FICTION
In An Absent Dream
Tor.com. (Wayward Children, Bk. 4). Jan. 2019. 208p. ISBN 9780765399298. $17.99. FANTASY
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OrangeReviewStarWhen quiet and studious Katherine Lundy realizes the world expects her to conform, grow up, and have children of her own, she searches for something more. Finding a door that leads her to the Goblin Market—a place established in rules of logic and riddles, where everything is valued fairly—feels like a dream come true. As Lundy gets older, forming friendships and family ties, she tries to keep everything in balance. But justice has become a lost concept for much of the world, and at the Goblin Market, everything has a cost. So when Lundy tries to make a bargain, she discovers that while she may get what she asks for, it will never be what she truly desires.
VERDICT McGuire's fourth in the "Wayward Children" series takes the concepts of fairness and common sense and twists them through the doorways of a portal fantasy with an amazing landscape and characters. Lyrical prose cuts with an honesty of losing childhood innocence that eases the heartache that sometimes accompanies coming of age.

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