Idgiepug’s #CBR4 Review #34: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is a wonderful little book with a big name. It’s a modern fairytale/fantasy hybrid about a girl named September who is whisked away from her home by a leopard and deposited in fairyland. There, September tries to abide by the leopard’s warnings, help the friends she meets along the way, and deal with the difficult Marquess of fairyland who has replaced the good and gentle lost queen. I was delighted by the characters, especially the Wyverary (half Wyvern/half library) called A Through L. Ell, as September calls him, has his wings chained by order of the Marquess, but he helps September as best he can and becomes her companion. The story plays a lot with the tropes of fantasy stories, but manages to be unique and interesting at the same time. The edition I read also had lovely illustrations that added to the story. It’s not all light-hearted fun, though; there are some dark moments here. My only minor quibble was that the “twist” at the end was a touch predictable, but it didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the book. Reading it was an enjoyable experience, and I look forward to the sequel.