‘The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making’ by Catherynne M. Valente.

All is not well in Fairyland. Fairies are thin on the ground, flying creatures have their wings chained, Goodbye the witch has had her spoon stolen, and Marid are kept in tiny cages. Fear ingrains all those whom September meets when she is borne away by the Green Wind on the adventure of a lifetime. What a smorgasbord of magical creatures and bizarre yet amazing events await her. Along with a gentle, affection, and bookish Wyvern (not a dragon, you know) and a rescued Marid called Saturday, (whose blue skin is the blue of the darkest ocean) she seeks out tasks and adventure, leading her into the clutches of Fairyland’s ruler – the (not as nice as she seems (in fact positively villainous)) Marquess.

This is a delightful tale – let your imagination wander through the Autumn Provinces, the Worsted Wood, across the Perverse and Perilous Sea , and find the place where the human world touches Fairyland. Along the way meet Lye the Soap Golem, Manythanks the Wairwulf, the Nasnas half people and Calpurnia Farthing, Queen of the Velocipedes (and her adopted daughter Penny) amongst many others.

This is a beautifully crafted story, with all the essential ingredients of any good fairy tale, including a good dose of morality, fun and wickedness. Equally suitable for children and adults alike, any fan of fantasy fiction will love ‘The Girl Who…’. Fixing just a couple of continuity errors and a little more polishing of the first few chapters, would make this a classic to sit alongside ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ or ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

INSTRUCTIONS: Read in front of the fire (flames gently flickering), curled up on the sofa (under a snuggly hand crocheted blanket), with a mug of hot chocolate (at just the right temperature – you know how you like it), a good wind blowing outside (always makes you feel warmer), and a sleepy puppy by your feet (gentle snores and twitching paws) – you’ll be in heaven!

Read more reviews and buy the book at: Love Reading
Or find out more about fairyland by visiting the author’s website.

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2 Responses to ‘The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making’ by Catherynne M. Valente.

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