Author // Seanan McGuire
Publication Date // January 2018
Publisher // Pan Macmillan
Readership // Adult
Genre // Magical Realism
Rating // ✭✭✭✭☆
A stand-alone fantasy tale from Seanan McGuire’s Alex-award winning Wayward Children series, which began in the Alex, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning, World Fantasy Award finalist, Tiptree Honor List
, the third book in McGuire’s Wayward Children series, returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children in a standalone contemporary fantasy for fans of all ages. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.
I adore the Wayward Children series of novellas by Seanan McGuire. Despite their short length (which I one hundred percent believe is the perfect length for these tales), they pack a punch that plenty of other books lack, and Beneath the Sugar Sky is no exception.
Set after the events of Every Heart a Doorway, Sumi’s daughter, Rini, travels to Earth through a doorway in order to find her mother and set the world of Confection back on it’s nonsensical path, enlisting the help of current residents at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
The beauty of the premise of this particular tale is that it’s set, predominantly, in a Nonsense land, so it doesn’t make sense, and in it’s own way, it makes perfect sense. Confection, as a land, is like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory on steroids, and it’s wonderful. McGuire writes such wonderful descriptions of these worlds that it is so easy to form a picture of them in your head.
As always, the characters are on point, and we spend more time getting to know Kade and Christopher in this story, as well as new resident, Cora. It was wonderful to get inside the heads of Kade, a boy who was born a girl, and Christopher, a boy who wants to be a Skeleton, as well as mermaid, Cora (and I’d love a story set in her world). McGuire also fleshes out their worlds in more depth, helping to construct a stronger narrative understanding of the connections between them all, as well as their differences.
I will always be willing to jump blindly into a new Wayward Children story – magic and mystery await in each one.
Thank you to Netgalley for proving me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.