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Fairyland is a Glorious Place

July 24, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (0)

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There  The girl who circumnavigated Fairyland in a ship of her own makingCatherynne Valente's wonderful trilogy begins with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, a whimsical Victorian fairytale intended for adults. In the first book September is invited to Fairyland by a Green Wind and a Leopard. She makes friends with A-L, whose mother was a wyvern and whose father was a library.

In The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, September learns the Hollow Queen is stealing the shadows of the inhabitants of Fairyland and all the magic is fading away. She shops at a Goblin Market, and rescues a Night Dodo named Aubergine, as she fights to save her friends.

The trilogy concludes with The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two. Driving across the wonderfully imagined moonscape in her faithful Model-A car, September returns to Fairyland to hunt the dreadful moon-Yeti and prevent the destruction of Fairyland's moon.

The beauty of Valente's prose is only matched by the richness of her imagination. September's adventures lend new life to old images, and these exuberant, charming stories never pause for breath.

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