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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

(Fairyland #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  9,489 ratings  ·  1,251 reviews
“One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.”—Time magazine, on the Fairyland series

September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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Oh, September... You have grown up a bit, haven't you? And learned that actions have consequences. And you are not Heartless any more, are you, my dear girl?

"Hearts set about finding other hearts the moment they are born, and between them, they weave nets so frightfully strong and tight that you end up bound forever in hopeless knots, even to the shadow of a beast you knew and loved long ago."
Oh, September... You've hardened up and toughened up a bit now, haven't you? It's about time for you to
“A book is a door, you know. Always and forever. A book is a door into another place and another heart and another world.”

I can’t wait to open the doors to Catherynne Valente's Fairyland with my daughters, and maybe even my grandchildren. These books are destined to be placed among the classics of children’s literature; I’m absolutely sure of it. I know they’ll each have a permanent home with me, right next to Alice in Wonderland, Coraline, A Wrinkle in Time, Alanna, The Witches, and all of the
What an amazingly and gloriously smart YA.

It's not only a fun and delightful quest and beautiful flight of imagination, but it's also rife with tons and tons of literary and mythical allusions, whether oblique or referenced almost directly. It's keeping my adult brain most occupied and thrilled and slathered in smarts.

And how in the world can such a tale also be written so smoothly and cleverly that a young child can follow it without a care in the world?

Answer: Catherynne M. Valente.

Megan Baxter
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even if I didn't love this quite as much as I loved the first one (and I loved that one quite a lot!), I still very much enjoyed my second trip to Fairyland, holding on to September's coat-tails, hiding while she underwent another set of adventures, but this time with the burden of a newly-grown heart.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire revi
INITIALLY: Whoa, wait a minute. More September? Woot!
Edit: Just read the description, and Holy Effing Velocipedes, I want this NOW.

What can I say that I didn't already say in my review of The Girl Who Circumnavigated ? When I finished the first book, it felt complete. That's not to say there wasn't room for more, but it felt like it easily could have been a somewhat open-ended stand-alone book, and I was happy about that. But that doesn't mean I wasn't tickled to death to hear there
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: imaginative, playful readers
Once you’ve been to a world filled with magic, what happens next?

September first visited Fairyland in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Young, carefree and heartless: her adventures there exposed to her wonders and dangers; she formed new friendships with barely a thought for home. Now September is back in Omaha, Nebraska, at the end of a very long, non-Fairyland year. It’s been tough; though she has a secret she carries “with her like a pair of rich gloves, whi
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As anyone can see here on GR, I've marked one hell of a lot of quotes from this book - just as I did for the 1st volume. That's how wonderful Cathrynne M. Valente's writing is. Poetic and beautiful without being pretentious or haughty.

So this is the 2nd Fairyland book about the girl named September. Naturally, after all the things that happened in book 1, she wants nothing more than to go back to Fairyland. But she must wait her turn - something that hurt me as much as her while reading the firs
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This comes out on Tuesday, and if you have not yet read Fairyland #1 (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making), you definitely should. You may also zip over to where they have the first five chapters up for free (of this volume). Check out the illustrations too, as I really love the art in this book.

While not quite my favorite Valente (that will always be Palimpsest), I think the Fairyland books are probably going to be what most people will love the most of he
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

I thought the first Fairyland book was mostly inspired by The Wizard of Oz. This second journey of the practical and courageous girl named September makes me think more of Alice In Wonderland. Probably because we travel through a hole in the ground to Fairyland bellow and we meet a host of incredible creatures on a twisting and turning quest of self discovery. Before I start on the story, I would like to point out that, while the first book could be read as a standalone, The Girl Who Fell
4.5 stars. Scrumptious language, bizarre and off-kilter individuals and environments, so much colour, and so many interesting choices September has to make in her journey to deal with her shadow (excised in book 1). And there's a dodo!
If you liked the first book, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, I can’t see why you would dislike this one. The writing is of the same quality, the world is just as strange and intriguing — and there’s a lot of new things — and the characters are just as dear. Particularly Aubergine, who was the star of the book. There wasn’t enough of Ell and Saturday, but the plot with their shadows was interesting because it looked at familiar characters and the parts they did ...more
[April 6, 2016] My full review below does a pretty good job capturing my love for this series. I'm marking for reread and to make one additional note: The slower pace of the first half of the story wasn't a me thing, I don't think. I think this book does just amble a bit more than the first. Something about being already familiar with the world and yet discovering all these new pieces of it just slows the story down a bit. Not enough that this is anything less than 5 stars for me, but the slowne ...more
Caro the Helmet Lady
Somewhat less breathtaking than the first one, probably because the element of surprise is gone and you already know that ANYTHING can happen in Valente's book, but also very good. I wonder if Antichrist Hollywood wants to make a movie out of it? In which case I hope they hire Guillermo Del Toro of "Pan's Labyrinth" instead of Tim Burton of "Alice in Wonderland"...
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Oh September, you have grown up so much but still have a lot to learn about Fairyland

