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September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell the Wyverary and the boy Saturday She longs to leave the routines of home and embark on a new adventure Little does she know that this time she will be spirited away to the moon reunited with her friends and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon Yeti with great and mysterious powersHere is another rich beautifully told wisely humorous and passionately layered book from New York Times bestselling author Catherynne M Valente

10 thoughts on “The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

  1. says:

    I love Catherynne M Valente's writing and recommend her to others only second to my beloved Diana Wynne Jones My first introduction to her was the first book in the Fairyland series which grabbed hold of me such that I was ecstatic to see the preuel short and overjoyed that a second book came out I only just today learned that this is to be a five book series and I had this one the third on Kindle pre order the moment I learned of it I have talked up her Orphan's Tales series beyond all measure and I've even bought the first Fairyland book as a gift for a friend though I rarely do that because it's such a risk It's safe to say I love these stories and I love Valente's writing I didn't love this book Oh Ms Valente you forgot something so important You forgot to work on the story It takes according to the Kindle calculator 44% of the book to even begin the story Up to that point it's one person lecturing September after another She stands in one place and hears pages of lecture on one subject then she moves to a new place and stands there to hear pages of lecture on another subject We hear about the imaginary nature of money and about being co dependent so that you live only to create the happiness of others We hear about the way countries are run and about how clothes make the man We do not hear a story It takes almost half the book for September to do the following sigh around Omaha; cross a boundary into Fairyland's Moon; get dressed; travel a short distance on a moon road; be turned away by the creature she was told to see; arrive at the moon Library In this time September has no control makes no attempt to take control she simply follows one lecture after another She is completely inactive Unfortunately the lectures don't stop once September finally makes contact with her friends and starts on her big journey to do a big thing There's a lecture at the library a lecture at the circus a lecture from the human headed donkey It's a page of story for every chapter of lecture The final 10% of the book improves though there are still lectures from Yetis and grown Marids and such Still standing around doing nothing but listening to lessons Crammed in around the edges are too many ideas Descriptions galore which Valente is good at but too much In previous books they've been measured you can see and feel what she's describing and the world comes to life Here there's no introduction to a new idea just suddenly 500 words of adjectives September can't walk through a forest or converse with a friend or pick up a box or get in a car without drowning in adjectives I can't picture half of what's described because it's OVER described Too much everywhere Economy of language doesn't mean constant silence it means parsing it out carefully so that there's the right amount not too much and not too little Valente has not been economic with her language she's just poured it on like a 5 year old pours syrup on her pancakes So much that the pancakes become a soggy sodden mess that break apart and cannot be eaten without being ill The farther into the series we go the less possible it is to understand without having read the previous books which is fine I've never understood why people suggest it's important for series books to stand alone That's fine for Hercule Poirot and The Three Investigators it's not necessary for books of this type Here we have absolutely reached the point where you will not understand without reading the first two books preuel if you like though it's not necessary like the others You won't know what a Hreinn is why the Wyverary references the second half of the alphabet the way he does how a Marid works what September did with the Maruess and her Shadow etc I've missed September and her friends so much and I was so happy that she would spend actual time with her friends since she didn't get to in the previous novel I've been so excited about this book and I'm so downcast not to be able to love it But when the story is neglected especially in a fairy story you're left with thinly disguised asides to the adult readers and characters standing around yawning behind their hands waiting for their author to get back to them again That does not a wonderful book make I desperately hope Valente or her editor shakes this out before the apparent fourth book

  2. says:

    While the language is beautiful and still bright and while we've got a little older September to contend with I don't think this is the best of the Fairyland books She's growing up learning that Yeti's hands can control serious time and Words have a magic that is all the greater because it belongs not only to Fairies but to everyone and the clothes you wear are like the words you use It's sweet and it's good but there was something missing in the middle of the bookDirection I loved the descriptions the imagination the characters and the Rights of Tools but there wasn't a center impetus to push the plot forward I don't mind if we meander and there was a lot of meandering but I like to know that we're shooting for the moon tooI am NOT saying this was a bad book because her works are so brilliant that they outshine the sun I just don't think it matches the strengths of the previous two Even if view spoilerSaturday has turned into a budding Love Interest for September So cute Love the Timey Wimey stuff hide spoiler

  3. says:

    It took me uite a long time to finish this book Why? I'll get to that later The book series started out in 2009 as a crowdfunded middle grade online novel originally a fictional children's book in the author's other book Palimpsest I know right? How come this series is so old yet barely known throughout the world? Doesn't seem appropriateAs anyone following my reviews knows I was absolutely smitten with the first book and eually delighted with the second although the first book in a series usually holds a special charm over me This was book #3 and I must say that it is obvious that Catherynne Valente is a master I mean this is the weakest in the series and it's still a 45 starA short descriptionSeptember gets back to Fairyland again a bit later than exactly one year after her last trip what's up with that? but needs to hitch a ride with the Blue Wind this time to get thereI did NOT like that one Sometimes I understood the criticism but overall I wanted to throw some punches and completely understand why this wind doesn't have a Great Cat of Nephelo anySo naturally the deal is foul and September has to do a deed for the wind taking her to Fairyland's Moon A wonderful new setting again full of wonders and uirky creatures some well known by now some completely newIt is true that I too thought this book somewhat lacked direction something Brad said in his review as well We had the beginning in book #1 and repercussions of that in book #2 and all those different places those story lines took us to and we knew where September had to go to solve the respective problem or less at least but here I was kind of waiting for the point of it all I guess the only point was for September to go back to Fairyland have adventures and view spoilerget firmly nailed to Fairyland so she can't go home any hide spoiler

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    Let it be known that I love love love Catherynne Valente's Fairyland books The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making was one of those books that I think justifies an author's entire career all by itself — its language its heart its ability to seize grown up hearts as readily as it speaks to those of children It's a book that makes me wish I had children so I could read it to themDo not speak against TGWCFIASOHOM I will defriend you Kidding MaybeThat was the first Fairyland book in which twelve year old September still Somewhat Heartless went to Fairyland for the first time and met her Wyverary A Through L and her blue Marid boy Saturday and grew up just a littleIn The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There September went back to Fairyland and this time the lesson she learned was that you have to Clean Up Your Messes Because her first visit was not without conseuencesAnd so we come to the third book Catherynne Valente has said that she plans I believe five books in the series which will take September almost up to adulthood In The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two September is now fourteen It's been a year since her last visit to Fairyland and she's been thinking about little else but her next trip She fully expects one of the Winds to come get her every year as they promisedIn the meantime she's now old enough to drive it's 1920s Omaha after all and so she is running all over the place doing odd jobs for neighbors trying to save up money so that next time she's dumped into Fairyland she will be prepared Points to September for thinking ahead this time though I never did uite understand what good she thought Yankee dollars would do her in FairylandWell to make the first long part of the book short she does indeed wind up in Fairyland thanks to a considerably less friendly Wind than beforeHave you never known a cruel wind? What an easy balmy tropical life you must have I never tease madam I coax I beguile I stomp I throw tantrums and for certain I freeze — I am the Coldest and Harshest of all the Harsh Airs I am the shiver of the world But I do not tease You can cause ever so much trouble by taking folk seriously asking just what they're doing and doing just what they askThis time September is carried off to Fairyland with a Model A named Aroostook and then finds herself going on a detour to the Moon Where she meets up with her friends A through L and Saturday and many others and they ride off on exciting adventures that involve saving the Moon city of Patience from a rampaging YetiThe Girl Who Soared is full of Catherynne Valente's usual beautiful language and pages full of mineable uotes And September is growing up a little in each book In this one she is feeling the stirrings of romance and wrestling with the fact that she has already seen bits of her future and being a willful and obstinate girl this does not sit entirely well with herDoes that mean nothing can change? asked September If what you said is true then it's all a circle and I'm stuck in it And I'll have a daughter with Saturday because I already had one that I haven't had yet and the verbs are very difficult but they seem to add up to the future is a fist and it won't let me go even if I put a hammer right through it I do love these booksAnd yet and yet it pains me but I must give The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two a mere four starsBecause my goodness Ms Valente it took you so long to get anywhere I do love your language and I adore September whether it's her adolescence in Omaha or her adventures in Fairyland but really we know which of those we're picking up these books to read about right? And once September gets to Fairyland well as she remarks herself initially this time she's coming as a visitor not yanked there for a crisis though she does eventually find one except it's on the Moon but because she wants to see her friends againAnd there is so much descriptive imagery so many weird surreal landscapes a city that is a whelk on the Moon a land of photographic exposures a cosmic black dog all those creative bursts of imagination we so love Valente for and yet they seemed less controlled this time around I was having to slow down and reread to figure out what it was that I'm supposed to be picturing and what is actually happening I really got the feeling that Catherynne Valente kind of meandered around for a while figuring out where her story was going to go and then never edited that part into a proper narrativeThe ending though redeems most of chaotic fuzziness in the middleEvery fairy story has darkness at its heartValente has been building each Fairyland story onto the previous one and while they are not precisely stand alone they have been self contained adventures But in this third book it becomes necessary to understand what has gone before as September comes to understand certain things about Faeries And here Valente also departs from the pattern of the last two books which end with September being whisked back to her farm to await her next Fairyland adventureI am not entirely sure that this wasn't cheating That same feeling I got that the author's floundering in the middle was not edited out of the manuscript also makes me wonder if the ending was the author having trouble deciding what to do next But it is an ending that makes me wonder what she's going to do next and I will of course pre order the next Fairyland book like wowYes of the three Fairyland books so far this one is my least favorite and I would be so disappointed to be disappointed again But disappointment is relative because I still give Girl Who Soared an unhesitating 4 stars Even a slightly wobbly and undisciplined Catherynne Valente book is full of concentrated brilliance and win than most authors can manage in an entire careerI await The Girl Who Will Return in the Next Fairyland Book

