Title- The Boy Who Lost Fairyland. (Fairyland # 4.)
Author- Catherynne M. Valente.
Publish date- March 25th, 2015.
Publisher- Constable and Robinson.
RRP- $19.99 (AUD)
Read my review for books 1, 2 and 3 by clicking the numbers!
We’re back in Fairyland. What more could anyone want to know?
Thank you to Allen and Unwin for this review copy!
Image Source: Allen and Unwin.
I have a longstanding love (what the heck, adoration) for the beautiful, glorious, delightful Fairyland books by Catherynne M. Valente, and I have a slightly less longstanding way of reviewing the books. One word.
1. Rediscovering and returning to Fairyland. We start the story there, in a gorgeous parallel to the first chapter of the first book (oh, I literally squeed, it was so fantastic), but we don’t stay there long, finding ourselves stranded in the world of Chicago- but we go back! We do! And it felt like going home.
2. A certain stuffed wombat called Blunderbuss. She was a shining star of the story in her own right, and how I adored her. Protective, fierce and just what you would imagine a troll boy would be in partnership with, she was terrific.
3. The words of Catherynne M. Valente. They have held me fast since the very first and they are so humorous, exquisitely captured and presented in gorgeous, moving, striking and heartbreaking ways. I keep getting so passionately emotional over these incredible books!
4. The return of a few dear friends. We don’t see Ell and Saturday much in the second book, as I commented on in my review of it, and this book wasn’t even focused on September! We have a new character who has a story to tell, and my, it was a striking change. But be sure September and co. are not lost.
5. The ending. Not quite as emotionally and heart wrenching as the end of the third book, but this still managed to pack a severe punch and I was “oh my!”ing and grinning, excited and in love.
1.5. September is a character I cherish, so of course I feel a twinge of distraughtness at her not continuing to be the sole focus, though I’m also invested in Hawthorn’s story, now.
And that’s all. Very simple, completely excellent, exquisite and brilliance in book form.