In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

510RIsAK3jLIn an Absent Dream is the fourth installment of the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire. This review will not contain spoilers for In an Absent Dream.

Lundy was an extraordinary child.  A serious young girl who spent her time discovering new worlds inside books instead of playing with the other children. 

Until she found a door.

A door to a new world—a world of logic, reason, and fair value. The Goblin Market was so unlike where she grew up, yet it was home. Only she had to make a choice before her eighteenth birthday. A choice she did not want to make. 

I am still trying to process my thoughts and feelings on this book so please bear with me. When I started this book, I already knew what happened to Lundy, because it told us so in the first book of the series, but still, I found myself wishing that it wasn’t true. That there would be some twist I wasn’t expecting.

I fell in love with this story and I don’t think I have a single bad word to say about it, which is rare for me. I picked it up one afternoon because I was bored and I did not put it down. I read it in one sitting, ignoring what I should have been doing, like walking my dogs.

McGuire created a dazzling world in the Goblin Market, a place of adventure and friendship. I was captivated by the ins and outs of that world and I wished I had seen more about Lundy’s experiences. I think I said this in my review of the third book in this series, Beneath the Sugar Sky, but I wish these books were longer. I want so much more. Maybe that is my one complaint. I want more!

Lundy was a really interesting character to follow because I was that bookworm who didn’t have many friends. I only wish my door had opened up. Seeing the way Lundy’s choice tore at her really made me think about the ones I love and what I would do if I was ever in her shoes. I can’t say that I wouldn’t follow in her footsteps.

I highly recommend this book and series to everyone. I honestly don’t know if I can pick a favorite among them. I am not so patiently waiting for the fifth book to come out. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.


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