In An Absent Dream : Dark Fairytale

RATING : ★★★★★/5 

I think you all know by now how much I love the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, it’s impossible for me to not review the latest instalment which is In An Absent Dream. 

Contrary to the other novels of the series, you can read this one without following a specific order. You can simply pick this up and read it as a separate story. I would call it a prequel of the series since we learn the origins of some characters and the events preceded Every Heart A Doorway (Wayward Children #1).


The main strength of this novel is the subtlety of the message to children. We discover the world of the Goblin Market and its rules. The rules are very interesting, for example, be sure to ask the right questions and the right requests. The words you choose will cost you something. It’s an interesting concept where words are not meant to be taken for granted. They also teach the value of friendship, family and how easy it can be to take on debts that cannot be repaid. I feel like if I had to make my kids read one book it would be this one, it’s going to teach them about credit cards.

“It is an interesting thing, to trust one’s feet. The heart may yearn for adventure while the head thinks sensibly of home, but the feet are a mix of the two, dipping first one way and then the other.”

The author’s ability to keep the story interesting, full of suspense while bathing the story in a most beautiful fantasy.  What can I say, Seanan Mcguire did it again !

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Big thank you to Raincoast Canada for sending me an ARC to review!



  • Great review Trang. 🙂 ❤️ The Wayward Children series is fast becoming one of my favourites too, and I actually think In an Absent Dream is my favourite of the series so far as well.
    I love what you said about this book teaching children about credit cards. 😀 I never thought about it that way but with the rules of the Goblin Market and the way payment is taken and debts are built up it definitely applies!
    Again great review. 🙂 ❤️

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    • YAYY ! So happy its one of your faves too!! Its such a great read, and YES HAH its one of my first instincts when they talked about debts XD Why its your favourite from the series sofar? 🙂

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    • THANK YOU SO MUCH ❤️🙏 I wanted to visit your blog but WordPress doesn’t let me click on the profile nor your username link I’m trying it again on My Mac 😂Missed you!!

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      • You’re so welcome! ❤ 😀 Oh, wow, that's so weird that it wasn't letting you click on my account. Hopefully it was just a brief weird little glitch of something. 🙂


  • Awesome review!! Now I’m definitely more excited than ever to start reading this series 😍😍😍


  • Oh wow! I haven’t read any book by him but all the reviews that I have seen, whatever the title have been really enthusiastic!


  • I adore this series and I can’t believe that I haven’t read In An Absent Dream yet. Hopefully I’ll be able to get around to it soon. Amazing review! 😀


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