  5. says:

    Just because it's imaginary doesn't mean it isn't real this is September aka The Girl Who Captured My Heart and Took It On A Marvellous Ride to Fairyland for the third time Repeat offender this cutie but I don't mind On the contrary I hope she makes plans for many wacky bittersweet tenderly wistful returns to the land where Imagination runs free and where she can follow the imperatives of her Criminal heartThat's right you heard me The denizens of Fairyland have dubbed Saturday a professional Criminal licensed and outfitted her properly in black silks and guild hat Readers familiar with her previous adventures already know she deposed a tyrant of the land in the first book and messed with the proper order of the shadowy undeground realm in the second one So she's considred a professional and unrepentant troublemaker Now she's heading for the third sphere up in the air where the Moon is shaken to its very foundations by an angry Yeti Who will be called to save the Moon but our freshly dubbed Criminal Here is everything that soared up high and got lost everything that wanted to keep safe from marauders below This tenderhearted old world catches everything thrown too far and too hard keeps everything fragile whole baseballs and stuffed bears and birds' nests and last autumn leaves zeppelins and Icarus and Leonardo's flying machine Fairies and pterodactyls and cherubims and hot air balloons and a Russian dog or two But reaching the Moon is no easy task you must pass first by the crocodile Calcatrix It's no fun at all to break the rules if there aren't any where your Fate is assessed and where you must pay dearly for the right to travel in the realm You must also be wary of the untrustworthy Blue Wind and its puffins who delight in putting obstacles in your path And you must recover and take good care of your steed Aroostook the 1925 Model A Ford that got sucked into Fairyland together with youSeptember's uest is series of lessons in life delivered by each magnificent creature she meets as she tries to solve the mystery of the furious Yeti Some are old friends like the Wiverary A Through L or the Marid Saturday Most of the others are freshly minted in the forge of Mrs Valente's fancy and wise in the ways of the heart The parables deal with predestination growing up and learning responsibility for your actions the flexibility of time courage love self awareness friendship rules and how to break them The author breaks the fourth wall herself from time to time in the narrative as she feels the need to cheer side by side with us readers her heroine in her moments of doubt Like the time when September wonders why should she struggle if everything is already written in her red book of Fate Here's why So it is written but so too it is crossed out You can write over it again You can make notes in the margins You can cut out the whole page You can and you must edit and rewrite and reshape and pull out the wrong parts like bones and find just the thing and you can forever forever write and and thicker and longer and clearer Living is a paragraph constantly rewritten It is Grown Up Magic Children are heartless; their parents hold them still suirming and shouting until a heart can get going in their little lawless wilderness Teenagers crush their hearts into every hard and thrilling thing to see what will give and what will hold And Grown Ups when they are good when they are very lucky and very brave and their wishes are sharp as scissors when they are in the fullness of their strength use their hearts to start their story over again It all revolves around the heart just as it did in the two earlier books as September got through childhood and through her pre teen selves Now she's a young adult and while the tonality of the book remains whimsical and fanciful the issues and the dangers she has to deal with have themselves graduated to a higher level A heart can learn ever so many tricks and what sort of beast it becomes depends greatly upon whether it it has been taught to sit up or lie down to speak or to beg to roll over or to sound alarms to guard or to attack to find or to stay But the trick most folks are so awfully fond of learning the absolute second they've got hold of a heart is to pretend they don't have one at all It is the very first danger of the hearted Shall I give fair warning as neither you nor I was given? I did struggle a little with this third Fairyland book as most of the encounters in the uest to find Ciderskin the Yeti seemed random and slightly too childish for the older persona of our heroine I'm glad I stuck with the story because everythings comes together masterfully in the end and every step September takes proves essential to her becoming on arrival something beautiful and wise than on departure I will try not to spoil the actual plot and limit myself to name some of the creatures September meets in her journey From their uotes you can probably deduce a good portion of the lessons they deliver These uotes also serve to illustrate the particular prose style of Mrs Valente that put her firmly in one of the top spots on my fantasy firmament Also be aware that reading in advance about these lessons might be considered spoilers so treat carefully from this point forward in my reviewlet's put a picture of the Blue Wind here to break the 'spoilers' awayHard to pick a favorite to start with but because I've always loved sailing I'll present you Ballast Downbound the Klabautermann who runs a salvage operation on the highway to the Moon I'm named for the secret vital core of a ship Ballast is the the weight down in the deep that keeps a vessel upright in dark water A ship's not a ship till she got ballast of her own Down in the belly a big massy mess of rope and wood and hardtack and love letters and harpoons and old lemons Anything that ever fascinated the ship made it sail true patched it or broke it anything the ship loved or longed for anything it could use Some'll tell you a ship's not born till she gets a name or has a bottle