My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is my first time diving into Gaiman’s world, and I totally got what the buzz is about.
A fairy-tale retelling with lots of dark and twisted themes and settings. We get to see, witches, fallen stars, and a mountain made of a giant’s spine. The voice too is fairy-tale like.
But still, nothing of a children’s fiction. For example, Gaiman had spent a couple of pages depicting two sets of knives made especially to cut out someone’s heart. So yeah, I would rather not a kid read it. And the best part is, this book isn’t even considered Gaiman at his best, so I can’t even imagine how his better books might be.
In this story, we follow a boy name Tristan Thorn, who is in love with the prize-girl of his town. Victoria Forester. But considered, at large, a nobody. So ones he goes out to propose her, she laughs him off. Whilst they both witness a star falling from the sky, and Victoria says to him if he bring that particular star back for her, she will do whatever he asks of her.
And just like that, his journey to faerie lands begin.
Where we see sky kingdoms, flying ships, talking trees, and witches. The one we so much hated since our childhood, they are made with the same amount of viciousness and more.
A magical blend of what we had known ever since we were kids, and sprinkling a new breath in it. Gaiman has crafted a true masterpiece.