Bailey, was killed in a car accident. On Alex and Conner's twelfth birthday, their grandmother gives them a very old book from Alex and Conner's childhood, which Alex later realizes mysteriously glows, hums, and also that things disappear into it. Against Conner's advice to throw the book away, Alex keeps the book and eventually reaches into it. Conner barges in to stop Alex from going into the book, but Alex loses her balance because she was shocked and falls into the book. Conner jumps in as well to go after Alex. They find out the book is a portal to the fairy-tale world. There, they meet Froggy, a man turned into a frog. Froggy gives them a journal that tells of the Wishing Spell, a spell that can grant whatever wish the person wants if the person has eight items. To get back to their world, Alex and Conner must find the items that they need to complete the Wishing Spell. But bad news quickly follows. They later meet another person who was later identified as the Huntsman's daughter. Alex and Conner realize that the Huntsman's daughter is working for the Evil Queen to get the Wishing Spell as well, and worse, since the Wishing Spell can only be used twice, and the author of the journal about the Wishing Spell had already used it once, it could be only used once more, yet there are two contestants. The Evil Queen gets this message from her magic mirror as well, so there begins a desperate race to get the Wishing Spell. While they are getting the ingredients for the Wishing spell, Alex and Conner come across many tales that their father had once told them. After a while, they have to face the conclusion that their father came from the Fairytale World...
Finally, when Alex and Conner get all the items for the Wishing Spell, the Evil Queen kidnaps them and takes the items, and goes to her hiding place, in the north of the Sleeping Kingdom. There, Conner tries to prevent the Evil Queen from using the Wishing Spell by smashing the container of fairy tears, one of the items needed in the Wishing Spell. The Evil Queen tells them the story of where she came from. When the Evil Queen was little, she was named Evly, and she was a very kind and caring girl. She fell in love with a young boy named Mira, but the Enchantress captured her and stopped her from meeting him. Evly tried to send secret messages to Mira, but the Enchantress found out and imprisoned Mira in a mirror. Evly later killed the Enchantress, but she couldn't do anything to bring Mira back until she found out about the Wishing Spell. By then, Alex is in tears. The Evil Queen gets a few of Alex's tears, puts it with the items of the Wishing Spell, and somehow the Wishing Spell works! Mira is freed from the magic mirror, but he was almost already dead. Just then the rescue team, led by Froggy, arrived. Mira died in Evly's arms, and they are both swallowed up by the mirror when it falls. In the fighting that follows, the Huntsman and his daughter are killed, and Alex and Conner are rescued. Froggy is found to be the long-lost Prince Charlie from the Charming Kingdom, and Alex and Conner learn that their grandmother is the Fairy Godmother, who is capable of making portals between the Otherworld and the fairy-tale world, and the journal is written by the man who had completed the Wishing Spell years before was written by their father: therefore, Alex and Conner are a part fairy. Alex and Conner get back to their mother through a portal made by their grandmother into the Otherworld after Cinderella's child's christening.
The Enchantress Returns
The Enchantress Returns is the second book in the series and was published on August 6, 2013.
Alex heads home after attending school and finds her brother Conner, who is worried because their mother has yet to come home from work. He also found a romantic note to their mother from a surgeon she worked with named Dr Bob, who brought them a puppy. When Charlotte comes home, Alex and Conner ask if Charlotte has a boyfriend. Their mother tells them that it's true. Later on, Bob goes to see the twins and tells them about his plan to propose to their mother. He shows them the ring, which has two large diamonds on it, one pink and one blue to represent the twins. When Bob asks the twins for permission about the proposal, Conner and Alex decide that this would make both Bob and their mom happy, so they agree.
All three then decided to surprise Charlotte with a special dinner at the Bailey house the next Thursday at six. Alex returns home as quickly as she can from a course she was taking at a community college, and Bob tells the people he works with at the hospital to keep Charlotte busy so she won't come home early. The twins' mother, Charlotte Bailey, doesn't show up on time, but another nurse at the hospital says that she had left two hours ago. They then hear a mysterious knock at the door and a bunch of fairy tale soldiers from the Charming Kingdom barge in. Bob (Who was very shocked) was originally doubtful but he later accepts that the Fairy Tale world exists. The twins' grandmother, the Fairy Godmother, enters and explains that their mother was kidnapped. While their grandmother attends to her own business, Xanthous (a member of the Fairy Council) and Sir Lampton (their father's old friend) watch over them until Mother Goose takes over babysitting the twins. Later, Alex gives Mother Goose bubbly until she becomes drunk, and Alex asks her for information, which she unknowingly gives.
