In the English countryside at the dawn of the Victorian era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall. Tristan Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester, but she is as distant as the star they see fall from the sky one evening. For the prize of Victoria’s hand, Tristan vows to retrieve the star for his beloved. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the town’s ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining.
I listened to this at the end of 2017 and CANNOT GET IT OUT OF MY MIND!! The audio was fantastic to listen to, mainly because of Neil Gaiman’s voice. Stardust is a magical and fairy-tale-esque story of young man searching for a fallen star to win his crushes hand in marriage. Along the way we meet a cast of eccentric and wicked characters, who can frighten you the way the Evil Queen in Snow White does, or will make you laugh and feel so bloody content.
Gaiman himself narrates Satrdust and his soothing voice is perfect for the whimsical tone of the short novel. The writing was magical and poetic and fitted the fairy-tale narrative and style of Stardust. For those looking to get into Gaiman’s work, I definitely recommend Stardust. With its short page count, fast paced plot and engaging world and characters, it acts as a perfect segway into Gaiman’s works.
The characters we meet along the way are lovely and charming, if not utterly evil at times like in most fairy-tales. I fell in love with the protagonist—Tristan—and was cheering him on even when he made questionable, or stupid, choices. He was absolutely adorable in his own ways, maybe because of his naivety about his past and about the world around him.
I found that the multi-POV just worked, as it gave us an insight into the royals, the witches, the star and Tristen/Dustin (his father). Although I would’ve liked to have lingered in certain minds or places, much like how the movie adaptation did—an example being the pirate ship sequence and those characters.
The reason why I gave it four stars instead of five was because there wasn’t a WOW factor to push it over the edge. Having said that, I still loved it and will re-listen to it some time in the future if I ever want a quick getaway.
Overall, Stardust is a fun read with quirky characters and a lush world full of history and magic. Perfect for those looking to start reading Gaiman!
Have you read Stardust before? What Gaiman novels have you read?
Rating: 4/5 Stars