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In the course of every great adventure there are multiple side-quests. All too often these go unreported—perhaps because the adventurers in question fail to return to the main narrative due to death or other distractions, and sometimes because the chronicler of the events decide to edit out that part of that particular history for reasons of their own (historians are never In the course of every great adventure there are multiple side-quests. All too often these go unreported—perhaps because the adventurers in question fail to return to the main narrative due to death or other distractions, and sometimes because the chronicler of the events decide to edit out that part of that particular history for reasons of their own (historians are never infallible)—but occasionally we get another window into our heroes' world. In Juice Like Wounds we once again get to meet Lundy, and some of her companions. Lundy's main adventure is detailed in In an Absent Dream (which is nominated for a Hugo Award, this year!) and you should definitely read that. Before or after this tale is up to you. Remember: side quests are fun. For the reader, at least...


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In the course of every great adventure there are multiple side-quests. All too often these go unreported—perhaps because the adventurers in question fail to return to the main narrative due to death or other distractions, and sometimes because the chronicler of the events decide to edit out that part of that particular history for reasons of their own (historians are never In the course of every great adventure there are multiple side-quests. All too often these go unreported—perhaps because the adventurers in question fail to return to the main narrative due to death or other distractions, and sometimes because the chronicler of the events decide to edit out that part of that particular history for reasons of their own (historians are never infallible)—but occasionally we get another window into our heroes' world. In Juice Like Wounds we once again get to meet Lundy, and some of her companions. Lundy's main adventure is detailed in In an Absent Dream (which is nominated for a Hugo Award, this year!) and you should definitely read that. Before or after this tale is up to you. Remember: side quests are fun. For the reader, at least...

