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In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire


RATING: 🌝🌝🌝🌚🌚(3/5 moons)

Published: January 08, 2019


Format: e-Book

Pages: 203



“… fairness is a subjective thing, not a fixed target.”


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.


The world of the Wayward Children is always a joy to read and to return to. I anticipated every book in this world. I enjoyed discovering other worlds and meeting new characters. Compared to the other world of the Wayward Children, the goblin market is probably my favorite. I am really amazed by how genius the author is with regards to creating new worlds and setting new rules. The rules of the goblin market fascinates me. I found myself reflected in this world. The logic and reasoning in this world feels like it is reading my mind, especially the part about the value of something. And yet, it has one of the lowest ratings that I have given in this series.

One of the reasons why this book did not receive a rating higher than 3 moons is the character. I don’t like Lundy as a character. I don’t know why but she did not stick to me as much as the other characters. Seeing her relationship with her family, especially her dad, it does not appeal to me in any way. Maybe it’s because I never connected to Lundy as a character that I did not fully get the experience of her relationship with her family. However, I understand her when she wanted to spend more time with her sister before being sure. But I hate it when she repeatedly mentioned that she was sure, she knows where she will end up soon when her time to choose came. She’s like Mare from Red Queen who continuously think that “anyone can betray anyone” or Ygritte for always saying “you know nothing Jon Snow”.

Moreover, I see Lundy as a selfish character. She left her friend when they have experience something tragic (I will get to this tragic part soon). And she let her sister hope that she could stay with her, even though she keeps on telling herself that it will only be temporary. She wanted the best of both worlds, and with that she faced the rightful consequence. Guess she did not learn any lesson from the Goblin Market.

Another part of the story that I did not like is that tragic event that was mentioned in one of the chapters about facing an enemy and killing it because it killed her friend. That part is a huge part of the plot; that’s the reason why the door to the real world opened up for her. But I feel like the author did not expound the story as much, which is why the reader did not have time to dwell with the character’s feelings and sympathized with her. Moreover, I feel like there are aspects of the story that are overly emphasized than was necessary.

All in all, I still enjoy being in this world and discovering it. I just wished that I could experience that world in a different eyes of a different character.

Still recommending this to others who would like a quick enjoyable reads.

That’s all folks!

Till next time.



A reader who becomes a villain, a queen, a princess, a heroine, and a warrior depends on the story that she reads. A dreamer who wishes to dwell in the world that she visited through the pages of her book. A frustrated blogger who wishes to put into words the frustration, boredom, and excitement that she felt throughout her many journeys outside the real world.

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