In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4) by Seanan McGuire

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)

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 t...


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TitleIn an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)
Author
Release DateJan 8th, 2019
PublisherTor.com
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction
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Reviews In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)

  • Emily May
    2018-05-16
    “What’s the Goblin Market?”“It is a place where dreamers go when they don’t fit in with the dreams their homes think worth dreaming. Doors lead here. Perhaps you found one.” When I read Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, and Beneath the Sugar Sky, I thought I knew what it was to fall completely, utterly, in love with fairy tales. I knew nothing.This is my favourite book yet in this gorgeous series. If I could rate...
  • Melanie
    2018-02-12
    ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.1.) Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★ 2.) Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★ 3.) Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★★ “Death wasn’t fair value for anything…” In An Absent Dream stars Katherine Lundy, the therapist who leads the group sessions in Every Heart a Doorway. She is Eleanor’s second in command, and claims to be eighty-years-old, despite only looking aroun...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2019-01-08
    Wasn't planning on reading it.... yet here we are!This was probably my favorite story/world to explore in this series.I've read a few of McGuire's books (6?) and in all of them I've felt like "something" was missing. They're very atmospheric, the writing is beautiful and the world building is interesting but the stories always feel a bit empty. For example, in this one you totally get a fairytale but better feel but every time any action would ha...
  • karen
    2018-03-31
    The Lundy who had stepped through the door for her second visit to the Goblin Market would barely have recognized the one who came stumbling through it for her second return to the world of her birth. This Lundy was thin, her arms and legs wiry with new muscle, rendered lean by physical labor and the rigors of questing. This Lundy had bruises on her ribs and a narrow scar down the middle of her back, tracing the outline of her spine, where the Bo...
  • Riley
    2018-08-06
    Rule One : Ask for nothingRule Two : Names have powerRule Three : Always give fair valueBe Sure. Welcome to the Goblin Market
  • Lily ☁️
    2018-10-11
    ➳ 3 1/2 starsIt would almost feel too cliché to use the title of a book to describe it, but in this case, it’s too fitting, too accurate, it too perfectly captures its essence, so as not to. “Rule 1: Ask for nothingRule 2: Names have powerRule 3: Always give fair value” In an Absent Dream takes you on a journey to a whole new world that is curious, and whimsical, and leaves you feeling like you woke up from from a deep slumber with a won...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    2019-01-02
    *4.5/5God, I just keep letting these books break my heart.
  • may ❀
    2019-01-08
    In an Absent Dream is so beautifully heartbreaking. it's the tale of a girl who loves rules and logic and reason and loopholes. she loves books and reading and knowledge and dreaming and this world just can't offer that with its very strict ideas of what a little girl should be and then she finds the goblin market and little lundy feels like she's reached homeseanan mcguire gets me EVERYTIME with her incredibly atmospheric writing, descriptions, ...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    2018-06-29
    #1 Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★#2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★#3 Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★★#4 In An Absent Dream ★★★★★ When a very serious little girl finds a magical door in the woods, she decides to leave behind a life of loneliness to go off in search of adventure, never expecting to find a mystical Market on the other side—where anything can happen, as long as you pay your debts. If you know ...
  • Bradley
    2019-01-07
    These Wayward children are all pretty damn awesome.It's not hard to love a land built on your heart's wishes, a heavy dichotomy between fantasy and reality, and the rules that go along with it.Lundry, in this one, feels damn important to me. It's almost like I was her. :) Bookish, reliant on rules and in love with Fair Value. She never wanted to game anyone. She only wanted to get by and remain invisible within the rules... and she eventually got...
  • Trish
    2019-01-08
    This is definitely my favourite volume so far of this enchanting series.We follow Katherine Lundy, a girl of (at first) 8 years of age, and experience how the little bookworm doesn’t have any friends anymore because her father is her school’s principal. She’s fine though since she has fictional worlds to escape into. Sounds familiar? Exactly!One day, as with all the wayward children, a door opens. In Katherine’s case, it’s the door to a...
  • Celeste
    2019-01-02
    You can find this review and more at Novel Notions. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. While I appreciate the gift, the giving of it in no way impacted my opinion.“Your name is your heart, and you don’t give your heart away.”In an Absent Dream is heartbreaking in the most beautiful way. McGuire gives us a story that early readers of the Wayward Children series already know ends in t...
