Author: Neil Gaiman
Release Date: January 5th, 2000 (originally October 28th, 1998)
Pages: 333 (Paperback)
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Adventure
Read: from June 19 to 23, 2012
Source & Shelf: Purchase | Own
Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm.
The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.
*This review might contain spoilers*
I loved this book so much I can’t believe I finished it in 3 days!!! I normally spend like a week reading a book… I’m really slow. I just couldn’t put it down… I was just completely submerged within the story it was hard to pull away it from me.
I thought this was a book for kids… but I was mistaken. Sure it does have Unicorns, magic, fallen stars, witches and so much more, but it stills a book for young adults due to some swears and a few sex concerning scenes.
I already knew the main story because of the movie (which I enjoyed a lot and is, for sure, suitable for children – apart from the book) and was fascinated with the fantasy around it. The idea of a mystical world separated by our real world by a wall was something quite interesting. And then, the entire action revolving around a fallen star: Tristan wants it to win Victoria’s heart; the witch wants it in order to be young again; and Septimus and his brothers’ want it because it contains the stone which will decide which one of them will be king.
My favourite character was the fallen star: Yvaine. She was just the coolest character in the whole book (okay, Tristan was also a good character). She was not that sort of character who is a victim and doesn’t fight over her life. Tristan was a character that developed a lot during the whole story; he has grown up since his first appearance to his death.
Of course that, being influenced by the movie, I couldn’t help compare both while I was reading. There are certain scenes in the movie I wished were in the book… but the way Gaiman wrote it was amazing. In fact, if he hadn’t written the story this way, perhaps the changes done to fit in the movie wouldn’t be practical. In the movie, I understand the reason why they’ve decided to add a fight scene in the end… the movie needed the action which lacks in the book. Nonetheless, both were great and I didn’t change my opinion about the movie because of the book.
I recommend this book to all fairy-tale, fantasy lovers who love to laugh, to get lost inside a fantasy world where everything is possible and love conquers all.