This is book number 2 in the Fairyland series.
In this sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, September finds herself falling back into fairyland. This time her mission is to save fairyland from her own Shadow, who is draining fairyland of its magic for frivolous reasons. Valente's delicious language and inventive settings are to be savored while her knowledge of fairy folklore will entice adult fantasy readers. An added bonus: each chapter stands alone, making for perfect bedtime reading.— Marika McCoola
September returns to Fairyland to find her shadow in another satisfying adventure. Again, Valente dazzles us with her rich use of language and leaves us hungry for the next beautifully constructed sentence. If you love classic fantasy stories you are sure to be a fan. — Whitney Kaaz
“Valente makes magic again with the sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. After waiting anxiously for a year and keeping her first trip to Fairyland a secret, September literally tumbles back into the fantasy land for another adventure. It seems the trouble in Fairyland might be of September's own making. She gave up her own shadow in the first book, and now all the shadows and magic in Fairyland are disappearing and September must travel to the underworld to confront the Hollow Queen and restore the magic to her beloved secret world. Such a fun series!”
— Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books & Music, Lansing, MI
"One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century."—Time magazine, on the Fairyland series
September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September's shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland's shadows back.
Fans of Valente's bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September's journey in The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren't always what they seem. . . .
Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, Radiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (and the four books that followed it). She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Sturgeon, Eugie Foster Memorial, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus, and Hugo awards, as well as the Prix Imaginales. Valente has also been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.
Find out more on her website and on Twitter!
“Valente is making new myths right now, right before our eyes. Don't miss the show.” —TIME
“[Valente] fills her Fairyland with magical wonder.” —School Library Journal
“Remarkable. . . . Sophisticated, prodigious blending of familiar and original storytelling elements adds multilayered texture, while the rich prose oozes exotic, imaginative imagery.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Valente draws motifs from mythology, fairy tales, and Victorian fantasy to build an astonishing, appealing world all her own. Juan's whimsical black-and-white spot illustrations ably capture outlandish Fairyland and its inhabitants.” —The Horn Book
“One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.” —Lev Grossman on The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, TIME
“A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian Fairy Tale, done with heart and wisdom.” —Neil Gaiman, Newbery Award–winning author of The Graveyard Book, on The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
“September is a clever, fun, stronghearted addition to the ranks of bold, adventurous girls. Valente's subversive storytelling is sheer magic.” —Tamora Pierce, author of The Immortals series, on The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
“A mad, toothsome romp of a fairy tale--full of oddments, whimsy, and joy.” —Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, on The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
“When I saw that this book reminds me simultaneously of E. Nesbit, James Thurber, and the late Eva Ibbotson, I don't mean to take anything awy from its astonishing originality. It's a charmer from the first page, managing the remarkable parlay of being at once ridiculously funny and surprisingly suspenseful. Catherynne Valente is a find, at any age!” —Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn, on The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
“This is a kind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by way of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland--it's the sort of book one doesn't want to end.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
“[Fairyland creates] a world as bizarre and enchanting as any Wonderland or Oz and a heroine as curious, resourceful and brave as any Alice or Dorothy. Complex, rich and memorable.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
“This book is quite simply a gold mine.” —Booklist, starred review on The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
“Amusing, wrenching, and thought-provoking.” —The Horn Book on The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making