Review: In an Absent Dream

Hello readers!

It seems our store has an ongoing love affair with Tor.com novellas. Arguably, it’s not our fault–they’re just so. dang. good. We haven’t found one yet that didn’t pack a massive punch into a tiny package. It’s hard to not like books that take your breath away in a hundred pages or less.

Seanan McGuire’s series of novellas have been a staple on our shelves since the first one came out back in 2016. The newest one, In An Absent Dream, came out yesterday, and is already making a splash. Tara has some insight into why:

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McGuire’s Wayward Children books have become one of the things I look forward to the most every winter. The way she transports me through the looking glass time and again is something to be treasured. Portal fiction at it’s finest.

This installment gives us the story of Lundy, a character who meets a grim ending in the first book of the series. While I didn’t particularly feel like Lundy’s story was something I needed filled in, and I want to know what’s happening with the other wayward children moving forward in time, I did enjoy this book. The goblin market captured my imagination, and there were some really interesting ethical threads McGuire tugs on in this story. This was a world of rules, in stark contrast to the world of nonsense you visit in the previous book. It was well constructed, intriguing, and continues to stick in my mind well after finishing the book. And Lundy herself is as interesting as she is tragic, and the lessons she learns are difficult ones.

If you love this series as much as I do this book will not disappoint. Keep them coming, Seanan McGuire. I will happily read these year after year until I’m old and withered.

–Tara

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You can buy In An Absent Dream online here, or call the store to reserve a copy!

Happy reading!

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