Alex discovers that her mother was captured by Ezmia, "the Enchantress", who cursed Sleeping Beauty as a young baby, and that the Sleeping Kingdom was in ruin. Since she couldn't get to the Land of Stories through the book, she sneaks out of the house and bikes to her Grandmother's house, hoping to find a way to the Land of Stories. The next day, she almost falls off of a bridge. Unexpectedly, Conner saves her and admits that he had followed her. They eventually go to their grandmother's house, which had a glowing painting in it. Alex knows that this is a portal to the other world. Suddenly, Alex and Conner find themselves in The Land of Stories. They eventually find Froggy, who is once again in frog form as a disguise, after being turned back into a human at the end of the first book. All three travel to the Red Riding Hood Kingdom, where the Enchantress seemed to be destroying symbolic historic sights. Alex and Conner then attend a meeting only for the kings and queens by persuading Red to wear a dress that they could hide under. At the meeting, the Enchantress captures Alex and Conner's grandmother, revealing that she had captured 'Alex', but instead got Charlotte, their mother, who pretended to be Alex. At Red's castle, Conner learns of something called the Wand of Wonderment, which makes the holder invincible. To create it, one must find the six most valuable things of the six most hated people in the world. To help find all the items, Red asks the villagers to all pitch in to make a flying ship out of all her baskets.
When the ship is completed, Alex, Conner, Red, Froggy, Goldilocks, and Jack fly the ship across The Land of Stories. They obtain the ice sceptre of The Snow Queen, the wedding ring of Cinderella's stepmother, the giant's harp, the glass from the Evil Queen's mirror, and the jewels of the Sea Witch. However, they are unclear on what the Enchantress's most prized possession is. After landing in the Troll and Goblin territory, they discover that Trollbella is now queen and that Bob travelled to the Land of Stories as well. They meet the reflection of the Evil Queen in the Eastern Kingdom, who says that the Enchantress' most prized possession is her pride.
The Enchantress uses her vines to drag Conner, Red, Froggy, Goldilocks, and Jack to the coliseum. Alex tries to defeat the Enchantress by subtly stealing her pride, but she is blasted off of the coliseum. Because she was holding the Wand of Wonderment, she is saved from death. However, when she reaches the ground, she faints. Alex then has a dream that she was talking to Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Lucy from Narnia, Dorothy Gale from Oz, and Wendy Darling from Neverland, who advises her on the situation. Alex wakes up and goes back up the coliseum using a flying horse which is Bob. When she arrives, she drops the Wand in front of The Enchantress. The Enchantress tries to kill Alex with the Wand after Alex stripped her of her powers (until Ezmia got hold of the Wand of Wonderment) but Rumpelstiltskin jumps in front of the blast to save Alex out of guilt for what he has tried to do for Ezmia. Conner destroys the Wand, so all the magic is taken from Ezmia's body and she dies.
After that, Bob finally proposes to Charlotte and they get married in Queen Cinderella's castle for Queen Cinderella to thank Charlotte for taking care of their baby. When it is time to leave, Alex claims that she is meant to stay in the Land of Stories and that Conner should share their stories in the real world. The twins then believe that they were to be separated forever after the fairies decided to seal all portals leading to and from The Land of Stories. Later, Conner fetches Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters to go back to his world, Conner also shares their stories in the Otherworld or Earth.
A Grimm Warning
A Grimm Warning is the third installment in the series and was published on July 8, 2014.
At the beginning of the third book, Alex is in her coronation as Fairy Godmother. Meanwhile, Conner is at school in the real world and is questioned about where his sister is. Conner goes on a school trip to Germany to hear never before heard stories by the Brothers Grimm that was recently found in a time capsule. The good news for Conner is that the girl he has a crush on, Bree Campbell, is attending. The bad news is that four bullies called the Book Huggers are also going.
