Catherynne M. Valente is one of my favorite authors. This is the second book of hers that I have read and I felt much the same about this one as I did the first. It was a delightful change from the usual formulaic plot and bland characters employed in most contemporary novels.
Mallow, Mabry, the Winds, and Fairyland are all so unique and different from anything else that it is impossible to forget this story. I love the way nothing is impossible in Fairyland. Cities are literally alive, the Winds ride wild Cats, and Mallow travels to the city with a charming stranger in a carriageless horse.
Stories like Valente's Fairyland books don't come along very often. She has come up with a truly original and unique fairytale that individuals of all ages can enjoy. I really enjoy the bits of philosophical wisdom that she imparts upon her readers throughout the story. These are my favorite quotes from the book:
"I have all the books I could need, and what more could I need than books?"
"Temptation likes best those who think they have a natural immunity, for it may laugh all the harder when they succumb."