The village of Wall is on the border between the human world and Faerie. The villagers post guards at the opening in the wall to prevent people from entering Faerie ... except one day every nine years when the meadow on the other side hosts the Faerie Market. The Market is the scene of all sorts of magical interactions between the human and Faerie worlds. Tristan Thorn was the product of one of these interactions.
Many years later, on a dare from the most beautiful girl in Wall (or maybe the world), Tristan crosses into Faerie in search of a Fallen Star. There follows a wonderful adventure with fratricidal princes, enchanted princesses, and evil witches. Like many good fantasies, love and kindness triumph in the end.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman is a delightful YA novel (except for one semi-explicit sex scene in the first chapter). A simply delightful fantasy.
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