In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire | Book Review

January 9th – 10th, 2019

I read the first three installments in the Wayward Children series towards the beginning of last year. This fourth book is tiny, just as the first three are, and sometimes leaves you wanting more from the stories, just as the first three do. I read the book in the span of a night, since the book is only about 200 pages.

This installment tells the story of Lundy, a small girl who’s often overlooked, and who sometimes likes it that way. In the novella she travels to the Goblin Market, a world based upon logic and rules, with disastrous consequences. Of the four books that have come out in this series, this is probably my second favorite, behind Down Among the Sticks and Bones.

As always, McGuire’s writing is lyrical and absolutely dreamy. I found that I related to this book a lot more than the previous ones, as this character loved logic and reading, which are my two favorite things in life.

My problem with this book was the ending. The whole book had me until the very end, when Lundy makes a choice that breaks the rules, trying to have the best of both of her worlds.

I wasn’t a fan of how rushed this ending was. As with all of McGuire’s books that I’ve read, I was left wanting more. The book is so good at painting a backdrop of worlds and characters, but it lacks the depth of a full length novel, because it isn’t a full length novel.

That being said, I liked this one a lot better than the third book, and will definitely continue on in the series to see what other stories this world has to offer.