The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
By Catherynne M. Valente
Let the Revels begin! September returns to Fairyland after her first bestselling, breathtaking adventure there. The second in a series that seems destined to become a modern classic, from a multi-award-winning author.
In the kingdom of Fairyland-Below, preparations are underway for the annual Revels . . . but aboveground, 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 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 . . .
Praise for Cat Valente's FAIRYLAND series:
'A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian fairy tale, done with heart and wisdom.' Neil Gaiman.
'An Alice in Wonderland for the 21st century... So effortless, so vivid, so funny. Every page has a phrase or observation to savour and her characters are wondrous creations.' Sunday Telegraph.
'A charming modern fairytale...with a knowing twinkle in its eye.' Telegraph.
'A whole esoteric world of whimsy - Alice meets the Wizard of Oz meets the Persephone story with a whiff of Narnia.' Independent on Sunday.
'Bundles of imagination and wry wit... This is a sophisticated world of forfeits, paradoxes and tricks.' Financial Times.
'Catherynne Valente has, with a minimum of fuss, written one of the great young-adult fantasy diptychs since Lewis Carroll.' Lev Grossman, Time Magazine
Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Much-in-Little, 2012). She lives on an island off the coast of Maine.
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17 Jan 2013
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Catherynne Valente has, with a minimum of fuss, written one of the great young-adult fantasy diptychs since Lewis Carroll. — Time Magazine
One of the strongest fantasy novels for young readers I've had the pleasure of getting lost in...There's as much Phantom Tollbooth here as there is Narnia...Shot through with menace and heroism, [y]ou never know what's coming next in Fell Beneath — Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
Familiar and original storytelling... The rich prose oozes exotic, imaginative imagery. Juan's black-and-white spot art highlights September's questing. Heartless September sprouts a heart during this remarkable, awesome journey. — Kirkus (starred review)
A stellar sequel... Valente's inviting, lush, and densely detailed world is evocative of well-travelled lands such as Neverland and Oz, but, at the same time, is uniquely its own. This is sure to draw new fans. — Booklist (starred review)
...challenging and darkly beautiful and hugely ambitious. — Lev Grossman, Time
The strength of this fable for all ages lies in its droll tone and witty moralising. It is also stuffed with extraordinary and indomitable female characters. — Financial Times
I love the story... I love September... I love Fairyland... I love the language... I love that it's the rare book - like Coraline or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - that you want to read aloud to a child not only as a loving obligation but because it makes you want to explore Fairyland together, hand in hand. In short: I love it, and I think and surely hope that you will too. — John Scalzi