30 review for Juice Like Wounds

  1. 5 out of 5

    karen

    This is the story of three girls who went into the woods together, and the two girls who came out the other side. I tell you this so that you will know, even from the beginning, that to become overly attached is only to do yourself a profound and primeval harm. Stories are weapons, you see. All stories. Some are swords and some are cudgels, but all of them can hurt you, if you allow it. seanan mcguire can hurt me anytime she pleases. every little bit of this story is a slash to the heart. it is a This is the story of three girls who went into the woods together, and the two girls who came out the other side. I tell you this so that you will know, even from the beginning, that to become overly attached is only to do yourself a profound and primeval harm. Stories are weapons, you see. All stories. Some are swords and some are cudgels, but all of them can hurt you, if you allow it. seanan mcguire can hurt me anytime she pleases. every little bit of this story is a slash to the heart. it is alive, seething on the page. its words are as vibrant and full of life as its characters, and while we know the outcome from the very first line, its tragic ending is no less affecting for it. its situation is similar to The Laws of the Skies, but the tone could not be more different. with Laws, there’s a gleeful nihilism at work, and the inevitable demise of all of its characters unfolds with cerebral detachment. here, even though you know you are being propelled straight into tragedy, you are powerless to resist falling in love with these girls. it's beautiful, gutting stuff. even though it’s only a short story, this is unquestionably my all-time favorite work in the wayward children series. definitely read In an Absent Dream first, to understand how lundy’s adopted world “works,” but do not miss out on this heartbreaking gem of a story. on a personal note, before reading these books, given my predilections for candy and unicorns, i would have assumed i’d feel most at home with sumi in confection or with regan in the hooflands, but if i’m being honest, lundy’s goblin market is where i belong—this is the worldstructure that makes the most sense to me. high logic/high wicked? i am sure. bring it on. **************************************** this might be the best story i have ever read, and maybe my favorite wayward children piece yet. review to come. go read it NOW https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... *************************************** hahahah the pub-time for this got pushed back from 9 am to 9:20 am. is this their way of gently requesting i stop refreshing the page every 2 seconds?? 9:09 and counting... 9:21 update: now it's scheduled for 9:30. I WILL NEVER GIVE UP! 9:35, they say. I WILL WAIT FOREVER FOR YOU, STORY!! I'M YOUR DANIEL DAY-LEWIS 9:36 YYYYEEEEESSSSSSSSS come to my blog!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    4.5 stars! Final review, first posted on FantasyLiterature.com: “Juice Like Wounds” is the story of a portentous event that takes place in what is probably my favorite book in Seanan McGuire’s WAYWARD CHILDREN series, In an Absent Dream. In the novella this event takes place offstage; in this shorter work we get the full story of this adventure. Lundy is a young girl who has found her way from our mundane world through a magical portal to the Goblin Market — a wonderful, weird, and remarkable pla 4.5 stars! Final review, first posted on FantasyLiterature.com: “Juice Like Wounds” is the story of a portentous event that takes place in what is probably my favorite book in Seanan McGuire’s WAYWARD CHILDREN series, In an Absent Dream. In the novella this event takes place offstage; in this shorter work we get the full story of this adventure. Lundy is a young girl who has found her way from our mundane world through a magical portal to the Goblin Market — a wonderful, weird, and remarkable place that’s also rule-bound, based on the immutable concept of “fair value” in trade, and generally unforgiving of mistakes. Lundy and her two best friends, Moon and Mockery, enchanted by the idea of being heroes and taking back a place that has been wrongfully taken over by a person (literally) turned monster, and hopefully also getting some valuable pomegranates in the process to trade in the market, decide to try to reclaim a pomegranate grove from its monstrous possessor, despite the Archivist’s warnings to Lundy:“They are the makers of monsters, and their workshops are their own hearts. Given time enough, they become terrible things, takers of children and stealers of dreams. But they never don the feathers they so feared, and they sometimes grow enough in strength to steal things that were never meant to belong to them, and so they feel themselves acquitted.” The sorrow on the Archivist’s face was painful to behold. “Good children should not sport with monsters. There are always costs.”It’s Seanan McGuire’s insightful narration that raises this story far above the norm. She sees right into the hearts of these characters, illuminating their flaws and foibles as well as their admirable qualities. Read it free online here at Tor.com.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    Every Heart a Doorway ★★★ 1/2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★ 3/4 Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★ In an Absent Dream ★★★★ Come Tumbling Down ★★★ 1/2 Across the Green Grass Fields ★★★ 1/2 Juice Like Wounds ★★★★ This is a short story, a sad one too. It is actually one of the best entries in the series despite the length. I just loved the prose in this one and it reminded me of why I loved this series to start with. If you got 20 mins or so, I encourage you to try this one, it is really good and will enhan Every Heart a Doorway ★★★ 1/2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★ 3/4 Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★ In an Absent Dream ★★★★ Come Tumbling Down ★★★ 1/2 Across the Green Grass Fields ★★★ 1/2 Juice Like Wounds ★★★★ This is a short story, a sad one too. It is actually one of the best entries in the series despite the length. I just loved the prose in this one and it reminded me of why I loved this series to start with. If you got 20 mins or so, I encourage you to try this one, it is really good and will enhance the series! It is available to read online for free, just google it. I hope to get more stories like this in the future!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    The way I had no idea this existed, but you can read it for free HERE! 1.) Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★ 2.) Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★ 3.) Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★ 4.) In an Absent Dream ★★★★★ 5.) Come Tumbling Down ★★★ Blog | Instagram | Youtube | Ko-fi | Spotify | Twitch The way I had no idea this existed, but you can read it for free HERE! 1.) Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★ 2.) Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★ 3.) Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★ 4.) In an Absent Dream ★★★★★ 5.) Come Tumbling Down ★★★ Blog | Instagram | Youtube | Ko-fi | Spotify | Twitch

