Review: “In an Absent Dream” by Seanan McGuire


Release Date:  January 8, 2018
Publisher: Publishing
Series: Wayward Children #4
Genre: Fantasy


This is the story of 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.

For anyone…” (via Goodreads)


My Thoughts

absentdream-coverBefore the school, Lundy finds herself trapped between two homes. When she’s young, her family feels more like a waystation than a place she wants to stay. The Goblin Market gives her everything they don’t: companionship, compassion, closeness, and just a little bit of chaos. As she matures, she begins to see between the lines of the three rules of the Goblin Market—“Ask for nothing; Names have power; Always give fair value.”—and how impossible those rules are to follow to the letter…

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In a house, on a street, in a town ordinary enough in every aspect to cross over its own roots and become remarkable, there lived a girl named Katherine Victoria Lundy. She had a brother, six years older and a little bit wild in the way of boys who could look over their shoulders and see the shadow of a war standing there, its jaws open and hungry. She had a sister, six years younger and a little bit shy in the way of children who had yet to decide whether they would be timid or brave, kind or cruel. She had two parents who loved her and a small ginger cat who purred when she stroked its back, and everything was lovely, and everything was terrible.

Thanks to Publishing for sending me a review copy.

Do the world a favor and buy this book from your local indie bookstore or get it from your public library.

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