As for Alex, she keeps messing up casting her spells. She eventually meets a farm boy named Rook Robins, whom she takes liking into. She becomes very torn later in the story because her grandmother is dying and she feels like she is killing her. The fairy godmother is dying because she finally finds a replacement; now the Fairy Godmother can rest knowing the fairy tale world rests in good hands.
Conner finds out that one of the stories is a secret message and a warning for the Land of Stories. He sets out across Germany to crack a 200-year code. With the help of Bree (Conner's crush) and the directions of Mother Goose, Conner eventually meets Emmerich Himmelsbach, a little boy from a small village.
Alex and Conner realize that time-displaced soldiers of the Grande Armée from their world are coming to the Fairy Tale world. The army is led by General Marquis, with the help of the Masked Man, a prisoner he freed during a raid on Pinocchio Prison. When some villagers are attacked by the Grande Armée, Rook (Alex's crush & first kiss) is blackmailed by the army into giving up the location of Alex and the royal families.
Alex's grandmother, the Fairy Godmother, eventually defeats the Masked Man's dragon with her fairy magic and dies. Alex figures out that Rook is the person who leaked out information. She is hurt by this and decides to dump him. Rook tries to regain her trust by helping her in the next stories. Alex feels sad about dumping him but knows she has done the right thing. At the end of the book, Alex encounters the Masked Man without his mask and becomes convinced he is the twins' deceased father, John Bailey.
Beyond the Kingdoms
Beyond the Kingdoms is the fourth installment in the series and was published on July 7, 2015.
The book begins with the Bailey twins chasing the Masked Man, who Alex believes is their late father. Conner is unconvinced, though. Alex is going through mood swings, in which her hair would float above her head and her eyes would glow. She has a hard time controlling her emotions which cause her to attack many people with her magic, including her family and friends. Alex insists to the fairy council that the Masked Man should be one of their highest priorities. As a result, she is 'un-godmothered' and kicked out of the fairy council. Alex loses her temper and her control of her magic and shoots at the fairy council with lightning and vanishes in a wall of fire. She arrives at the Giant's castle after her wall of fire exit where Mother Goose is staying at the Giant's castle.
Later on, at Red and Froggy's wedding, Morina the beauty witch arrives and claims to be Froggy's first lover (and the one who cursed him to live as a frog). She threatens to harm Red if he doesn't leave with her, causing Froggy to choose to leave with her, as Morina is a very powerful entity. Meanwhile, Conner gets beaten up by the Masked Man while getting the wedding rings for Red and Froggy in the library as the Masked man attempts to steal books. Conner rips off his mask, and he also believes the Masked Man is their father. That night, Alex wishes to speak with her late grandmother. Her grandmother then sends an "angel moth from outer space" of memories from the stars to tell Alex the true story of the Masked Man: he is their uncle Lloyd.
Conner's old friend Trix the fairy stole a book from his grandmother's possession. From the book, they learn that what Lloyd attempted to steal was a Portal Potion, which can transport anyone into any work of fiction. The ingredients to the potion are a branch from the oldest tree in the woods, a feather from the finest pheasant in the sky, a liquefied lock and key that belonged to a loved one, two weeks of moonlight, and a spark of magic. Alex then explains to the others that the Masked Man is their uncle and not their father. Conner says she is crazy, but Mother Goose confirms that it is true and that it was their grandmother's final wish for her not to tell. The group then travels into the works of literature in an attempt to stop their uncle before he recruits an army of literary villains.
Alex and Conner are trapped in separate worlds by Lloyd after they pursued him into The wizard of oz, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. In Wonderland the twins are led into a trap where the twins are stuck in different stories. Alex is trapped in the world of King Arthur while Conner is trapped in the land of Robin Hood. After they escape and meet up in the land of Oz, they realize that Lloyd has sent armies to destroy the kingdoms and that they need to return home for supplies. They leave for the Otherworld on a cliffhanger – they will not go into any published stories, but into Conner's own short stories to recruit a literary army of their own.
An Author's Odyssey
An Author's Odyssey is the fifth installment in the series and was published on July 12, 2016.
