In An Absent Dream
by Seanan McGuire
Book 4 of the Wayward Children Series
publication date: January 8th, 2019
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis via Goodreads
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 . . .
I’ve really enjoyed this series, the releases have been ones that I look forward to every year and I never want them to end. I have a pure love for all the portal magic and the thought that your perfect world is out there.
This installation is easily my favorite of the series followed by book 2 Down Among The Sticks and Stones, that one was also fantastic. But I was intrigued by this one before I even knew the synopsis. Seeing the tree on the cover with the door placed just so, I felt something deep within me want to reach out and try to open that door. It called me and looked so inviting. Then I read the synopsis and saw the words “Goblin Market” and oh my, those words just seared into my brain. I can’t recall another time where the book I was reading was set in a Goblin Market so this world was really unique for me and that was something really looking forward to.
I loved the first two chapters with my entire heart. There’s something about the narrative that I can’t quite put my finger on about why I like it so much, it feels like a fairy tale that’s being read aloud and written down. I’m not sure if that makes sense but that’s how it felt to me. It was whimsical yet cautionary like a lot of good fairy tales.
Lundy as a character was probably my favorite, a bookworm character is always well received in my book, maybe that’s just an easy bet, but that means that I can relate to the character in a wonderful way. I also related to her dilemmas that she faced and her unhappiness at the limit of choices she felt. I loved her use of logic and the wonder that she had for the goblin market. I enjoyed the characters Moon and the Archivist as well, they were fun and interesting characters. Oh! Can we talk about the Archivist’s house? It sounded like there were more books then house and that sounds amazing to me!
Speaking of the Goblin Market, that’s been the only world where I would feel most at home at. It was the world that spoke to me the most out of the whole series. While I was reading this, I was thinking about that map that was talked about in Every Heart a Doorway and I really think my portal would open up to a logic centered world. The Goblin Market is easily my favorite, I guess that wasn’t really necessary to add in, but I really liked the bartering of the market, that was a fun addition.
As always my only complaint about this series is that I wish the books were longer, especially this one, I didn’t want it to end. I was reading this so slowly trying to stretch it out as much as I could.
Thank you for reading!