I saw the movie a few years ago, so I already knew the story, but it was long enough ago that I didn’t fully remember it, making this reading quite fresh. I’m very glad I picked up the illustrated version to read. The illustrations fit the story perfectly: This is how it is meant to be read. This, after all, is a copy based on the original magazines.
The story is a fairy tale in every sense of the phrase. It contains fairies and swashbuckling and true love (and the youthful ideal of love) and witches and mysterious strangers and darkness and the light potty humor and wistful humor and sly humor and intrigue and lies and assassins and all-around fun. Gaiman makes writing look easy, deceptively so. I read this and thought, I could do this. Though I know that’s not true. It takes true skill to make words dance and play as he does.
When I finished the book it left me feeling content in the way that all good books do. The story had a satisfying ending and kept me spellbound. And really, what more can anyone ask of a book?
Review by Jessica A.