The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne Valente is a continuation of the Fairyland series we’ve all loved so much, but this time with a young troll changeling as the protagonist and in a much different setting. I actually read The Boy Who Lost Fairyland without being caught up on the Fairyland books as an experiment to see how well it works without all the background knowledge and I’m happy to say that it is quite doable so you have no excuse not to jump in! Hawthorn’s adventures take place in the human world for the first half of The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, but don’t worry because our favorite cast of characters do show up by the end ;-). Don’t miss the giveaway for a copy of The Boy Who Lost Fairyland at the bottom of the post!
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Boy Who Lost Fairyland from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente (Fairyland #4)
Published by Feiwel & Friends on March 3rd, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 256 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Golden Wind, he becomes a changeling – a human boy -- in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland when seen through trollish eyes. Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate. But when he turns twelve, he stumbles upon a way back home, to a Fairyland much changed from the one he remembers. Hawthorn finds himself at the center of a changeling revolution--until he comes face to face with a beautiful young Scientiste with very big, very red assistant.
- In The Boy Who Lost Fairyland we spend a lot of time with Hawthorn in the human world seeing what the other side of the exchange of changelings looks like. Someone had to swap with September after all for the physiks! I really enjoyed seeing how a changeling’s nature fits into a human child’s body from Hawthorn’s perspective and think that Valente did a marvelous job of portraying Hawthorn’s mind as he was forced to forget about Fairyland all together.
- I must preface this with the confession that I have an extreme soft spot for children who are sad. It literally pains me if I can’t do anything to help them. Therefore, I felt deeply for Hawthorn when he was struggling with being a troll in a human’s body and simply not understanding how to fit in. I felt so connected with him and just wanted to hug him.
- The magic of changelings is so so so awesome! I can’t really discuss exactly what I love (it involves magical critters though!) but wow are you in for a beautifully-written treat :D.
- Obviously The Boy Who Lost Fairyland is a prime opportunity to meet lots of new friends! It takes a little time for Hawthorn to find others who understand him, but once he does, he finds some great friends who had me giggling >.>. Yes I giggled!
- Have no fear though, because our favorite Wyverary and Scientiste do appear and help Hawthorn sort a few things out ;-).
- No review of a Valente book is complete without gushing about the writing. Therefore: GAAAAAH! *flails at the pretty* I can’t decide if her breaking the fourth wall, absolutely perfect descriptions, or downright wit are my favorite thing, therefore I shan’t decide!
- I’ll be honest that The Boy Who Lost Fairyland tends to wander a bit. Hawthorn doesn’t have any real goals most of the time and things just kind of happen. You don’t mind a whole lot because it is such an enjoyable meander, but the plot is pretty loose.
- Maybe it’s just that nothing can compare to your first time reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, but The Boy Who Lost Fairyland just didn’t feel quite as clever and full of witticisms as book one to me.
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland is an excellent addition to the Fairyland books and while it seems to be quite different from the first three at first, in the end everything comes together. It is important you go in knowing that things will be different since you’re reading about a troll trapped in the human world, but have no fear that the writing will still be delectable and the magic will never stop sparkling!
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland Giveaway!
I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for The Boy Who Lost Fairyland so that I can giveaway a copy of this stunning book :D. The giveaway will need to be US only as per Macmillan’s policies, the winner will have 48 hours to respond to me, and I’ll be checking entries so please don’t cheat.
Good luck and be sure to check out the rest of the Fairyland blog tour for more awesome content and giveaways!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
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