Title: In an Absent Dream
Author: Seanan McGuire
Reviewer: Carey Gibbons
Genre: Fantasy, Portal Fiction
Suggested Age: Adults, Teens
What is this book about? This is the fourth installment in McGuire’s Wayward Children series of novellas. The beauty of this series though is that you can read the books out of order. While they all connect, it doesn’t matter which order you read them in – with the exception of Beneath the Sugar Sky (read that one after Every Heart a Doorway). This book is the story of Lundy, who we meet as an adult in Every Heart a Doorway. This is the story of how she stumbles through a door into the Goblin Market and learns to ask for nothing because everything has a price – even the answers to questions. And little girls and boys who don’t learn that lesson, well, they might just fly away.
Review: I am completely in love with this series. This fourth installment (out in January of 2019) is not a disappointment. The story of Lundy’s Goblin Market fits with the rest of the series – the stories of children who fall into worlds other than our own and for one reason or another are kicked out. The Goblin Market is like the other worlds we have so far encountered – charming and wondrous at the outset but more complicated and full of traps as the story goes on. McGuire is a master storyteller and with this volume continues a series that is the perfect mix of fairy story and horror story.
Three words that describe this book: Bittersweet, Coming of age, Logical
Give this a try if you like… The original Willy Wonka movie, Labyrinth, Alice in Wonderland