When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner's imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, as well as recovering many memories they had made in the fairy-tale world, the long-awaited race begins to put an end to the Masked Man's reign of terror. Conner and Alex spend time in Conner's short stories ranging from battling pirates to racing in an ancient pyramid filled with a thousand zombie mummies with the story's main protagonist. Conner brought his mother, Charlotte Bailey, in one of those adventures. In the meantime, the Sea Witch and the Snow Queen along with the witches are at Dead Man's Creek had other plans. The Snow Queen and the Sea Witch planned to give a handful of dust made from a magic mirror which was created by terrible demons to Alex, the dust was also given to the evil and terrifying Enchantress who Alex killed in the 2nd book, the reason the enchantress was so horrible was because of the dust, the dust raised not only her temper but made heartache worse than one could ever imagine, the Snow Queen and Sea Witch believe the dust will work on Alex because when Alex made the mistake of thinking The Masked Man was her late father and when Rook Robins broke Alex's heart it was proven that it was true, Alex's magic came and reacted from her heart. It was a curse which was believed by the witches-unbreakable.
Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters—heroes and villains—are no longer confined within their world. With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to fight to win their biggest battle yet. After a prologue in which Conner, now 80 years old, is celebrating his birthday at a bookstore, and realizes he doesn't know what happened to Alex, he begins reading his last book. The story starts with Alex, still under the witches' control, wreaking havoc at the New York Public Library. Conner realizes this and sets out to New York City accompanied by Red, Jack, Goldilocks, and Bree. There are a few mishaps at the airport, such as Red buying a mirror at a gift shop, but they get on the plane safely. When they arrive, the Book Huggers, sitting in a restaurant, see Conner and tell their parents. However, Conner ducks and the parents don't see him. Then as Conner's group attempts to make it into the library, a homeless man who had helped them earlier for money leads them to a subway tunnel that was abandoned in the '20s and heads directly under the library. While there, they hear from other homeless people and realize a portal between the worlds is going to open up in the library. They break into the library and see Alex, currently under Morina's control, and the witch keeps them quiet. While sleeping, Conner gets a message from Alex saying that she wants him to kill her so she can "return to magic" and break free from the curse.
The Book Huggers rescue Conner and the gang. Meanwhile, Alex is causing more chaos against her will. After the Literary Army was destroyed, Conner wrote a story, where he and Alex never explored the Land of Stories. In the story, Alex is not affected by the curse, and they see their father. Alex then gets emotional to the point the curse disintegrates and they leave just in time before the story ended. They then repair New York and a week later, met the president. They explain to her to safeguard the Land of Stories book to ensure a catastrophe never happens again like that of the Literary Army. The series ends with 65 years later where Conner, now 80, is going to be relocated to a retirement home because his children believe he is crazy. His granddaughter Charlotte "Charlie" Black visits him as he is about to visit his sister, Alex. He then exits to the Fairy Tale world. The series ends with Charlie hearing a sound and going to the attic and seeing the Land of Stories book shine. After all that has happened, Alex and Conner meet back together, safe and sound.
Five companion books to the series have been published. The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales is represented as the book Alex and Conner enter in the series. The Curvy Tree and Trollbella Throws a Party are picture books with text by Colfer. The Adventures from the Land of Stories series includes The Mother Goose Diaries and Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty. All are illustrated by Brandon Dorman except for The Mother Goose Diaries, which has illustrations by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov.
On October 16, 2018, Colfer released a new book called The Ultimate Book Hugger's Guide
On October 1, 2019, Colfer released a book called A Tale of Magic..., a prequel to The Land of Stories series.
On September 29, 2020, Colfer released a book called A Tale of Witchcraft..., the second prequel to The Land of Stories series.
On June 29, 2021, Colfer released a graphic novel titled Goldilocks: Wanted Dead or Alive.
Colfer recorded his audiobook using his voice. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell has been translated into several languages, including Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Italian, French, Hebrew, Greek, Portuguese (Brazil), and Dutch.
- Alexandra Marie Bailey is a smart, curious girl, described as having bright blue eyes and short, strawberry-blond hair with a headband always in it. She is very studious and pays close attention to every class, getting full marks. She is also considered the teacher's pet but doesn't have any friends. She is the twin sister to Conner Bailey. She is one of the most powerful fairies ever known. She also is the reason why the twins went into the Land of Stories in the first place.
- Conner Jonathan Bailey is a boy who looks very much like his twin sister Alex Bailey. He falls asleep often in class and is a slacker. He is very social but feels constantly overshadowed by his brainy sister. He holds a deep hatred for his teacher, Mrs Peters. However, she eventually inspires Conner to become a writer and in Book 5, Conner travels into his short stories. In the last book, it is revealed that Conner and Bree marry and have children together. Throughout his life, Conner becomes a very famous and successful author.
