Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series is probably my favorite series currently running, and "In An Absent Dream" is just as magical as its counterparts. McGuire manages to weave timely, insightful commentary on sexism, gender roles, and equality into this fascinating portal fantasy about a goblin market with strict rules and dire consequences, and little girl named Lundy who learns the true cost of sacrifice in a way that will alter her life forever. Unlike it's counterparts, however, "In An Absent Dream" also turns its eyes towards the family that Wayward Child Lundy leaves behind: her her rigid father who has tried to forget his own history with the goblin market, her grief-stricken mother, and her younger sister whose desire for a sibling complicates Lundy's own desire for freedom. This book is complicated and absorbing, and you'll want to read straight through it in one sitting.— From Lauren
“Seanan McGuire’s fourth installment in the lovely, spare Wayward Children series might be my favorite yet. Lundy is a returning character from the first book, and knowing how her story ends makes the journey to the end that much more poignant. This book, as well as the entire series, illustrates just how much we are defined both by the choices we make and the choices we refuse to make. Beautifully written, atmospheric, and just long enough to leave you longing for more, In an Absent Dream is perfect winter reading.”
— Chelsea Bauer, Union Avenue Books, Knoxville, TN
A stand-alone fantasy tale from Seanan McGuire's Alex award-winning Wayward Children series, which began in the Alex, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning, World Fantasy Award finalist, Tiptree Honor List Every Heart a Doorway
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.
The Wayward Children Series
Book 1: Every Heart a Doorway
Book 2: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Book 3: Beneath the Sugar Sky
Book 4: In an Absent Dream
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 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