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    This may be a side story for the Wayward Children series but all by itself, it happens to be one hell of a great story. No one truly needs to keep this out of their lives. Even if they never read the rest of the series, this one should be a must-read. https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... Yes, it's a Sacred Grove story. Yes, it's a story of sacrifice and Fair Value and the righting of old wrongs. And yes, it's a heartwrenching tale. But Seanan makes no bones about it. She warns us up front. This may be a side story for the Wayward Children series but all by itself, it happens to be one hell of a great story. No one truly needs to keep this out of their lives. Even if they never read the rest of the series, this one should be a must-read. https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... Yes, it's a Sacred Grove story. Yes, it's a story of sacrifice and Fair Value and the righting of old wrongs. And yes, it's a heartwrenching tale. But Seanan makes no bones about it. She warns us up front.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    In an Absent Dream is one of my favourite Wayward Children installments, so this short story that explains what really happened to Mockery was a welcome return to the world. As usual I really enjoyed the writing, the atmosphere and the characters. The three girls are a great combination, described as McGuire as different flowing rivers, with different opinions and values in a world defined by fair value. It's an interesting, logical world that speaks to me a little bit. I can't deny Lundy's door In an Absent Dream is one of my favourite Wayward Children installments, so this short story that explains what really happened to Mockery was a welcome return to the world. As usual I really enjoyed the writing, the atmosphere and the characters. The three girls are a great combination, described as McGuire as different flowing rivers, with different opinions and values in a world defined by fair value. It's an interesting, logical world that speaks to me a little bit. I can't deny Lundy's door would have been the same as my own, and I liked the small expansion on the way magic works here. Good children who make bad decisions turn into birds. Bad children in return turn into monsters. It's rather simple really.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Anyone who has known me for more than 5 minutes knows that I'm a fan of the Wayward Children series. So when I found out about there being a short story, I had to read it. Immediately. And Seanan McGuire did not disappoint. Readers of the series know that book 4 was Lundy's story. Within Lundy's story, there was a side quest from her past hinted at. And it's that side quest between Moon, Lundy and Mockery that we are getting here now. So yeah, despite the storyteller's warning, prepare to have yo Anyone who has known me for more than 5 minutes knows that I'm a fan of the Wayward Children series. So when I found out about there being a short story, I had to read it. Immediately. And Seanan McGuire did not disappoint. Readers of the series know that book 4 was Lundy's story. Within Lundy's story, there was a side quest from her past hinted at. And it's that side quest between Moon, Lundy and Mockery that we are getting here now. So yeah, despite the storyteller's warning, prepare to have your hearts ripped out. The writing is as beautiful as it is cruel, heartwrenching and yet balm for the soul. In short: it is once again a thing of beauty (and it doesn't matter one bit that we already know how it ends). You can read the story for free here: https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Peter Tillman

    Portal fantasy and a coming-of-age story, and about as good as they get. Read the publisher's blurb (above) for the background. This one is award-worthy too, in my judgment. You should read it. Masterful storytelling. https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... I'll be reading the companion-book, which is a Hugo nominee. I tried the first Wayward Children years ago and didn't care for it. Clearly she's gotten better at this. Or I'm on her wavelength now... Portal fantasy and a coming-of-age story, and about as good as they get. Read the publisher's blurb (above) for the background. This one is award-worthy too, in my judgment. You should read it. Masterful storytelling. https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... I'll be reading the companion-book, which is a Hugo nominee. I tried the first Wayward Children years ago and didn't care for it. Clearly she's gotten better at this. Or I'm on her wavelength now...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Acqua

    Oh, that hurt. I did wonder who Mockery was during In An Absent Dream, because her story was oddly danced around and never really told, but I also understood that not everything can fit in a novella. And now I understand - this did deserve its own story, its own space as a sidequest. Apart from how much I loved being back with Lundy and Moon, reading about the Goblin Market is such an interesting experience, because one thing I'm sure of is that it would be the wrong world for me (...a world in wh Oh, that hurt. I did wonder who Mockery was during In An Absent Dream, because her story was oddly danced around and never really told, but I also understood that not everything can fit in a novella. And now I understand - this did deserve its own story, its own space as a sidequest. Apart from how much I loved being back with Lundy and Moon, reading about the Goblin Market is such an interesting experience, because one thing I'm sure of is that it would be the wrong world for me (...a world in which people treat each other "fairly" - whose definition of fairness do you even use - because of magically enforced rules? No thank you.) but the characters in the world treat said not fitting in as a moral failing - is it? ...Now I want a whole story about the villain. There's always more to tell! (...Is the pomegranate grove in any way tied to Nancy's world?)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    Stories are weapons, you see. All stories. Some are swords and some are cudgels, but all of them can hurt you, if you allow it. If you give them the space they need to twist and wriggle in your hands, becoming something other than friendly, becoming something other than tame. All stories are weapons, and children’s stories are doubly so, for children have not yet learned how to be careful.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Baker

    Readathon: This is part of a readathon to help me lower my TBR to a reasonable number. I may have to continue this readathon for five years to achieve this goal. Fans of the Wayward Children series will love this short story. You can read it here. Readathon: This is part of a readathon to help me lower my TBR to a reasonable number. I may have to continue this readathon for five years to achieve this goal. Fans of the Wayward Children series will love this short story. You can read it here.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Holly (The GrimDragon)

