Book Review

Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman


Number of pages: 288

Publisher: HarperCollins

Format: hardcover and paperback

Genre: fantasy

Rating: older adults (sexual content and violence)


Tristan Thorn will do anything for the love of his life, Victoria Forestor. Even if it means capturing a star they both saw falling from the night sky. As Tristan Thorn ventures outside Wall to find it, his journey into Faerie begins as he befriends unlikely companions, while fighting off evil creatures. And by the time he finds the fallen star, his journey home becomes more intriguing.

My thoughts:

A captivating tale by Neil Gaiman with his descriptive accounts about the indescribable: eerie noises, vivid dreams, perfume scents and the cackling laughter of witches and faeries. One of the best faerie tale stories for adults I’ve read since J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

The tale begins with romantic intrigue and ended with a sad, and yet, new beginning for our hero, Tristan Thorn. Tristan sounds just like your ordinary fairy tale hero, setting off into a strange new world on a quest for a fallen star to prove his love to Victoria. But his journey is like no other as not only does he discover unusual creatures and companions along the way, but also powerful enemies with the same goal, making his journey more challenging. But even under the most powerful of magic does Tristan continue on accomplishing his task with bravery and wit, while discovering new surprises that in the end, will change his life forever.

This isn’t like your childhood fairy tale where the story is predictable from beginning to end with a “happily ever after” effect. Gaiman has an amazing talent of adding strange and compelling events into a marvelous story about love, discovery, and courage. The story is absolutely sublime and memorable that it’s hard not to chuckle in all the right places while gasping in the most surprising turn of events.

This is one book to add to your shelf, as this is Gaiman’s finest. A faerie tale filled of magic and fantasy it will take you back to your childhood while imagining another world, a charming place that only Gaiman can take you there.

A definite read. I give this book 5 hoots.


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