Thursday, November 12, 2020

#BookReview: In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire @TorBooks

Synopsis: This fourth entry and prequel tells the story of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she's found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: What would you do if you could find a door to take you to another world?  Would you take it?  Lundy has always been very serious with her head stuck in a book.  Always following the rules in home and at school.  However one day while being absorbed in her reading while walking home she comes across a tree with a door inside.  But what is lying in wait for her on the inside of the door?  I really enjoyed this fourth instalment of this series.  Lundy is a character I can connect with.  I love to read and tend to seclude myself at times so it was nice to see how her character comes out of her shell as the book goes on.  She discovers friends along the way and learns the magic of the Goblin market.  I liked how in this book she was able to come and go a few times up until a certain age.  We also got to learn about her home world as well and unlike the others in the series she has a different reason for wanting to go into the door.  I loved learning about the rules of this new world as well and how much of an impact it can make on you and your debt.  If you are looking for a magical read then this book will be right up your alley!


"The author beautifully portrays the overwhelming experience of being on the threshold of maturity... Choose wisely, and choose this book." ―Kirkus

"This is a lovely installment of the series, with pitch-perfect fairy-tale logic...The series as a whole has wonderfully internally consistent world building―and characters, no matter how far in the background, with complexity and depth." ―Booklist 

Praise for Every Heart a Doorway

"With Every Heart a Doorway, McGuire has created her own mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy ― a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics, even as it carves its own precocious space between them." ― NPR

"Seanan McGuire has long been one of the smartest writers around, and with this novella we can easily see that her heart is as big as her brain." ―Charlaine Harris

"One of the most extraordinary stories I've ever read." ―V. E. Schwab

"This is a gorgeous story: sometimes mean, sometimes angry, and always exciting." ―Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing

"So mindblowingly good, it hurts." ―io9

"McGuire's lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience." ―Library Journal starred review

"This gothic charmer is a love letter to anyone who's ever felt out of place." ― Publishers Weekly

"Seanan McGuire once again demonstrates her intimate knowledge of the human heart in a powerful fable of loss, yearning and damaged children." ― Paul Cornell, author of London Falling and Witches of Lychford

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

SEANAN McGUIRE is the author of the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and other works. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant.

Seanan lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard.

She was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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