Mild spoilers ahead.
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If you’re looking for a grittier, dream-edging-on-nightmare version of a world created by C.S. Lewis or J.K. Rowling, author Seanan McGuire has you covered. McGuire explores worlds that are simultaneously fascinating and frightening in her award-winning Wayward Children novella series. It’s a dark-fantasy version of a conceit you might have heard of before: kids discover new worlds behind mysterious doors, then return to the “real world” only to search for the doorway back to their new, preferred homes.
The fourth installment in the series, In an Absent Dream, follows Lundy, a character introduced in the first book Every Heart A Doorway. And in this new installment, Lundy ventures into the Goblin Market, a world inspired by the narrative poem of the same name by Christina Rossetti.