The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I fell in love with the Fairyland created by Catherynne M. Valente after reading the first book in this series. I was very much looking forward to another adventure! When I realized that this installment would be taking place in Fairyland Below (the Shadow version of Fairyland) I was initially disappointed. However, this proved to be another wonderful tale!
When September lost her Shadow in the first book, she never dreamed that her Shadow would become a nefarious force of its own. Self-named Halloween the Hollow Queen, September's Shadow is ruling Fairyland Below and is abducting the Shadows from everyone in Fairyland Above! The loss of shadows is draining the magic from Fairyland above, transforming it into an ordinary world!
September knows that she must restore balance to Fairyland but The Shadows want to retain their freedom. The only clue September can find that might help to restore order is an old legend of a Sleeping Prince. September travels to find this Prince, with the Shadows of her friends A through L and Saturday, but it just isn't the same as being with her actual friends. Friends and Enemies just aren't what September expects down in Fairyland below.
September is an excellent role model for young adults, especially young women. She isn't afraid to question what she finds unjust and challenge the norm. She is compassionate, brave and self-respecting. She is much more than just an ordinary girl from Nebraska. September is a fierce heroine whose adventures are unique and exciting. I highly recommend this series.