There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire.
And while that is, as beginnings go, not entirely novel (for every tale about every young man there ever was or will could start in a similar manner) there was much about this young man and what happened to him that was unusual although even he never knew the whole of it.
When Tristran Thorn heads off into Faerie to find a star he has no idea of what is about to happen. All he cares is that the beautiful Victoria has promised that she will grant whatever he wishes if he brings the star that she saw fall.
This is very much in the style of a fairy tale, so you can expect a hero and a damsel in distress, not to mention some wicked characters along the way. But that is a positive, not a negative remark, and while some of the elements of the book are to be expected it isn’t in any way predictable or boring. Tristram is a wonderful hero, if slightly dense at times, and I particularly enjoyed the character of Yvaine.
The language used is wonderful, makes the story easy to read as well as being hugely entertaining and enjoyable. It’s just a pity that my edition didn’t have the illustrations of other versions.