- Charles 'Froggy' Charming is a large, slightly humanoid frog. Formerly, Prince Charlie Charming, a curse was placed upon him for being too vain. He is very wise and gives the twins advice and help throughout the story. In the beginning, he is embarrassed about being a frog and lives in a sort of house-hole in the dwarf forests. Later on, he is elected king of the Center Kingdom. In Beyond the Kingdoms he is imprisoned in a magic mirror to protect Red. In the final book, he is freed from the mirror after performing a good deed. He then marries Red after being freed.
- Red Riding Hood is the queen of the Red Riding Hood Kingdom. She is a bit selfish and loves her gigantic outfits. But because she has her own kingdom, she's very smart and good with her people. Her lover used to be Jack, but he would always turn her away in favor of Goldilocks. Though she is initially repulsed by him due to him being a frog, Red eventually falls in love with Froggy after learning that he used to be a prince. Red doesn't like gross stuff, since she's a lady. During A Grimm Warning, Little Bo Peep temporarily took over her throne, but Red got her throne back. In Beyond the Kingdoms, Red and Froggy's wedding is crashed by Morina, who threatens Red in order to kidnap Froggy. Froggy turns Red away and goes with Morina to protect Red. In An Author's Odyssey, Froggy and Red adopt the Lost Boys from Neverland. In Worlds Collide, she marries Froggy.
- Jack is now a grown man with the other Fairy Tale characters, who grew a very famous beanstalk when he was younger. Despite Red's affection towards him, he rejects her and falls in love with Goldilocks. Because of his love for her, he decides to join Goldilocks on the run, no matter the consequences. He marries Goldilocks in the third book, and in the fifth book, they have a child and name him Hero.
- Goldilocks is a criminal who raids kingdoms. She was given her first sword to fight with by Hagetta, a kind witch who lives in the Dwarf Forests. She married Jack in the third book. In the fourth book, she became pregnant with his child. In the fifth book, she gave birth to a baby boy and named him Hero.
- Fairy Godmother (Brystal Lynn Evergreen) is Alex and Conner's grandmother and leads the Fairy Council through bad times and also is the only one who can create a portal between the fairy-tale world and the Otherworld. She is shown as a kind old woman with a nice hairdo. She dies in A Grimm Warning after slaying a dragon. It is revealed in A Tale of Magic... that her real name is Brystal Evergreen.
- Mother Goose (Lucy Goose) can travel between worlds (with the Fairy Godmother) and reads nursery rhymes around the world to children. She is part of the Fairy Council. She is first mentioned in The Wishing Spell, and appears in The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning and Beyond the Kingdoms. She "retires" and joins Merlin in his story in Beyond the Kingdoms. She likes to gamble and travel with her pet gander, Lester.
- Breanne 'Bree' Campbell is an intelligent and determined girl. She was first introduced in A Grimm Warning as a classmate of Conner Bailey. She is a horror writer and is described as beautiful. She has blonde hair with a streak of pink and blue and always wears a purple beanie and an earbud in one ear. Conner has a huge crush on Bree, and at the end of A Grimm Warning, Bree reveals that she has a crush on him too. She becomes close friends with Emmerich, whom she meets during the trip to Europe. In the last book, it is revealed that Conner and Bree marry and have children together. After they marry, she changes her name to Breanne Campbell-Bailey.
- Emmerich Himmelsbach is a boy from Hohenschwangau, Germany, and approximately ten years old. He first appears in A Grimm Warning. He helps Conner and Bree get into Neuschwanstein castle and ends up joining Conner on his adventure to save the Land of Stories. In Beyond the Kingdoms, he turns out to be the son of Bo Peep and Lloyd Bailey, the Masked Man and the twins' uncle, therefore making Emmerich the twins' cousin.
- Rook Robins is a farmer's son and the love interest of Alex Bailey in A Grimm Warning, though they break up after he told the general about the secret path. He makes her understand that he did what he thought was right when he died in Worlds Collide saving her life.