    "Stories are weapons, you see. All stories. Some are swords and some are cudgels, but all of them can hurt you, if you allow it. If you give them the space they need to twist and wriggle in your hands, becoming something other than friendly, becoming something other than tame. All stories are weapons, and children’s stories are doubly so, for children have not yet learned how to be careful." If you're like me, you love a side quest. Juice Like Wounds is Lundy's side quest to her main journey in I "Stories are weapons, you see. All stories. Some are swords and some are cudgels, but all of them can hurt you, if you allow it. If you give them the space they need to twist and wriggle in your hands, becoming something other than friendly, becoming something other than tame. All stories are weapons, and children’s stories are doubly so, for children have not yet learned how to be careful." If you're like me, you love a side quest. Juice Like Wounds is Lundy's side quest to her main journey in In an Absent Dream & what a glorious gut-punch it is! Brutally beautiful, haunting & gorgeously told. Oof.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)

    Flash Book Review: That was the sound of Seanan McGuire stabbing me in the heart with the machete she keeps under her bed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Manisha

    “And where there are children who know, without a doubt, that the monsters exist, and that there must be a quest in the fullness of time.” A short story, lyrically crafted, that expands on a moment mentioned in In An Absent Dream. We follow the adventures of Moon, Mockery and Lundy as they enter the forest. Three enter, two leave, and this story tells us what happened within those fateful moments. As always, I love McGuire’s writing. Her prose is lovely with a fairy tale flair to it. And even “And where there are children who know, without a doubt, that the monsters exist, and that there must be a quest in the fullness of time.” A short story, lyrically crafted, that expands on a moment mentioned in In An Absent Dream. We follow the adventures of Moon, Mockery and Lundy as they enter the forest. Three enter, two leave, and this story tells us what happened within those fateful moments. As always, I love McGuire’s writing. Her prose is lovely with a fairy tale flair to it. And even though the story is short, I enjoyed it. It perfectly explained a moment in time for Lundy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ria the Wannabe Librarian

    Ow my heart. *Sobs* Seanan McGuire you are an evil, evil writer and I shall be pleased to read your grocery list. This stung. (Pun intended for those that read it, they know what this pun is.)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

    Juice Like Wounds by Seanan McGuire Book 4.5 in the Wayward Children series 5 stars DON'T READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IN AN ABSENT DREAM This short story follows Lundy (the main character from In An Absent Dream), her friends, Moon and Mockery, as they travel into the woods and fight a monster. One of the most haunting aspects of In An Absent Dream was the death Mockery off scene and the impact that it had Lundy. This is their story and we see the brutal fallout of what the Goblin Market does Juice Like Wounds by Seanan McGuire Book 4.5 in the Wayward Children series 5 stars DON'T READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IN AN ABSENT DREAM This short story follows Lundy (the main character from In An Absent Dream), her friends, Moon and Mockery, as they travel into the woods and fight a monster. One of the most haunting aspects of In An Absent Dream was the death Mockery off scene and the impact that it had Lundy. This is their story and we see the brutal fallout of what the Goblin Market does to those who do not trade at fair value. In this world, good children who don't make fair value slowly become birds. In this story, we see what bad children who don't make fair value become. I loved every second of this story from the beginning to the end. The writing was filled with lyrical beauty and haunting sadness. The Goblin Market and these three young children as well as the Archivist have my heart and boy, was I wrecked to tears. Totally, wrecked and devastated even though I know Mockery dies because I have been told this before, but reading and seeing such a sad and innocent death of a heroine who wanted to be a hero and come back alive was heartbreaking. So, yeah, this story will crush you. Go explore it. Whimsical Writing Scale: 5 Character Scale: 5 Plotastic Scale: 5 Cover Thoughts: A simple illustration.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    4.5 stars A beautiful yet sad tale about 3 girls, 4 rivers and 1 wood. McGuire at her best!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elena Linville

    This is a free short story on Tor website and it's absolutely delightful! It happens during the In and Absent Dream book in the Wayward Children series and tells the story of how Lundy, Moon, and Mockery defeated the Wasp Queen... and the dire consequences of that action. While it certainly can be read as a standalone short story, I would highly recommend that you read the book first. That incident is mentioned in the book, but never expanded upon, even though it has life-changing consequences fo This is a free short story on Tor website and it's absolutely delightful! It happens during the In and Absent Dream book in the Wayward Children series and tells the story of how Lundy, Moon, and Mockery defeated the Wasp Queen... and the dire consequences of that action. While it certainly can be read as a standalone short story, I would highly recommend that you read the book first. That incident is mentioned in the book, but never expanded upon, even though it has life-changing consequences for Lundy. It was nice to finally learn what really happened. And if you read the book first, you will know these girls, you will know how the Market works, so you will be much more invested in their stories (even if you know how that story ends). Either way, this is a beautifully written, if rather bitter sweet story, whether you take it as a standalone or read it as part of the Wayward Children series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Giulia

