Book Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Catherynne M Valente)

Details:Publisher: Much-In-Little
Pages: 344
Release Date: 17th January 2013
Blurb (from Goodreads):

In the kingdom of Fairyland-Below, preparation are underway for the annual Revels… but above ground, the creatures of Fairyland are in no mood for a party.
It has been a long time since young September bid farewell to Fairyland, and she is excited to to see it again; but upon her return she is shocked to find that her friends have been losing their shadows, and therefore their magic, to the kingdom of Fairyland-Below… it spells certain disaster and September won’t stand for it. Determined to make amends, she travels down into the underworld where, among creatures of ice and moonlight, she encounters a face she recognizes all too well: Halloween, the Hollow Queen. Only then does September realize what she must do to save Fairyland from slipping into the mundane world forever.
Come and join in the Revels with September and her friends. But be warned: in Fairyland-Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem…


I’m on a bit of a Fairyland binge this week, so here’s my review of the second Fairyland book (and the first here if you missed it).

The second book is much like the first in its style and charm and that September is our wonderful protagonist once more. The book picks back up with her, returned to normal life and awaiting for the seasons to change so that Fairyland will come for her again.

But all is not well in Fairyland, and while September expects to go back and find her old friends and have a wonderful adventure, she has trials to face first, and they’re ones caused by the consequences of her own actions in her previous adventure.

Someone is stealing the shadows from Fairyland above and draining the magic away, and once again it is up to September to save Fairyland.

While I enjoyed this book a lot still, it wasn’t quite the five star read that the last book was for me. I loved the adventures and the character and creatures September met, and I thought the shadow land story line was brilliant and it was great to see the shadow versions of characters we know and love. The tension of what was happening in September’s home life also added a sense of real danger to proceedings.

But there were just some bits that went on a bit too long to me, and some of the explanations of things felt tedious. I think it’s the formula of the story, but I got a bit bored. September would meet someone and they;d explain something which, while often was charming and whimsical and strangely logical, it did go on a bit.

Still, I think this is a brilliant follow up to the first Fairyland book, and I know I’m looking forward to where September’s adventures take her next.

My Verdict:

Ahaha I love this book, you should totally read it!

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