Title: In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4)
Author: Seanan McGuire
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
here is my review of the fourth installment in the Wayward Children, which was also my favorite. I gave it 5 stars.
This is the fourth installment in a series of companion novellas in which children who have visited magical worlds come back to our world and are sent to a boarding school to recover. The first novella introduced the reader to the world and some of the characters, while the other three books alternate between focusing on one character’s adventure in their magical world, and present adventures. Each world is one in which the characters can particularly fit well, which makes it extremely hard for them to come back to reality.
This particular book falls into the former category, and it follows Lundy from the time she goes into the magical world that calls to her, to when she is eighteen and she has to decide whether or not to remain on Earth or in her world.
I particularly loved this installment because the magical world is Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market. Having been a student of Victorian Studies, how could I not love this? I have to admit that I was very nervous going into this. What is McGuire’s idea of the Market was radically different from mine? It turns out I was nervous for no reason, because her view of the Market not only was so well crafted and developed, but it also enriched my interpretation of it. The way she envisioned it conveyed the uneasiness I felt when reading the original poem, and Lundy’s struggles became mine. I could relate to her so well, and I loved the atmosphere of the book.
If you did not enjoy Beneath the Sugar Sky as much as the other books and you want to give up on this series, I am telling you not to, and to read this one. Because it really is so so good. And we can all agree that McGuire writing style is just superb.
In other words, read this book. Actually, read Rossetti’s Goblin Market, and then read this one. You will not regret it.
Until next time,