The girl who circumnavigated fairyland in a ship of her own making by Catherynne M. Valente

 Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday


The girl who circumnavigated fairyland in a ship of her own making (yeah say that 3 times fast) is an incredible tale. A fairy tale at its best with amazing narration and blow your mind descriptions/ imagery.

This book is only 327 pages but it feels like so much more it’s filled with amazing creatures, worlds made of cloth and swords made of wrenches, friendship, lost hearts, people named nor and not, Saturday and goodbye, this story is just beautiful

September is a 12 year old girl, her dad has been drafted in the war and her mum is working a lot, she feels lonely, her school peers don’t like to do what she does and all she wants is a friend to sit with and discuss books! Oh September don’t we all! if only you had goodreads you wouldn’t have gone on this epic adventure through fairyland but then I wouldn’t of read this story and thats no fun.

September meets a Wyverary named A through L and their friendship is so great and heartwarming. As you would imagine a Fairytale to be there is an evil queen who needs to be defeated and lots of challenges and hurdles to cross.

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A through L (Ell) the Wvyrn/library the Wvyrary

My favourite part of the this book is the narration, the narrator is funny, kind and so just great, here here just listen:

“It is true that novelists are shameless and obey no decent law, and they are not to be trusted on any account, but some Mysteries even they must honour.”

“Readers will always insist on adventures, and though you can have grief without adventures, you cannot have adventures without grief.” 

“… but as has been said, September read often, and liked it best when words did not pretend to be simple, but put on their full armor and rode out with colors flying.”

 

Favorite line:“… but as has been said, September read often, and liked it best when words did not pretend to be simple, but put on their full armor and rode out with colors flying.”

5 out of 5 stars

This story is just beautiful, imaginative, funny thought-provoking, highly quotable and a fantastical adventure story! I highly recommend this to anyone that loves beautiful writing and epic Fairytales.

Have you read this? What did you think of Wyverary? I mean dragons and libraries? How could I not love him 🙂

 

 

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