- The Book Huggers are a group of intelligent girls who are on to Alex and Conner. Their names are Mindy McClowsky, Cindy Strutherbergers, Lindy Lenkins and Wendy Takahashi. Originally, they ran the book club at their school. But after Alex and Conner's suspicious disappearance, they abandon it in favour of a conspiracy club. Everybody thinks they hit their heads, but they know what they see. They are very eccentric. Wendy is selectively mute and is sometimes ignored a bit because of that. In the last book, they followed Conner and his friends. When the Book Huggers find them trapped in the library, they interrogate Conner until he admits what has been going on in the last few years and apologises, only then they set Conner and his friends free. In one of the last chapters, it is mentioned that they are the Sister Grimm's new recruits.
- Auburn Sally is a character from "Starboardia", one of Conner's short stories. She is based on Goldilocks and is a pirate who sails with her crew aboard their ship the Dolly Llama. Conner barely manages to convince her to be part of his army. They are forced to battle Smoky Sails, Sam when he attacks them. Auburn Sally appears in An Author's Odyssey
- King Arthur is the king of Camelot and love interest of Alex Bailey in Beyond the Kingdoms but they have to end their relationship because Alex had to stop the Masked Man
- Charlotte and John Bailey are the parents of Alex and Conner. John died in a car crash before the first book, leaving Charlotte on her own until the second book when she marries Bob. Charlotte and Bob are active in the Land of Stories in the second book.
- The Ziblings, Galaxy Queen Characters, Blimp Boy Characters, and the sailors from the Dolly Llama are heroes of Conner's imagination and are from his four short stories. He recruits them for his literary army, and they help Alex and Conner fight in the sixth book, Worlds Collide.
- Queen Cinderella: Queen of the Charming Kingdom. Her first appearance in The Wishing Spell portrays her as heavily pregnant with King Chance Charming's child, later named Princess Hope.
- Queen Sleeping Beauty: Queen of the Eastern Kingdom. Due to the century-long curse, she, along with the other women in her kingdom, is rendered unable to bear children. However, she adopts a recently orphaned girl named Ash in A Grimm Warning from a ransacked and burnt town.
- Princess Hope: Daughter of Queen Cinderella and King Chance Charming. Princess of the Charming Kingdom.
- Princess Ash: Adopted daughter of Queen Sleeping Beauty and King Chase Charming. Princess of the Eastern Kingdom. Sleeping Beauty saves her life while the Royals are on the enchanted path. She adopts her because the sleeping curse has made her infertile, but she wishes for a child. Ash is found in a chest in the burning remains of an attacked town.
- Queen Rapunzel: Queen of the Corner Kingdom.
- Queen Little Red Riding Hood: Queen of the Red Riding Hood Kingdom, also known as the Youngest Queen. Due to her previous shallowness and materialism in earlier books, she is ousted by her people in the election during A Grimm Warning and Bo Peep is made queen. Bo peep and Red had a not-so-great relationship. Later in the series, Froggy is voted to be King. Red marries him, becoming Queen again. The new kingdom name decided by Froggy is the Center Kingdom. She is the one who eventually kills Morina in Worlds Collide.
- Queen Bo Peep: Queen of the Bo Peep Republic. She was crowned Queen after she challenged Queen Red Riding Hood for the Throne yet Bo Peep passed from a broken heart in the third book by the masked man.
- Queen Snow White: Queen of the Northern Kingdom. She is revealed to be the one who releases her stepmother from the dungeon out of genuine sympathy for her plight.
- Sir William: Queen Rapunzel's husband and King of the Corner Kingdom.
- King Chance Charming: King of the Charming Kingdom and Queen Cinderella's Husband.
- King Chandler Charming: King of the Northern Kingdom and Husband of Snow White.
- King Charlie 'Froggy' Charming: Prince of the Charming Kingdom (Books 1-5) and king of the Red Riding Hood Kingdom (Book 6).
- King Chase Charming: King of the Eastern Kingdom and Queen Sleeping Beauty's husband.
- King Chester Charming: Deceased father of the four Charming Kings.
- Ghost of Queen Beauty: The Ghost living in the Eastern/Sleeping Kingdom from the story Beauty and the Beast. Grandmother of Queen Sleeping Beauty. Known as the Lady of the East.
