Neil Gaiman proves once again that he is a master of the modern fairy tale with Stardust.
At the beginning of this tale, Tristan Thorn is hopelessly in love with Victoria Forester, the prettiest girl in the whole town of Wall, who completely refuses his advances. When a shooting star falls from the sky, he promises to get it for her in return for a kiss. Soon, Tristran finds himself leaving town and crossing over into the land of Faerie, starbound. But the capturing a fallen star is not so easy, and he’s not the only one looking for it. Madame Semele, a witch, and the ruthless Lord Septimus are on their way to use it for their own, separate, sinister purposes. Thus begins a mad dash to retrieve the star, with chases and fights and adventure of the highest kind.
Anyone who appreciates fairy tales will enjoy this more adult yarn, not only for its fantasy aspects, but also for its presentation. Throughout Stardust, Gaiman's simplistic, fairy-tale style prose is like the works of yester-century, with whimsical chapter headings and archaic words creeping back into the text. The story is quick and the adventure is high.
Stardust is enjoyable from start to finish. Collectively, we might not remember the fairy tales that inspired this work, but anyone readingStardust will quickly learn it won’t soon be forgotten.
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“A twisting, wondrous tale full of magic that only Neil Gaiman could have written.” — Chicago Tribune
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, a beautiful and enchanting tale of love, adventure, and magic―one of ten classic Gaiman works repackaged with elegant original watercolor art by acclaimed artist Henry Sene Yee
Go and catch a falling star . . .
Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria Forester—even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that stone barrier, Tristran learns, lies Faerie, a world of lords and witches . . . and the most exhilarating adventure of the young man’s life.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a tale of the dark and miraculous—a quest for true love and the utterly impossible.
Neil Gaiman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Coraline, and The Sandman graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College.