The Captain’s Log – in an absent dream (Seanan McGuire)

Ahoy there me mateys!  This be the fourth book in the series.  While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the previous three then ye might want to skip this post. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

I think this be me favourite.  I know I say that with each respective book but seriously this series continues to grow and be wonderful.  This book tells the story of Lundy in the Goblin Market.  Ye originally meet Lundy in the first novella and I have always wanted to know the rest of her intriguing story.  I was so excited to finally get those answers.

What I loved about this installment was that it continued to reveal complexities in how the doors and worlds work.  The Goblin Market was both enticing and scary.  I loved all the complexities of fair value.  The difference in this book is that ye can come and go multiple times between yer home world and yer door world.  It led to some interesting twists.  Also this be a prequel.  Ye know the sad ending and yet I found meself weirdly hoping that somehow everything would work out for Lundy.  I seriously forgot I already knew the ending and was raptly wondering how the story would turn out and marveling at the twists and turns.

It be a darn good writer who can pull that off.  No more details because of spoilers but this was beautiful and compelling and bittersweet.  I will certainly be readin’ the next book when it comes out in 2020!  Arrrr!

Check out what me crew had to say (click the links for their full reviews):

Melanie @ meltotheany – “Each and every book in this series is not only expertly crafted, but also the theme will be hard hitting and impactful. Every Heart a Doorway is about asexuality and realizing how important it is to surround yourself with people who unconditionally love and accept you, all of you, because you’re worthy of it. Down Among the Sticks and Bones is about gender norms and stereotypes that the world horribly puts onto us, and how it’s a horrible cycle that never stops. Beneath the Sugar Sky is about loving yourself and no matter what your body looks like, that it’s perfect; fat, skinny, with scars, with hair, with modifications so that you can be the person that you want to be. And In An Absent Dream is about how we live in a world that has completely lost the meaning of what is fair and what is just and what is right.”

Jack Stark @ Goodreads – “I adore the Wayward Children series, and this was my favourite of them so far. Since hearing in book 1 of the Goblin Market and Lundy’s world, I wanted to know more. And I got more. A tale of girls with feathers in a land that tracks and measures fair value, and punishes those that try to outsmart the system. This story, like the rest in the series, is smart, bittersweet, and enchanting.”

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

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.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Seanan McGuire – Author

To buy the book go to:

in an absent dream – Book

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Previous Log Entries for this Author

every heart a doorway – book 1 (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

down among the sticks and bones – book 2 (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

beneath the sugar sky – book 3 (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

into the drowning deep (On the Horizon – Sci-Fi eArc)

24 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – in an absent dream (Seanan McGuire)

  1. Ugh! I desperately want to read this series, as everyone has been raving about how wonderful this series is. However, I cannot start this until all the books are published. With each additional review i want this series done! Any idea how many books are planned for this series?

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    1. Aye, I also usually wait for whole series to be completed. I know that there is one more book in this series scheduled for 2020 but am not sure if it be a final book. I could seriously read dozens of novellas set in these worlds. So ye may have a longer wait. But no matter how long ye wait it will be worth it.
      x The Captain

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      1. That’s quite a rave review, Captain! Well, if it looks like the 2020 book is the final book in this series, I’ll definitely pick it up. All the research I”ve done leaves this question unanswered. Why can’t I know ahead of time?! 😉 The anticipation is killing me.


  2. This one is my favorite, too! Partly, I’ll admit, because of all the worlds we’ve visited so far, the Goblin Market calls to me the most. I think this one might have been my door, if I hadn’t already been happy at home.

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    1. The Goblin Market is certainly closer to what I would want then in the other books. I was visiting one of me best friends and we got into a huge discussion about fair value even if she has never read the books.
      x The Captain


      1. There may be another world better suited to me, but it hasn’t been described yet. (Then again, I wasn’t sure about the Goblin Market until I read this book, so…)

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      2. I haven’t heard The Goblin Market described from the viewpoint of those who live there before, though, only visitors. I think that’s part of what I found most interesting.

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