Everyone has, at some point in his life, wished upon a star. Especially in one of those summer nights when tenth of stars rush across the sky, right in front of our dreamy eyes.
Anyone knows, though: they’re just silly pieces of rocks, which get burning hot as they cross the atmosphere and glow in the dark of the night sky.
Well, that is, unless they fall in Faerie…
What’s Faerie, you ask?
Have you ever heard of Wall? That little village surrounded by woods on one side, a lake on the other, mountains on the third and a wall on the last one?
In that wall there is a wall, continuously guarded – to prevent kids or fools from passing. On the other side is Faerie, a most fantastic land; one that no map can represent and no traveler can ever be explore entirely.
Only one every nine years, the people of Wall are allowed to pass through the hole in the wall and walk in the meadow, where the Faerie people set up their magic market.
Tristran, for some reasons, has never been to that market. He has never set foot on Faerie.
One day, though, when walking home with his beloved Victoria, a star falls from the sky and he, to win the girl’s love, swears his oath: he’ll bring back that star to her and she will grant him whatever he likes.
As it happens, the star fell in Faerie and Tristran doesn’t hesitate trick the guards and pass through the hole in the wall.
You might imagine the surprise, then, when, instead of a cold piece of rock, Tristran finds a fair girl, with skin the color of moonlight and hair as silver strings.
But what made her fall down from the sky? How could a daughter of the Moon slip off the starry vault that way?
To explain that, we should talk about old kings and hasty brothers – just a bit too keen on poisons as they try to win their place as Stormhold next king.
As for Tristran’s way back to Wall, it’s the most fantastic journey he has ever dreamt to face, amongst lightning-hunters and evil witches.
Here it is then, ‘Stardust’, written by Neil Gaiman, one of the few authors left who can still write fairy tales and have us believing that magic is real, somewhere, just behind the wall.
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