Question: how do you make one of the most creative literary world's i have ever read about even more imaginative? Answer: throw in a more mature heroine in September who after a year from Fairyland longs to return only to find things not as they were. The land she fell in love with is becoming more and more lifeless thanks to the mystery of the disappearing shadows that as a result mean the magic is going until
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“A book is a door, you know. Always and forever. A book is a door into another place and another heart and another world.”

I don't know how Valente can come up with these ideas. This series, Deathless, I swear, are some of the most beautiful books I've ever read. Unique concepts, amazing, poetic writing style, complex worlds that literally come to life. Fairytales. The best fairytales one could ask for.

“She did not know yet how sometimes people keep parts of themselves hidden and secret, somet
5 star read right up until the end, and then... I don't even know what happened, exactly, but that may be the problem.

Well, if it's a problem at all it's the most tiny, minor thing. 4.5 stars. Maybe even more... I'll let it settle a little first, before deciding.

Catherynne Valente is simply astounding. I want to use words like “quirky”, “whimsical” and “creative to describe her storytelling – but after reading this, I can’t help but find those words… well, a little dull in comparison. Valente is
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It's hard to duplicate a success - countless series and books that follow-up first-in-line beloved stories can easily attest to how hard a feat that is to accomplish. Happily, that is so far from the case here with Catherynne Valente's second foray into her magical, modernish fairytale series with The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. Told once again in the same wistful, cheeky tone, and with the same immediately immersive feelin
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is one of my all-time favorite books ever, even though I just read it last year. A wise, witty modern children's story with everything from Wonderland to Oz to Narnia stuffed between its pages by a grinning author, it has Catherynne Valente's trademark wordy bling, but at a level kids can enjoy as much as adults. It's a book to fall in love with books by.

I was thrilled that Valente plans to do an entire series of Fairyland books,
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
Look, if I could give this book a separate rating for prose, I would give it 5 stars. The writing is truly lovely and clever, but sparkly writing without depth of plot or of characterization is simply not enough to hook me. I'm not saying that the story is completely devoid of any depth, but the pretty pearls of wisdom delivered in little witty bits here and there fail to resonate in a meaningful way. This is partly due to the fact that the characters and the plot are too simple, too uncomplicat ...more
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every bit as strange and wonderful and lovely as the first book. I can't wait to see what happens next !
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I loved the first book but I had trouble staying focused on this one, it lost the magic and dark whimsy of the first one for me and I wasn't attached to much that was happening. But her writing is great and the ending was sweet. I probably won't continue the series, I'm satisfied to end it here.
4.5 stars

A review copy of The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There was kindly provided to me by Macmillan.

'Shadows are the other side of yourself'

Hardly a day has passed since September hasn't thought about Fairyland and Ell and Saturday and the Green Wind. Sometimes she even wonders whether she imagined the whole thing, but it was all so very real because September's shadow is gone; she left it behind in Fairyland. But she's thirteen now, and so much time has passed and she
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes after finishing a book, it’s hard to imagine a sequel being plausible or enjoyable. When I read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making, the story felt complete, but I felt as though Valente had only cracked the door to the world she created, and that there was much more inside her head and unpublished books. Valente’s sequel is different from the debut that charmed so many of us: readers see a different part of fairyland and a thirteen-year-old September. I ...more
Lulu (the library leopard)
childhood favorite remains a favorite!
Valente has done it again. How do I go about reviewing a book whose each and every passage begs to be quoted? If I started, I think I might not be able to stop, and all you'd have is one long compilation of excerpts…which might be not so bad actually, but it would rather give the plot away.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making-an instant favorite for me- felt complete. There was nothing left unresolved in September's first trip to Fairyland, at least nothing that wou
Trigger warnings: violence, mentions of war.