    "This is the story of three girls who went into the woods together, and the two girls who came out the other side." TW: blood Fam, this one hurt. Wow, I was not expecting it. My heart is heavy, mate. Short, profound and impactful. The attention with which words were chosen and sentences were crafted. I am speechless. Also, this filled in the gap I complained about concerning In an Absent Dream, so I am incredibly happy about it (even if this short story itself was heartbreaking). "Stories are weapo "This is the story of three girls who went into the woods together, and the two girls who came out the other side." TW: blood Fam, this one hurt. Wow, I was not expecting it. My heart is heavy, mate. Short, profound and impactful. The attention with which words were chosen and sentences were crafted. I am speechless. Also, this filled in the gap I complained about concerning In an Absent Dream, so I am incredibly happy about it (even if this short story itself was heartbreaking). "Stories are weapons, you see. All stories. Some are swords and some are cudgels, but all of them can hurt you, if you allow it."

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Michelle

    This was a great little supplemental story, branching off the fourth main book in the series of the Wayward Children. It rejoined Lundy and Moon, with a great little introduction to Mockery and the trio of friends that was ever so slightly touched upon in the main story. We hear about what happened to Mockery and the groups fight with the wasp queen as it is mentioned in passing, but it was great to actually read this and extend what was built upon in In An Absent Dream. And it was greatly writt This was a great little supplemental story, branching off the fourth main book in the series of the Wayward Children. It rejoined Lundy and Moon, with a great little introduction to Mockery and the trio of friends that was ever so slightly touched upon in the main story. We hear about what happened to Mockery and the groups fight with the wasp queen as it is mentioned in passing, but it was great to actually read this and extend what was built upon in In An Absent Dream. And it was greatly written as with the others and was a fab short little read to finish off the books so far.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    I've fallen in love with this series (yes, you can ask why I didn't give it any 5 star rating yet, I'm waiting until it really makes me cry ;-)) and when I saw that this short could be either read before the fourth or after the fourth book (or as a stand alone! It will still work!) I couldn't wait any longer. I fit it into a quiet half an hour and enjoyed it immensely. This short story is a great way to see if this series and this books might be for you. McGuire shows her storytelling qualities I've fallen in love with this series (yes, you can ask why I didn't give it any 5 star rating yet, I'm waiting until it really makes me cry ;-)) and when I saw that this short could be either read before the fourth or after the fourth book (or as a stand alone! It will still work!) I couldn't wait any longer. I fit it into a quiet half an hour and enjoyed it immensely. This short story is a great way to see if this series and this books might be for you. McGuire shows her storytelling qualities and style. Everything I love in the original books is in this short story too. It's a mixture of multiple points of views and moments of an extern narrator commenting with beautiful and wise sentences. The plot of this story is heartbreaking. At least McGuire gives a warning at the beginning, but it's still quite heartbreaking. Especially because she really manages to tell this story with so much passion and emotion that even though it's short and even though we don't get to know the characters that well it still works. McGuire also showcases in this short story how she can craft a unique and different world without info dumps and without too many details. The world comes to life because of smartly inserted words, small throw away lines and the way the kids talk to each other. Is there more to discover? Most likely. Does it still work? It certainly does.

  22. 5 out of 5

    jules ☆ミ

    seanan mcguire can hurt me when she wants and i'd thank her. seanan mcguire can hurt me when she wants and i'd thank her.

