The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, Falling Kingdoms & The Neverending Story

NEW: THE GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH FAIRYLAND AND LED THE REVELS THERE, Book Two in the Fairyland series, by Catherynne M. Valente and illustrated by Ana Juan

In Valente’s 2009 book Palimpsest, the narrator briefly mentions a book that one of the characters read as a child called The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own MakingFans wanted more from that intriguing title and Valente obliged, crowd-funding the online publication of that fictional book about a girl named September who is whisked away from Omaha to Fairyland. The story was then picked up for traditional publication in 2009 and the second book in the anticipated five-book series, continues September’s travels:

September returns to Fairyland to reunite with A-Through-L, Saturday, and Gleam, and to confront her shadow-self, who has become the queen of Fairyland-Below, the upside-down world beneath the Fairyland of the first novel, filled with creatures of water and shadow, tales of ancient Fairyland before the human world was born, and not a few hungry buffins, blind birds of ice and moonlight. The yearly revels of Fairyland-Below climax in a mysterious rite September must avert or else lose her shadow forever.


Book One in the Fairyland series

From the reader community:

“I think the Fairyland books are going to be what most people will love the most of Valente’s work. They demonstrate the author’s ability to look at something familiar and find beauty and the bizarre in it, and to see it from a different angle. The world feels fresh despite some moments of homage, and I enjoyed this second trip back to Fairyland with September.” ~Jenny (Goodreads)

“Oh, September…I’m lucky to have taken this journey with you, holding your hand along the way, marveling at all the strange weirdness, smiling at occasional Russian worlds here and there (oh, Catherynne Valente!) and sighing as my heart recognized the sentiments in each insanely quotable passage. I cannot wait to join you on the next journey you take, and someday maybe take my (future hypothetical) daughter on it with me and you.” ~Nataliya, whose review took the form of a long, illustrated, personal letter to the series main character, filled with lucious quotes which provide a good sense of the books’ style (Goodreads)

Enjoy an excerpt of The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There on the publisher website. You can also read the first nine chapters of Book One where it was originally published online. Order a copy from these popular booksellers:


SOON: FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes (Razorbill, December 11, 2012)

Morgan Rhodes is the pseudonym of bestselling author of urban fantasy Michelle Rowen and with it she makes her first foray into epic fantasy in a classic heroes’ journey:

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power–brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?


From the reader community:

“When I read that fans of Kristin Cashore and George R.R. Martin would enjoy ‘Falling Kingdoms,’ I didn’t think it would be able to live up to the comparison, but I’m officially ready to eat crow. This epic high fantasy novel is completely engrossing.” ~Leila (Goodreads)

“I really enjoyed Falling Kingdoms. So much so that I found myself thinking about the story long after I finished. It looks like the next book is shaping up to be even better than it’s processor and I can’t wait!” ~Stephanie (Goodreads)

An excerpt of Falling Kingdoms is available via PDF at from the author website. Look for this book on December 11 or preorder:


CLASSIC: THE NEVERENDING STORY by Michael Ende (Dutton, 2012)

You probably recognize the title The Neverending Story from the 80s film francise adaptation, as it has developed a cult following, but this classic story is both beautiful and powerful in its own right. Originally published in German, The Neverending Story tells of…

Unicorns, dragons, sprites, will-o’-the-wisps: the inhabitants of an enchanted world. And into this word—through the pages of an old book—ventures Bastian, a lonely boy of ten or twelve. But Fantastica is slowly decaying, its childlike Empress dying. Only a real human being can set things right by giving the Empress a new name. Bastian takes up the challenge, and finds himself crossing the Swamps of Sadness and the Silver Mountains, meeting sorcerers and giants, bats and night-hobs, gnomes and racing snails, as he journeys bravely toward the Ivory Tower. Bastian’s quest is filled with all the wonders of myth and fairy tale. It is a fantasy adventure that will capture your heart—and recapture the magical dreams of childhood.


The 1984 movie poster

From the reader community:

“This is really a brilliant story, and I wish I had had the chance to read it before seeing the movies that affected me so much and left such an imprint on my mind. I still the love the movies for what they are and as a part of my childhood nostalgia, but the book is amazing. I almost wish it really was never ending.” ~Andrea (Goodreads)

“This is one of my absolute favorite books from childhood, one of only a few I’ve re-read as an adult and found just as enchanting as when I was little. It’s a coming-of-age tale, but replaces the normal loss of sexual innocence with the loss of the illusion of permanence.” ~Jesse (Goodreads)

Enjoy an excerpt of The Neverending Story when you Look Inside on Amazon. Order the book from these popular booksellers (not currently available in eBook formats):

Which Fantastic New, Soon, and Classic books are you excited about?