: Catherynne M. ValentePublication Date
: 17th January 2013
UK Publisher: Constable & Robinson
Age Group: 9+
September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September’s shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland’s shadows back.
Fans of Valente’s bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September’s journey, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem. . . .
Valente has managed to write another luscious and word-candied book. Our hero falls into fairyland beneath and she joins with her old pals to go questing. Fairyland beneath is full of shadows and as shadows have all the magic, well it’s a pretty fun place to be. But Septemberis more concerned with restoring both fairylands to have they should be.
There is whimsy to be enjoyed, kisses to be stolen, and princes to be found. It takes time to read this book as there is a lot of detail and layers. Take your time and enjoy it. Valente has given you a book that can be reread and read aloud to others.
This is a detailed, jewelled romp into a new myth that can be read by both young and old. This book will be stored along with my treasured books.
Many thanks to Saskia Angenent at Constable & Robinson for the beautiful review copy.