Stardust by Neil Gaiman

9780062564344_p0_v3_s550x406In an attempt to win the heart of Victoria Forester, Tristran Thorn promises to bring her back the star he saw streak across the sky and fall into Faerie. However, unbeknownst to Tristran, the fallen star is also being hunted by an ancient witch wishing to be young again as well as several princes all determined to become the next king of Stormhold.

I had watched the movie version of Stardust several years ago and found the book to be just as enjoyable as I remember the movie being. I liked Neil Gaiman’s writing style and found the characters to be captivating. I loved the Yvaine was headstrong and stubborn and not about to just go with anyone who came by, and I feel that Tristran was a bit more full of himself in the book than what I remember in the movie. The book was a bit fast paced, and I found that it read like a long fairy tale than a novel, which I kind of liked.

However, I was slightly disappointed by the pacing because I felt like I wanted more. In one instance Tristran is at the beginning of his journey and then suddenly he’s already found the star. Then the next thing the reader knows they’re almost home. I wish there was more of an opportunity to learn a bit more about the characters and see them develop at a little slower pace.

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