If The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in A Ship of Her Own Making is to be compared to The Wizard of Oz for its tale of astounding journeys, unlikely friendships and a plucky heroine standing up to a sinister figurehead, then The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led The Revels There must be compared to Alice Through The Looking Glass.
Returning to Fairyland, September finds that the magic is bleeding away as shadows fall away from their owners and seep into the dark realms of fairyland below. Being a plucky lady, September is forced to investigate and finds herself in a strange land of anarchy and mischief, accompanied by the shadows of A-through-L and Saturday who, while looking a lot like her friends, aren’t quite the friends that September remembers.
Another plucky, darkly amusing novel from Catherynne M Valente. I can’t wait to read the final instalment of the trilogy.
Ooooo sounds right up my alley! That’s for sharing another Alice-esque book 🙂
It’s a lovely, quirky little read but you’ll need to read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making first.
Oh yes, I wouldn’t dream of going out of order! I don’t think my literary-perfectionist brain could do so even with a series that could be read as stand-alones O.O Luckily I had been interested in the first book anyway (even more so after your review) because I’m a sucker for long strange titles and it sounds like my kind of book/series 🙂
I make that mistake all the time- the Sophie Hannah books and Laurie King’s Mary Russell books have been my worst muddles. They’re still great reads but you get little tiny spoilers if you read them out of order which let you predict the outcome of earlier books 😦
There is something about young adult fantasy that is so satisfying. I have been wanting to check out Valente’s books for a while. It sounds like you like them!
Yes, they are well suited to a young audience but have a slightly dark, knowing tone which makes them great for adults as well. I’m looking forward to the third!