Books by Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente was born on Cinco de Mayo, 1979 in Seattle, WA, but grew up in in the wheatgrass paradise of Northern California. She graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her B.A. in Clas


Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Like September, readers may leave their hearts in Fairyland. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this luscious sequel to The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (2012), the heroine who twice saved Fairyland returns to save it again and discover her heart's desire. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Heartless September sprouts a heart during this remarkable, awesome journey. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2011), heroine September embarks on another quest, this time to Fairyland-Below, where her shadow rules as queen. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING by Catherynne M. Valente
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2011

In this modern fairytale, an insouciant, "somewhat heartless" 12-year-old girl from Omaha visits Fairyland and accepts a quest to rescue its inhabitants from the rule-mad Marquess. Read full book review >

DEATHLESS by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2011

"Overwhelming and probably indecipherable to all but the most persistent, well-informed readers."
Another intricate fantasy (The Habitation of the Blessed, 2010, etc.) from Valente, based on what feels like the entire panoply of Russian folktales. Read full book review >
PALIMPSEST by Catherynne M. Valente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2009

"Too obsessive and self-involved to hold universal appeal, with characters resembling visitors from somebody else's recurring dreamscape."
From Valente, another intricate fantasy (In the Cities of Coin and Spice, 2007, etc.), an expansion of a 2007 short story. Read full book review >
IN THE CITIES OF COIN AND SPICE by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Demanding, certainly, but no summary can do justice to the bedazzling intricacies on bountiful display here."
Continuation of Valente's extraordinary fantasy story cycle begun with In The Night Garden (2006). Read full book review >
IN THE NIGHT GARDEN by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A work of beautifully relayed, interlinked fairy tales."
A tale of revenge, magic and family. Read full book review >