“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 has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September’s shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland’s shadows back.

Fans of Valente’s bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September’s journey, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem. . . .

October 2, 2012  |  304 pages
(Read from Jan 28, 2014 to Jan 30, 2014)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 60% Entertainment, 40% Literature
Writing Quality:
Low High
Low High

Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
I enjoyed the added maturity of this 2nd book in the series, and thought it still held on to a lot of the whimsy and charm of the first book. However, I missed the presence of most of the beloved secondary characters from the previous book, and I thought the conclusion seemed a bit rushed and unsatisfactory. Still, I look forward to reading more in this series, at least for the wonderful imagery of Fairlyland.  (+1 vote)