Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter. The weather was actually nice over the weekend. I was able to get out into my garden and plant some peas, a good two weeks later than last year, but it felt good to get out and play in the dirt again. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t hold until today so I’ve had to cancel the latest Outdoor Adventure Group trip. So, it’s just another book review today.

stardustPublished: 1998

Genre: fantasy

Length: 212 pages

Setting: an alternate history medieval England were Faerie still exists.

Setting: It’s one of Neil Gaiman’s classics, so I picked it up when I saw it at the library.

Summary: Dunstan Thorn lives a pretty ordinary life in Wall. When the fair comes to the meadow beyond the wall, Dunstan goes and is smitten by a fairy woman. He goes back to see her that night, and nine months later, Tristan Thorn shows up in a basket at the gap in the wall. When Tristan grows up, he vows to bring back a fallen star for his lady-love. He ventures into the world of Faerie to find the star. Others are searching for the star, including a witch, who wants the star’s heart to restore her youth, and several princes who want the topaz necklace around her waist to ascend to Kingship. With the help of some fellow travelers, Tristan find the star and heads back to Wall, fighting off the witch in the process. Once he gets back home, he realizes he’s not meant for such a mundane life. Turns out he’s a prince, so he and Yvaine (the star), head back into Faerie for further adventures.

Final thoughts: A delightful story with beautiful pictures that enhance the story. It’s not so much a graphic novel as an illustrated story, since the pictures just add to the story, and don’t drive the story. With the illustrations, you may think it’s a children’s book, but it’s really written for adults with a couple of brief adult scenes and one F-bomb. Tristan’s adventures in Faerie were full of enough action to keep the story moving along, and made you want to accompany him through the woods. Gaiman does a great job at character and world building as well. He’s able to give great payouts on little bits of plot, like how the witch loses Yvaine due to a delightful piece of irony.

Title comes from: The plot revolves around Tristan’s quest to find a fallen star.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 28/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge


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