of wanderwhiskey broke over her bow but it's not so Whithout ballast she's just wood Next in line is Nefarious Freedom Coppermolt the Third Lobster of the Watch here to welcome you to the greatest city on the satelite in the best carnie tradition Welcome to Almanack the All In One Sanctuary Safehouse Home of the Stationary Circus and the College of Lunar Arts Number One Destination on the Heavenly Circuit and Capital of the Moon You'll find Almanack has taken care of all your needs I promise Travel by Public Tram Taxicrab or Regularly Scheduled Trapeze See the Grand Moonflower Lawn from the sack of a luxury lunar pelican You'll have no cause to complain friend On the contrary I say bring me Orrery is the city on the slopes of the Splendid Dress which is a frightful big and lovely mountain The Glasshobs built it to keep an eye on the stars who have a tendency to run off on adventures and forget about how much we downbelow folks need to navigate and cast horoscopes and meet lovers on balconies A Glasshob is a kind of lantern fish with goat legs and they carry their breathing parts in silver censers that swing from their fins Coming back to Almanack September is invited to meet with the ruler of the city the Whelk who has some wisdom to pass on in her turn Everyone is hungry and not only for food for comfort and love and excitement and the opposite of being alone Almost everything awful anyone does is to get those things and keep them Even the mites and the mussels But no one can use you up unless you let them The whole point of growing is to get big enough to hold the world you want inside you But it takes a long time and you really must eat your vegetables and most often you have to make the world you want out of yourself I already knew September will be reunited with her darling Wiverary and where else could she find it but in Almanack's Library run by Abecedaria the Catalogue Imp who's a Periwig of the Aldermanic Order from the Foxtail Haberdashery She's mighty fierce in her defense of reading A silent Library is a sad Libray A Library should be full of exclamations Shouts of delight and horror as the wonders of the world are discovered or the lies of the heavens uncovered or the wild adventures of devil knows who sent romping out of the pages A Library should be full of 'now just a minutes' and 'that can't be rights' and scientifick folk running skelter to prove somebody wrong It should positively vibrate with laughter at comedies and sobbing at tragedies it should echo with gasps as decent ladies glimpse indecent things and indecent ladies stumble upon secret and scandalous decencies A Libray should not 'shush'; It should 'roar' Let's clap all our hand flippers fins wings tentacles paws for Abecedaria and move on with our adventure picking up blue Saturday along the way from his trapeze lessons in the origami built Stationary Circus saying hello to Pentameter the sonnet boy and Valentine the love letter girl Next stop is an argumentative donkey with a peacock tail named Candlestick She's teaching lessons about learning Every place has a Pluto It's where the universe keeps the polar bears and last year's pickled entropy and the spare gravity You need a Pluto or you're hardly a universe at all Plutos teach lessons A lesson is like a time traveling argument Becasue you see you can't argue until you've had the lesson or else you're just suabbling with your own ignorance But a lesson is really just the result of arguments other people had ages ago You can't learn anything without arguing As our heroine approaches her final destination maybe it's time to learn something about her fearsome adversary to better appreciate the task she embarked on and the real danger she has chosen to confront A Yeti grows from a little fury snowball to a shaggy monster with black ram's horns and burning red eyes and hands that could crush wine out of boulders uicker than you can say 'does that avalanche have teeth?' They love the winter and they love the snow; they love the mountains and they love to eat and all the things that go with eating suashing and walloping and tearing and ripping and crunching and gnawing The final lines I've bookmarked in the novel are the three most important lessons September learns so I'll need to do an even better job of hiding them from unprepared eyes It's preferable to follow in the girl's footsteps or the moral of the story loses its impactview spoiler First is the answer to the existential uestion everyone of us has to face at one point or another of our journey Who am I? The answer comes courtesy of an Undercamel from Pluto What others call you you become It's a terrible magic that anyone can do so do it Call yourself what you wish to becomeNext you must be aware that in order to give of yourself you must first fill yourself with life and wonder imagination is just like a muscle that needs constant exercising Fairyland is what I have where a ship has ballast In high seas it keeps me upright And maybe growing up only means getting bigger As big as Almanack as a whelk on the moon who can hold a world inside itLast but not least comes a bit of love advice delivered by time challenged Saturday the Marid who is in the habit of meeting with his younger and older selves Listen to me Love is a Yeti It is bigger than you and frightening and terrible It makes loud and vicious noises It is hungry all the time It has horns and teeth and the force of its fists is than anyone can bear It speeds up time and slows it down And it has its own aims and missions that those who are lucky enough to see it cannot begin to guess You might see a Yeti once in your life or never You might live in a village of them But in the end no matter how fast you think you can go the Yeti is always faster than you and you can only choose how you say hello to it and whether you shake its hand I hope the next Fairyland book has two say about these two star crossed lovers who live in separate worlds and cannot control the time and place of their next date night hide spoiler

