In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

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In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #4
Publisher: Tor.com
Published January 8th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Pages: 204
Format: Hardback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

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.

Captura de ecrã 2017-06-30, às 18.09.21I’ve been trying to review this for a while. I was dying to read this and it took way too long to arrive… But alas, it finally did and I read it and it was as glorious as I was expecting it to be!

This book is all about Lundy, remember her? To be honest I did not. But now that I do, it makes me even more emotional. She wasn’t one of the most interesting characters in the first book, and so I wasn’t expecting this book to be this striking, but holly… This was INCREDIBLE! It’s so powerful, raw and sad. It’s also, once again, very realistic even among all the magic.

This book’s world is based on Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market, which already made me excited. But the way the author created this world was so unique, interesting and mesmerizing! I loved how it was constructed and how dark it ended up being.

So… At this Goblin Market, you have certain rules:

Rule one: ask for nothing
Rule two: names have power
Rule three: always give fair value
Rule four: take what is offered and be grateful
Rule five: remember the curfew
and lastly, always Be Sure!

They seem fairly simple, right? Well, not quite, especially fair value. After all, what is fair value? It’s certainly not the same for different persons, and soon Lundy will learn that too. Because if you don’t follow the rules, the Market will make sure to enforce it.

This book was a lot harder and darker than the others. Not dark like Down Among the Sticks and Bones, but realistically dark. It talks about fairness, friendship, love, acceptance and well… Life. It’s realistic and emotional and I totally understood and fell for Lundy. I absolutely loved her story and how much power it had in me. It’s quite magical, but it has so much from our world! And so much we should have in our world and often don’t…

This book is memorable, striking, emotional and it broke my heart. But it’s beautiful too and even more touchy than the last ones, which I wasn’t expecting at all. When I started this was I was still hoping for everything to be good, even tho, I already knew it couldn’t be after all this is the past, right? But I still hoped, and so I broke my heart again and cried. But how could I not hope for Lundy?!

The writing was once again perfect. I love how it grips and how magical it is, it just really touches my heart and I just… Love it. Plus, this book had some beautiful artwork, which I absolutely loved! This series, just like this book, is one of the most interesting and beautiful I’ve read and I would highly recommend it!

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

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