Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente

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Title: The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
Series: Fairyland #2
Author: Catherynne Valente
Publisher: Much-in-Little
Publication Date: 17 Jan 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Amazon

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 . . .


This is the second installment from Catherynne Valente about September and her tales in Fairyland and I have to say that I was really looking forward to it as the first one has to be one of my favourite reads of 2012. The Girl who fell beneath Fairyland does not disappoint. September has been away from Fairyland for nearly a year and is longing to return as no one seems to understand her in her world. Then on her birthday it happens and she is back but not to a land she recognizes  As with the first book this is so beautifully written that it captivates you from the start and you soon get lost in Fairyland-Below and all the weird and wonderful characters that you meet along the way. September finds that her shadow, the Hallow Queen, has taken over and is reveling in her leadership and gathering shadows from Fairyland including her friends, Ell and Saturday. September finds herself on another quest but this time waking a sleeping Prince.

I really did enjoy this beautifully written Fairy tale but I did feel that it wasn’t quite up to the extravagance of the first book where I got lost in Fairyland. Fairyland-Below does not have the same feel to it but that is the point of the story and I went through the same feelings of trepidation that September goes through but I am pleased to say we both came through largely unscathed although a bit battered. I feel that the book lacked the friendship aspect that the first one thrived on and that is where I felt a bit let down as the author really can weave a magical story. To be honest it felt like a second film that doesn’t quite live up to the first but you can’t wait to see if a third will be coming out soon.

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