  6. says:

    I love these books I've said it before and if there are to come I'll damn well say it again I love these books These are books I'd be so happy to read to children and I would barely be able to suppress my glee to see what stories they'd come up with themselves prompted by these inventive and whimsical tales September every time she goes to Fairyland steals my heartNote The rest of this review has been withheld due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

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    September and the Model A Ford AroostookTwelve year old September has visited Fairyland twice before and longs to return She misses her friends the Marid Saturday and the Wyverary affectionately called Ell Life is sad and monotonous at home where she helps her invalid father and does odd jobs for neighbours Anyone for a Taxicrab?But when she finally gets back to her beloved Fairyland things have changed For one thing she can't find her friends The Model A Ford she arrived in is also seemingly developing a personality of it's own both odd with decorative additions Can September vanuish the fearsome Yeti that is carving up the moon? Will she find a way for the fairies to return and will she ever leave Fairyland again? Dear friendsThis is the third book in a five part series and just like the first two never fails to impress Full of fantasic characters and the most bizarre landscapes imaginable The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two is a middle grade fantasy lovers delight Catherynne M Valente is a wordsmith of the highest order and although sometimes the story can get overwhelmed by strangeness the writing is for the most part first class

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    This was a lovely third book to the Fairyland series where September has struggled to return to Fairyland and is wondering if you can ever really go back The characters left behind in Fairyland have struggled too missing her and loving her Life apart is not always easySeptember meets a few versions of Saturday and starts to uestion whether she gets choices in her life and between that and the nostalgia of childhood and facing being a grownup and what that means for her fairy land and fairy friends this book is a bit tinged in sadness It also includes Valente's amazing imagination that we've seen from her poetry to Palimpsest still my favorite to the very underdiscussed Prester John booksThis is the first book of Valente's that I've listened to and Catherynne M Valente is a marvelous performer of her own work Her voice has the versatility of an old Hollywood actress with moments of great rich depth I feel like going back and listening to everything she's ever read Her performance enriches her worlds and I highly recommend the audioLittle bits I likedMarriage is a wrestling match where you hold on tight while your mate changes into a hundred different things The trick is that you're changing into a hundred other things but you can't let go You can only try to match up and never turn into a wolf while he's a rabbit or a mouse while he's still busy being an owl It's harder than it soundsA Library should be full of exclamationsAll Librarians are Secret Masters of Severe MagicA Library at its ripping roaring best is a raucous beast to ride

  9. says:

    April 28 2016 Much of what I was thinking to share about this story I already talked about in the review below so high five for past me I will clarify that what I attributed to an ambling middle I would now call a fuzzy plot I've got the general idea of what September was meant to do adventure wise but it it can become the slightest bit muddled especially when it comes to action Valente can kind of rush and over describe her action so that you leave a block of text thinking I'm not entirely sure what just happened but it sure was pretty If I could be objective about this book I'd probably rank it a 45 stars primarily for this reason It does than make up for it with the characters we meet Tell me how Valente can make a better character out of an old car with a flower steering wheel than