In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for six hundred years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve that star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.
I loved this book. Despite the fact that it took me a while to get through, when I picked this up, I was engrossed by the plot and prose. I felt that this was the ultimate fairy tale, but with a bit of Gaiman added to make it stand out, namely a couple of aspects that were vaguely horror-esque.
It's hard for me to review this book, because I honestly wouldn't change anything about it. I thought Gaiman's writing, prose and descriptions were absolutely beautiful. Dare I say that he enchanted me? This isn't quite your average fairy tale, as its more adult in terms of the sexual content and violence. I also have to say that I liked all of the characters, and thought they were fairly relatable. Who hasn't had a crush like Tristan's? I actually thought the star had her irritating moments when we fist met her, but I grew sympathetic towards her. I would not have been happy had I been in her position! One aspect of the ending may have been a tiny bit predictable. I was okay with that, however, because it was what I wanted for the characters, and I felt that Gaiman did a really good job of creating a feasible ending which tied all loose ends of the story together. Other than that, he had me on my toes all throughout the novel!
Stardust exceeded and surpassed my expectations. The story feels so captivating and original to me. I can't wait to continue reading his work.
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.