To be a child is to be a visitor from another world.
Title: In An Absent Dream
Author: Seanan McGuire
Page Count: 208 pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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 . . .
Rule One : Ask for nothing
Rule Two : Names have power
Rule Three : Always give fair value
Every time Seanan McGuire writes something new I am in awe of her ability to write something completely original each and every time. In terms of the Wayward Children series my favourite was Down Among The Sticks & Stones until now. In An Absent Dream has tied with Down Among The Sticks & Stones for first place.
The imagery in this instalment was my favourite part! I just loved all her descriptions of the world, if you’re a fan of birds you will loooove this novella. Rich in beautiful metaphors with a dark and atmospheric setting, In An Absent Dream will completely encompass you.
The biggest theme that stood out to me in this one is how McGuire brings to light that moment in time where a child undergoes that transition from childhood to adulthood and the reluctance to do so. I found myself relating to the characters more so than in the previous books. I truly believe Seanan is ahead of her time in terms of ideas and writing. So happy to experience her worlds. Can’t wait for more!
**Thank you Tordotcom for sending me an ARC for review.**