My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
I've always been a lover of fantasy and adventure stories ever since I met Harry Potter back in grade school. This is my second fantasy read this year after reading Michael Scott's The Magician. I can't believe it was published 1998. Why haven't I read this before? Well, I know that there was a movie produced 2007 but I haven't watched it then.
I love how Gaiman have built this world beyond the Wall. The Wall makes it sound scary at first. I mean "The Wall", the name itself reminds me of the White Walkers beyond the Wall in Game of Thrones. Anyways, the world he created was wonderful and unique. Every creature beyond the wall seemed to be cursed and there seems to be no breaking it.
*A mouse to eat Nut of Wisdom in order to return to being a Prince.
*An owl to eat a mouse who ate a Nut of Wisdom in order to return to its true form.
*A lady chained and enslaved by a witch only to be free when the moon loses her daughter and when there comes 2 mondays.
|Wicked, right? But it's what makes the story complicated but exciting.|
Anyway, Tristan Thorn is an amazing character. He's smart and funny and well, a bit silly. Why did he ever believed everything Victoria promised him. It's such a pity. Well anyway, he would've never met Yvainne and his real mother if it weren't because of Victoria's silly challenges.
The failed attempts of the Stormhold brothers and the witches to capture Yvainne were epic and it only led them to their death. It's funny how aggressiveness and greed for power can just led us to our own end.
Tiny people singing, little hairy man with unlimited supplies from his bag(Sounds like Doraemon), unicorns, trees talking, flying ships, goats turning to human, angry forest and more. This story is indeed packed of exciting adventure, not to mention words to learn. Now, let's go grab our dictionaries and hunt down these words...
NINNY, LACKWIT, DUNDERHEAD, COXCOMB, CLODPILL, NUMBSHELL, VEMINOUS CAT....
5 Unicorns for Gaiman
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