Reviews of books traditionally from the Fantasy genre, not Romance, and some science fiction.
I saw the movie before I read the book and that kind of spoiled it because a lot is different between them. I still enjoyed the book and consider it one of Gaiman's really good ones.
The premise is Tristan, a village boy, loves the stuck-up girl in town, but she only has eyes for a boy with her own surface values. She sets Tristan a task to get rid of him and it takes him to the forbidden place on the other side of the wall. Here there is magic, fairies, witches and a fallen star.
His quest takes him through adventures and touches on the secret of his mother, who he has never known.
In many ways it's a classic fairytale, but it covers some very original ground and is among the stories that I highly recommend.