Neil Gaimen · Stand Alone · Young Adult

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

stardust

~Review~

I was surprised that I really enjoyed Stardust. It tends to be hit or miss with Neil Gaiman books. Though not a very interesting premise, the execution of the plot was what made the story. The world was beautiful and incredibly detailed, and nearly all the characters were well developed and lovable (or not). I also enjoyed the writing style and the cover is just okay.

Plot

Stardust tells the story of a young man who promises to bring back a fallen star to his love interest in exchange for anything his heart desires. In order to find the star, he must travel beyond the wall into the realm of faerie. His journey is long and hard, but when he finally finds the fallen star it isn’t what he ever thought it would be, and he isn’t the only one looking for it. The journey back to his homeland is much more difficult and filled with many perils as he attempts to bring the star safely home.

“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.”

Though the story moves a bit slow, it is incredibly interesting mostly due to the creatures, characters, and writing style rather than the plot itself. All of this I will discuss a bit later. I was at least pleasantly surprised to find the story to not be entirely predictable and it was also quite funny! I’m glad it ended the way it did and enjoyed that we got to learn what our characters did several years after their adventure; a satisfying ending.

Although it sounds like this may be a book appropriate for children, it is not. There are few sex scenes, a swear word or two, and several murders of people and magical creatures. I highly recommend this only for adults and young adults.

World-Building

The world is absolutely fantastic, detailed, incredibly beautiful, and well thought out. I actually felt as if I was a part of the story! I adored all the creatures that Tristran encounters on his journey and couldn’t believe that a beloved creature was actually killed. 😦 The realm of faerie was so much fun and so interesting and I hope that Gaiman decides to write another book within this world.

Characters

My favorite character by far was Yvaine, the star, because she was the only one that I felt had a distinct personality. She develops a lot throughout the novel as she learns to love and admire her captor.

I honestly didn’t like Tristran, the main character, very much. Though he develops just as well throughout the story, he just didn’t have that loving, distinct personality that I look for in my characters. He was a decent character at least, but I always look for something more. I ask myself whether or not I would be sad if this character were to die and I decided that I wouldn’t be too upset about it.

There were quite a few other characters all of whom I enjoyed! I especially loved the brothers all attempting to kill each other in order to become the new Lord.

Writing

The writing was fantastic and I really enjoyed the style! It was beautifully written!

“She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.”

Cover

I honestly don’t like the cover for this book. Though it is well designed, it just doesn’t fit the book like it should. Why put something on a cover that is such a small part of the story? Though there are other covers I found that I just didn’t like any of them as much as I should 😦

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5 thoughts on “Stardust by Neil Gaiman

  1. Great review! 😃 Stardust was the first Gaiman book I ever picked up & I fell in love with the world building. I also listen to the audiobooks since he narrates them himself & he has an amazing story telling voice. Just finished The Graveyard Book & loved it equally as much 😉

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