From multi award-winning creator of The Sandman, Neil
Gaiman, comes the incredible work that broke new ground in
graphic novel storytelling, reissued in a deluxe hardback
edition with a new cover and eight additional pages of bonus
material. Together with acclaimed artist Charles Vess, Gaiman
returns to the realm of Faerie for a lavishly illustrated
tale of an ancient world where magic and humanity mingle in
extraordinary ways. Gaiman's exquisitely crafted text and
Vess' breathtaking illustrations combine to create a novel
with pictures, an adult fairy tale that plunges the reader
into the very heart of an enchanting magical land...
is a fairy tale from Neil Gaiman, creator of the Sandman
comics. The story revolves around the adventures of Tristran
Thorn in the land of Faerie.
adventure starts when Tristran promises the prettiest girl
in town that he will retrieve a fallen star for her - after
she says that she will marry him if he succeeds. This means
that he will have to travel beyond the human realm and into
the Faerie world. No one ever makes this trip from one realm
to the other - except every nine years when an enchanted flea
market is held.
Tristran sets off on his adventures as he attempts to find
the star and bring it back to his true love. Along the way
he encounters evil old witches, deadly clutching trees...
hmm no Scarecrow, Tin Man or Cowardly Lion though. That's
the main problem with this book - Faerie realms have
been done to death, and much better I might add.
the character development is interesting and the story well
told, who really wants to read yet another tale in this well
worn genre? Not me, that's for sure. There are few, if any
surprises and, at
the end of the day, this is a fairly average affair.