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This book introduces us to the village of Wall, which unsurprisingly has a wall. On one side is the village, on the other side is a meadow, where the fairy market comes every x(can’t remember how many) years. On the day the market is there the villagers can go into the meadow. The rest of the time there are guards at the door to prevent villagers from going into the meadow where unknown dangers abound.
During one of these markets a child is conceived and put in a basket through the door and raised in the village. When he grows up he falls in love and leaves the village for the meadow beyond to find a fallen star for his lady love. The star is actually a woman, he captures her and intends to return to the village with her, but its not easy. He encounters obstacles and discovers that there are others who want the star, and not for benign reasons. There are all the creatures that we have come to expect from Neil Gaiman and a surprise, but not so surprise ending that does not disappoint.