"Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lasuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and coves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end."
George R.R. Martin
And though you might argue with George R.R. Martin, there is something about this quote that rings true.
I thought about this description, when I received a new Fairytale Fantasia 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle from Ravensburger.
This gorgeous puzzle is a colourful tapestry of indigo and purple, moss green and rust red.
C.S,Lewis said: "One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again".
I confess I have never outgrown fairytales. There are so many wonderful YA writers nowadays who put their own twist on the classic stories, or invent new fairytales for the modern audience.
I often buy YA fiction books just for myself. Just the other day Eddie and I were browsing in the local bookshop, and one of the ladies there told Eddie that he might like to read A Pinch of Magic, which is currently the book of the month at Waterstone's. To which I replied that I've already bought it for myself.
Fairytale Fantasia jigsaw puzzle will appeal to book lovers who enjoy fantasy adventures, enchanted objects, cruel curses and pure magic.
The scene is highly detailed and richly-coloured.
You meet characters from famous fairytales, who come to life on the shelves among the old volumes.
There is a Mad Hatter having a tea party.
Snow White holding an infamous apple, ready to take the fateful bite.
Cinderella is leaving her glass slipper, escaping from the ball. Magic creatures, enchanted castles and dragons, knights and fairies, ships on the stormy seas and circus performers - all of them spring from the pages of the books.
This beautiful puzzle measures 70x50cm when complete, and is suitable for ages 12+.
Like all Ravensburger puzzles, this jigsaw puzzle is made from strong premium grade cardboard, with linen finish to minimise glare on puzzle image.
Once I finished the puzzle and took the photos, I gave it to a friend who's looking after an elderly lady who loves puzzles. I know she will enjoy it as much as I did.
This delightful jigsaw puzzle will make a lovely gift for any book worm.
Disclosure: I received the jigsaw puzzle for the purposes of reviewing.