most authors can make their main characters Everyone is so rich and lovely and every place has Lessons to Teach and Very Important Things to say and I just gobble that up I mentioned in my original review that I love stories about growing up and YES Everything this book said about the confusion of trying to figure out who you are and how we spend a childhood growing a heart only to have people tell us that being an adult means hiding it away was beautiful I love this series June 15 to 28 2015 This was probably never going to be anything less than five stars I love it I'm invested some of my favorite characters are here and at the end of the day Valente can tell us just about anything in the most beautiful language She can make up any land and any creature and just brings it all to life with wit and clever phrases I love reading these words so much it's hard to hold anything else against them Each of her books seems to have a theme at the heart of them and as will be obvious to anyone reading this third book is about growing up I love love books about growing up and coming of age stories so I was totally enad with it Plus we get the extra wonderful spin of both Saturday and September being people out of time People who experience past present and future all in a jumble September grapples with who she will become and what fate means and if she has any choice or control in the matter My heart went out to Saturday in such a great way in this book What a wonderful boy and excellent counterpart for SeptemberThe middle bits did seem to amble along and sometimes Valente seemed to lose the string of storytelling and fuzzy some of the main plot points If you asked me to tell you about this book I could tell you about all the stops on their trip and who they met than the unifying main story line though the ending was perfect and that I remember September busted into Fairyland when no one came to get her so it stands that she had an adventure unlike the two others we've seen While this kind of scattered middle has caused some people to deduct a star or two I cannot The thrown about adventure and ambling about just prop up a story that is about the scattered and ambling process of growing up Maybe that's me giving it too much credit but again I was predisposed to love this to pieces I'm just so darn glad to have this series and a little sad to finish it soon and a little worried about having to wait for so long for the next one But so it goes

  10. says:

    At this point if you haven’t read the first two books I definitely don’t suggest you jump in here If you have then what’re you waiting for? Fairyland has enchantment sadness and whimsy for you And in this book September gets to spend time with Ell and Saturday again — the Ell and Saturday she knew in the first book and not their shadowsOnce again September doesn’t go back to Fairyland; at least not so simply and directly We have another new setting for the friends to explore and another new problem for September to try to solve Or do we? There’s no Maruess or Shadow Self to defeat this time that’s for sure I enjoyed the setting and stuff like the taxicrabs and all the puffins I’m not entirely certain what the Blue Wind is up to in this book and it looks like we might have to wait another book to find outMy only real criticism is that despite the lovely whimsy there’s a bit too much of it The plot doesn’t really get going until nearly halfway through and instead we seem to sort of sightsee — only for things to then rush past enormously fast But it does say gorgeous things about friendship and love and having a heart and growing upJust as this was settling into a rhythm where September goes to Fairyland in the first part wanders about gathering allies and then solves all the issues this book shakes things up a bit It does take a while to get going but once it is things don’t uite turn out the way September expects them to from prior experience and it ends differently too And I gather the next book shakes things up even with new protagonists I don’t know how much I’ll like that but I can’t wait to give it a tryOriginally posted here