  23. 5 out of 5

    GoldGato

    Finally, I made some reading room in order to complete a Wayward Children story by Seanan McGuire. It's a fantasy world of portals and strange adventures and lessons to be learned. All stories are weapons, and children’s stories are doubly so, for children have not yet learned how to be careful. Three little girls decide they must complete a mission, an adventure to make them famous. They have been fatted like calves on tales of heroism, youngsters who believe themselves invulnerable, as most chil Finally, I made some reading room in order to complete a Wayward Children story by Seanan McGuire. It's a fantasy world of portals and strange adventures and lessons to be learned. All stories are weapons, and children’s stories are doubly so, for children have not yet learned how to be careful. Three little girls decide they must complete a mission, an adventure to make them famous. They have been fatted like calves on tales of heroism, youngsters who believe themselves invulnerable, as most children do. The youngest is familiar with their current world, where The Marketplace rules supreme. There are rules to be followed, for bartering is the law of the land and this child is aware of all of them. The middle child is the most recent arrival and in control of herself and her name, which cannot be traded away for any sustenance. The eldest child has come from the world that is farthest away and her journey to find herself makes her the bravest of them all. They choose a forbidden grove of pomegranates as their target for rescue. The fruit will bring high rewards in The Marketplace along with fame and fortune. The children are too young to understand that one should never go dowsing for monsters. And a monster is what they will indeed find. It is the pomegranate fruit which has juice like wounds. Seanan McGuire writes with a lyrical touch so every sentence seemed perfect for the fantasy world it was representing. However, I couldn't stand the three little girls. They seemed to carry that righteous spoiled-suburban-girl attitude as in, their families raised them to believe they were special so they must find a cause to extol. I'm hoping it's just this story that has the obnoxious ones and not any other parts of the series. Book Season = Year Round (shadows whisper)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Drakeryn

    MOCKERY/MOON/LUNDY STORY, THIS IS NOT A DRILL read it here: https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... (and thanks to karen for pointing this out!) MOCKERY/MOON/LUNDY STORY, THIS IS NOT A DRILL read it here: https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... (and thanks to karen for pointing this out!)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chi

    This is a short story that follows In an Absent Dream (although the preamble suggests that it can be read first, it wouldn't make as much sense as if it had been read following "In an Absent Dream"). This story involves the adventures of Moon, Lundy and Mockery, and specifically, their confrontation with the Wasp Queen. I truly wished that this had been part of "In an Absent Dream". It would've made the story substantially impactful, and it would've made more understandable both Moon and Lundy's This is a short story that follows In an Absent Dream (although the preamble suggests that it can be read first, it wouldn't make as much sense as if it had been read following "In an Absent Dream"). This story involves the adventures of Moon, Lundy and Mockery, and specifically, their confrontation with the Wasp Queen. I truly wished that this had been part of "In an Absent Dream". It would've made the story substantially impactful, and it would've made more understandable both Moon and Lundy's motivations. Instead, "In an Absent Dream" was rendered hollower with this story's absence. Nevertheless, it is a welcome addition to the Wayward Children series, and does flesh out "In an Absent Dream".

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was a heartbreaking story filled with the lush and multilayered prose that I've come to know McGuire for. With her, a description is never just a description, but a window into the characters or foreshadowing into the overarching tale that she telling. She rarely has her words fulfill a single purpose and that's one of the things I really like about her works. I feel this story stands alone very well, though it would be helpful to have at least an understanding of the way the portal world as This was a heartbreaking story filled with the lush and multilayered prose that I've come to know McGuire for. With her, a description is never just a description, but a window into the characters or foreshadowing into the overarching tale that she telling. She rarely has her words fulfill a single purpose and that's one of the things I really like about her works. I feel this story stands alone very well, though it would be helpful to have at least an understanding of the way the portal world aspect works in the Wayward Children series. This story can be read for free here at Tor.com!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julia Benassi

    All children have such dreams, afternoons spent saving imaginary princesses from towers made of trees or piled stones, evenings spent fighting and vanquishing monsters too terrible to name. Children play at adventure; it’s a part of childhood. And in most places, that is all it is, for there are few enough dangers left in the world that are simple enough to be defeated with the swing of a sword. . Hi darkness my old friend

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Girard

    4.5 Seanan McGuire did it again. So much happened in this short story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maxine

    Three girls go into a woods and only two return in Juice Like Wound. It is a beautiful, lyrical and sad short story, and a lovely addition to the Wayward Children series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica L. Martens

    BIG OUCH. Honestly I'm not sure how it's possible to feel as sad as I did in that short of a time period. I cannot say enough about the beauty and intensity of Seanan's writing. BIG OUCH. Honestly I'm not sure how it's possible to feel as sad as I did in that short of a time period. I cannot say enough about the beauty and intensity of Seanan's writing.

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