The second book, Valente has given us of September in fairy land. This is a very different book than the first, but it builds on decisions made in that first book, while it subverts a lot of expectations readers will carry into a sequel. In many ways, this is a much more creative work than the first, which borrowed heavily on received lore about Fairyland. It is literally darker, but it is much darker in tone as well. There is next to none of the broken fourth wall that gave the first book a self-conscious story-telling quality, but there are far many more quotable parts about dealing with the dark sides of ourselves.