The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherynne M. Valente (2011, Feiwel and Friends, New York)
Don’t even read this review beyond this first sentence: Get away from your screen right now and go pick up a copy of this book. I’ll wait here.
Okay, are you back? Have you read it all? If you haven’t, get on it. I’ll stick around.
Now you know what I’m talking about when I say this may be the greatest fantasy novel written in the past decade. September’s first journey into Fairyland and the adventures she undertakes with her companions, A-Through-L, the Wyverary, and a captive Marid (sea genie) named Saturday, are perfectly, spectacularly wrought. To say this is an imaginative and creative story isn’t enough – this first book of the “Fairyland” series is absolutely brilliant. The language and style are jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and I may be the teensiest bit enamoured/jealous/filled with awe. I can’t thank the friend who recommended these books to me enough…and now it’s my turn to do the same for you.