  • Marisa
    2018-02-09
    Update:I think Seanan wanted to rip my heart out. But it was worth it. :') X(02/09/18Anyone else hoping for like 15 million more of these books (as well as a book about Cora's mermaid world)??? I sure as hell am!!! Gimme!!!
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    2018-08-02
    "To be a child is to be a visitor from another world."In In an Absent Dream we follow Lundy, the child psychologist and therapy session guide at the school for wayward children. She looks eternally young despite her wisdom and in this book, we learn her backstory, her doorway world, and how she came to work for Eleanor West. This is a particularly unique story for the series because it follows Lundy and only Lundy unlike other stories which have ...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2019-01-11
    In a story about a girl going to a place named The Goblin Market you probably shouldn’t expect something akin to a happy ending. And if you also read some of the other books in this series you know at least that Lundy currently looks 8 but is really somewhere in her 80s. This is her story, about a door she walked through more than once, bargains made and loopholes that didn’t turn out as expected. “She had been able to find a doorway and d...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2018-11-05
    In an Absent Dream is the latest novella in Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series. I've read every single novella and this, the fourth, is just like the previous ones fabulous. If you love reading books about children traveling to other realms then you really need to read these novellas. What I love about them is that they are so dark, so horribly cruel and also sometimes so funny. The story shows how children who travel to other worlds and co...
  • amy
    2019-01-12
    pure fucking magic
  • Jack Stark
    2018-02-17
    Pre-release and pre-read thoughtsThis has got to be Kade's story. Right? RIGHT?! I was wrong.Wait, I got it! This is Lundy's story. In EHaD Lundy states: "I’ll live a long, long time. Longer, maybe, than I would have had I continued aging in the usual way. But they threw me out anyway, because I had broken the rules. I’ll never marry, or have a family of my own, and my daughters will never find their way to the door that once led me to the Go...
  • Fiona
    2019-01-08
    To be a child is to be a visitor from another world muddling your way through the strange rules of this one, where up is always up, even when it would make more sense for it to be down, or backward, or sideways. Yet children can see the functionality of grief or understand the complexities of a parent's love without hesitating. They find their way through. They deduce.Having really enjoyed the rest of the Wayward Children series, I wasn't as hype...
  • Veronique
    2019-01-09
    These novellas from Seanan McGuire have become a yearly pleasure! Each time, the author crafts a very different world, with its own rules and logic, but always fascinating. This is even more true in this instalment.Katherine Lundy, an 8-year-old girl, doesn’t really fit in her life. Bookworm, daughter of the school’s principal, she prefers to stay on her own and seek refuge in the fictional worlds provided in her books. Is it a surprise that ...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    2018-06-30
    This review can also be found on my blog! ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.Buddy read with Sam!3.5/5I didn’t love this book.I had high hopes that this would continue my streak of 4-starring this series, but this kind of ended it. Of course, I’m going to have to round up on Goodreads, but it still is a very solid 3.5 for me.This story focuses on Lundy. She was a teacher in the first book of the series, but I can’t really ...
  • Lindsay
    2018-02-12
    Lundy was one one of the characters from Every Heart a Doorway and her story was given in summary there. This novella is that story in all its heartbreaking detail.Katherine Lundy is a quiet bookish child who's nature and her parentage (her father is the school principal) stand in the way of friends and much connection to anyone in her world. When the door to the Goblin Market shows up she journeys to a world that suits her nature perfectly. But ...
  • Amanda
    2019-01-08
    Absolutely loved this! My favorite of the four so far.
  • Rian *fire and books*
    2018-06-17
    HOLY MONKEYS! This honestly was the best one yet. I can’t do a proper review yet because that would be against the rules (Lundy would be so proud of me!) and I don’t wish to anger the great people of Edelweiss. I will however say this one was honestly my favorite one yet. “Be Sure” is the motto for these books and I am sure Lundy’s story is my favorite. She is THE MOST LOYAL woman-child ever. I can’t wait for y’all to meet Moon. Com...
  • Mila
    2019-01-08
    Seanan McGuire did it yet again. I devoured this story in a few hours and I'm still stunned by the richness of the Goblin Market and the wonderful writing that brought it to life. I'm aware that this series is not for everyone but I personally can't get enough of it.
  • Schizanthus
    2018-02-14
    BE SURE. I’m convinced the Wayward Children series are fairy tales for adults whose door never opened for them as children, who are holding out hope against hope that some day their door will finally appear. Alas, that this is not a fairy tale. Okay, Seanan, I hear you. So it’s not a fairy tale, but it’s a cautionary tale, right? this is Lundy’s story, Lundy’s cautionary tale This cautionary tale’s doorway leads to the Goblin Mar...