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In an Absent Dream

(Wayward Children #4)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  146 reviews
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
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Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by
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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 around eight. And this is her story, about her time in her world, the goblin market. And, frien
Mar 31, 2018 marked it as to-read
dear Seanan McGuire,

thank you for understanding that trilogies are never enough.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Rule One : Ask for nothing
Rule Two : Names have power
Rule Three : Always give fair value

Be Sure.

Welcome to the Goblin Market
Lily ☁️
I still can’t believe that I, an international blogger, received an actual physical ARC from a US publisher. 😭❤

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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Feb 12, 2018 marked it as please-give-me
✨    jamieson   ✨
Feb 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: anticipated-2019




Feb 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
Anyone 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!!!

destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
#1 Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★
#2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★
#3 Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★★
#4 In An Absent Dream ???

Don't mind me, I'll just be over here hyperventilating a lot

All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to TorDotCom for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Julie Zantopoulos
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-in-2018
"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 had a host of characters (or in Down Among the Sti
Jack Stark
Feb 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-dno
This has got to be Kade's story. Right? RIGHT?!

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 Goblin Market. So I suppose I’ve learnt the danger of making importune bargains with the fae, and can
Nov 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
I need this in my life :D
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!


ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.

Buddy read with Sam!


I 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 say more about her because there are spoilers for later
Rian *fire and books*
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.

Come back Halloween time for my review! 🎃
Jul 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
I am absolutely obsessed with this series and don’t know how I am going to survive until January.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
What an utterly sad and heartbreaking ending...

Full review to come!
Eryn (Literary Lady)
This MC sounds like me & the cover is lovely -- I need this book.
Feb 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
me after reading "goblin market" in the synopsis and hoping it will feature the goblin king

Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
May 31, 2018 marked it as to-read
Oh shit this sounds like it's reminiscent of The Labyrinth which is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE FILMS I am so ready. 🙌🏽
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This, then, was Katherine Victoria Lundy: pretty and patient and practical. Not lonely, because she had never really considered any way of being other than alone. Not gregarious, nor sullen, but somewhere in the middle, happy to speak when spoken to, happy also to carry on in silence, keeping her thoughts tucked quietly away. She was ordinary. She was remarkable.
Of such common place contradictions are weapons made. Katherine Lundy walked in the world. That was quite enough to set everything els
Feb 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: excited-about, ya, fantasy
Kade! Is this your story!?
Haadiya // Hiatus
Jun 20, 2018 marked it as to-read
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wayward Children series is fabulous. I've never read anything quite like it. It's a world of other worlds. Each child finds their way into a world perfectly suited to them. Although the world suits them, there is always something bizarre about it, sometimes even downright disturbing.

Lundy was the MC in this. She was extremely mature for her age. Nevertheless she was still a child, thinking she knew it all, not realizing that there was much she wasn't capable of comprehending yet. The world s
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm working on this idea that the Goblin Market is metaphor for the injustice of the U.S. health insurance system. In the meantime: this is another fantastic installment of this series. I appreciate the two forward-moving tales set at Miss Eleanor's Home for Wayward Children, but I love the two self-contained portal fantasy backstories.
lauren ♡ (wonderless reviews)
the fact that i have to wait until 2019 for this book is a Crime
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*More of a 3.5*
It literally took me the entirety of this book to remember who Lundy was from the first book. This world was interesting and the whole concept of choosing worlds and all of that I liked. I wish we had learned more about Mockery because I basically knew nothing about her and I didn't really feel her loss at all. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others, but it was still good. I definitely prefer the nonsensical worlds over the logical and I'm excited to see what other worlds w
Feb 10, 2018 marked it as unreleased-2019
Shelves: fantasy
Lundy's story?
Samantha Beard
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Possibly my favorite since book 1! This installment is so wrapped up in metaphor, and tells a succinct tale warranting a novella length book. Some of these books just feel like they want to be longer, but that was not the case here. Lundy is a tough character! While I related to her a lot, she also makes a ton of mistakes. I felt she deserved the ending she got as a result. More thoughts to come soon!
Leah Rachel von Essen
Review to come closer to release, but it might be my favorite of the series yet.
Milana M (acouplereads)
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one gave me goosebumps. It's tied with Down Among The Sticks And Bones in terms of favourites!
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Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and

Other books in the series

Wayward Children (5 books)
  • Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)
  • Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5)