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Warnings for this book: swearing, mentions of sex.

Prequel for Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall – named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over an ancient wall and into a into a world that is strange and dangerous beyond imagining…

I have loved Neil Gaiman’s writing ever since I was little, and I was ecstatic to learn that he writes more adult-aimed books as well as children’s books – I love both. (I was also SUPER lucky and got to meet him earlier this year. Childhood dreams = fullfilled!)

I really liked this book. Fairy tales are already one of my favourite things in the world, but combine that with Gaiman’s fabulous writing and unpredictable, original characters and the product is a masterpiece. The ‘good’ characters are lovable – the star was awesomely sassy. And the ‘evil’ characters were… well… Evil.

The plot was kind of predictable in parts, but for the most part it was un-put-downable and unpredictable. The world that Gaiman creates in Faerie is fascinating, and the magic he describes is so cool.

I would definitely recommend this book to whoever thinks they can handle it. As I said before, there is swearing and a kind-of-described sex scene so this may not be the best book for people who aren’t suited for those kinds of thing.

9/10 stars

– abnormalbookgeek


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