Friday, September 27, 2013

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente

The second in a trilogy, Catherynne Valente's The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, finds our fearless protagonist September stuck in her home, washing teacups, hoping the Green Wind will return and once again whisk her away to Fairyland.

Eventually, September trips back into Fairyland only to discover that all the shadows have disappeared into the Fairyland below. Being the heroine of the first book, September must once again restore order to the land she loves with the help of a A Through L (a Wyverary - part Wynvery, a dragon-like creature, and part library) and a boy named Saturday.

As in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Valente's story is rich in fantasy, history, and even philosophy. She paints beautiful landscapes and scenery where the reader can't help but be sucked in to the land September adores. Written for youth or teens, these extraordinary stories will intrigue even the most stoic adult.

To continue the journey, you can now place a hold on the third installment, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, which is currently on order in the library catalog. For more of Valente's grandiose, fantastical writing, you may also try The Melancholy of Mechagirl or Six-gun Snow White. 

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