Catherynne Valente has, with a minimum of fuss, written one of the great young-adult fantasy diptychs since Lewis Carroll.
Familiar and original storytelling... The rich prose oozes exotic, imaginative imagery. Juan's black-and-white spot art highlights September's questing. Heartless September sprouts a heart during this remarkable, awesome journey.
One of the strongest fantasy novels for young readers I've had the pleasure of getting lost in...There's as much Phantom Tollbooth here as there is Narnia...Shot through with menace and heroism, [y]ou never know what's coming next in Fell Beneath.
The strength of this fable for all ages lies its droll tone and witty moralising. It is also stuffed with extraordinary and indomitable female characters.