Finished it!

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making  - Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente

This definitely reminded me of some my old favourites from my childhood. Books like The Land of Green Ginger, or The Wind on the Moon, and anything by E Nesbit where the authors didn't talk down to her/his readers and weren't afraid of using complicated words and phrases because they gave a richness and lyricism to the story. Many other authors would avoid this and choose something more simplistic instead. 

 

And September is a lovely heroine. Not perfect by any means. She makes mistakes and can be a bit irascible. But her heart is in the right place and she's loyal and loving to her friends. 

 

If I'd read this aged ten, I would have wanted a wyvern of my very own.