- Evly, The Evil Queen is Snow White's stepmother. The whole Fairy tale world thought she was vain and power-obsessed, but she really only wanted to free her lover, Mira, from her magic mirror. Mira had been put in the magic mirror by Ezmia, the Enchantress. After the battle at her palace in The Wishing Spell, she is trapped by the mirror which had once held Mira and was transformed into a hopeless version of her old self, wandering the mirror realm in the vain hope of finding her lost lover. In Worlds Collide, the effects of the mirror caused her to forget herself and her memories. This caused her to revert into a young girl. She is soon discovered by Froggy, who was at the time, cursed by Morina, the Beauty Witch into his own mirror, and together they set off to warn his friends of the plot the fairytale villains have. She is released from the mirror realm by offering words of wisdom to a woman who's self-esteem was shattered by her looks. After being released, she reverted to her true, middle-aged self. Evly's final fate is unknown; however, it appears that she has a brighter future with her complete reformation.
- Ezmia, The Enchantress was cursed by the witches to hate everyone and tried to destroy the world. This same curse was placed on Alex Bailey in the 5th book. Ezmia was once a small girl living in the Otherworld in misery following the death of her parents and the destruction of her village. She was to be killed by ruthless soldiers, but in an act of self-defence killed them instead. The Fairy Godmother, who had secretly watched this, took Ezmia under her wing as an apprentice and became very powerful. The Fairy Godmother even chose her as the next Fairy Godmother. Sadly, bitterness over men who failed her as well as what she claimed was the other fairies' jealousy caused her to renounce her title and turned to Dark Magic. She is defeated by Alex Bailey. It is later revealed, however, that it was the witches who cast a spell on her to turn to rage.
- The Snow Queen (Mme. Weatherberry) is a blind weather witch who, a long time ago, secretly plotted against the king of the Northern Kingdom, whom she had befriended by granting him wishes and making prophecies. She overthrew the king and covered the kingdom in an everlasting winter. She was eventually overthrown by Wise Prince White (Snow White's grandfather) and banished to the Northern Mountains, where she lives in an icy lair with her polar bears. She was also revealed later as the one who found dust of an evil mirror from the past which turned Ezima into the evil enchantress.
- Morina is an evil witch who cursed Froggy to look like a frog and trapped him into the magic mirror. She does this because he ended their relationship. Her grandfather was a troll. As a result, she was ugly when she was young. She spent years creating potions that improved her appearance little by little. Morina now looks like a beautiful lady but she has ram's horns on her head. She spends her time selling her potions to customers who want to become better looking. The potions are created by draining the youth of children.
- The Masked Man is the main villain in books 3, 4 and 5. In book 4, it is revealed that the Masked Man is Alex and Conner's uncle Lloyd. In book 5 Emmerich is revealed to him as his son and Little Bo Peep as his wife. His plot was to recruit an army of literatures greatest villains in order to overthrow the Kingdoms and take over the world. He dies at the end of book 5 by entering Bree's story "Cemetery of the Undead", being killed by Bo Peep and banished to his grave.
- Smoky Sails Sam is a character in Conner's short story "Starboardia". He was originally a slave but became a pirate when he staged a mutiny on the ship that captured him. He wants to kill Auburn Sally because she stole a necklace called the Heart of the Caribbean from him.
- General Marquis is the French general of the Grand Armée who wants to take over the fairy tale world. He appeared as a main antagonist in The Grimm Warning but died because of the Masked Man controlling a dragon.
- The Sea Witch is a witch who is believed to have tricked the Little Mermaid into giving up her voice. She is one of the witches who plots to steal the Otherworld in the last few books of the series.
- The Queen Of Hearts is the villain from "Alice in Wonderland" where Alex and Conner Bailey chase the Masked Man in order to stop him from recruiting all the villains to create his Literary Army. The Queen Of Hearts loves cutting heads of servants and others who don't listen to her commands.
- The Wishing Spell was on the New York Times Bestseller List for five weeks, and reached No. 1 for two of the five.
- The Onion's The A.V. Club gave The Wishing Spell a B.
- The Wishing Spell was named one of Barnes & Noble's "Best Books of 2012".
On June 13, 2017, it was announced that Twentieth Century Fox is developing a film adaptation of the first book, The Wishing Spell, with Colfer directing and writing the screenplay. He will also serve as one of the executive producers on the film, which will be produced by 21 Laps Entertainment.
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