I think I stand by everything I said last time. I loved it in the end and the secret of the Alleyman gives me many feelings. But it took me quite a long time to get there because I just wanted to be back with the characters I know and love from the first book...

I had mixed feelings going into this book. I wasn't sure it would live up to how much I enjoyed the first book, especially when I realised that certain characters weren't actu
Andrew Hiller
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this better than the first book and I liked the first book a lot.

In Book 2, our main hero September has to clean up the mess that she was accidental catalyst to. She goes through a labyrinth of adventures and meets an absurd cadre of characters and creatures, but the star of the book is Valente's writing.

The wordsmithing is marvelous. It's creative, playful, and many times beautiful. What makes this book better than the first (in my opinion) is that the narrative flow is much improved. T
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I had hoped beyond hope that this one would live up to its predecessor. I am sad, and quite heartbroken to find that for me, it fell rather than flew.

Now this is not to say that I hated the book; there were elements I wholeheartedly adored. The Sibyl, the Duke of Teatime and the Vicereine of Coffee, Aubergine... I couldn't get enough of them. But there were moments (more than one) where the book just seemed to drag on. I'd find myself counting down the pages until the next chapter.

The ending pi
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I didn't like this one quite as much as the first, (my 4 stars is actually rounded up from 3.5). I think, though, that being honest, this is a little bit of "it's me, not the book" -- I was listening to this as an audiobook, and I didn't always give it the mental attention I should have. I also stopped and took a break, so when I came back to it, it had been several months since I'd listened to the first part.

Having said that, the imagination on display is quite remarkable. It makes me think of
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this, so much more than the first. Whether that is due to the difference in September's age and disposition or with the ridiculously awesome performance of the narrator on the audiobook, I don't even care. Christmas gifts for everyone!
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Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
The language in this book is melodic and complex. The scenes, fanciful characters, were once again amazing to picture. I listened to it driving to and from work and when I finished it, I listened to it a second time.

But we are in shadowland here, should not this be darker? It is dark enough with shadows being gathered and the world upside down, or is it inside out? That magic is leaving above ground fairyland and going underground is scary enough, but underground being full of revels and magic a
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Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, sweet story. Really want to share these books with my young nieces.
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A second great adventure in this amazing series. I have to confess, however, I was initially heartbroken when I found out that the author would not be reading this volume. SJ tucker did an excellent job with the characters and language, remarkably so in some cases, but I just absolutely love Valente's reading and so felt a smidgen of regret as the story began. I also mistakenly began listening to the third book and so was once again transported by the author's take on her own writing only to rea ...more
Once again Valente has created a wholly unexpected and fantastic world. It's a fairy tale because there are fairies and magic, but it's not like any fairy tale I've ever read before. The world is so new and different, but at the same time very matter-of-fact about how things all work, as if it just is.

I wished to see more of the real Saturday and I hope to see more September (she has such a wonderful way of solving her problems slantwise, like a Bishop), but if I continue with this series, I wil
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Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this sequel more than the first - could be due to the change in narrator. I notice that there is yet a different narrator for the third. Hm,m.
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Excellent second entry in this magical YA fantasy series. Readers of all ages will love adventuring along with September as she is whisked back to Fairyland a year after her first adventure. She's desperately looking forward to seeing her friends A-L (a wyverary) and Saturday the Marid, but when she arrives, she's instead introduced to some new people (creatures) and learns that everyone in Fairyland is having their shadows stolen, and they're being sucked into Fairyland Below, where September's ...more
I rarely think that sequels are on par with the original, but this book really was something! The concept was excellent, the characters were believable and interesting, and the plot was surprising and magical. Again, the feminist tilt to the fairy tale made everything so much more enjoyable because it was informed by equality and consent! The narrator of this audio book was singer/songwriter/storyteller S.J. Tucker, who I think should have narrated the entire series--her voice was silky and clea ...more
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Catherynne M. Valente was born on Cinco de Mayo, 1979 in Seattle, WA, but grew up in in the wheatgrass paradise of Northern California. She graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics. She then drifted away from her M.A. program and into a long residence in the concrete and cam ...more

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Fairyland (5 books)
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
  • The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland, #3)
  • The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (Fairyland, #4)
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