I’m deviating a bit from my mini reviews by highlighting this Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series of novellas. I had absolutely no expectations going into this series, and I’ve had the book on my TBR for years without actually knowing what I was getting into. Not even sure how it was recommended to me, just that it was, and the book jacket summary for the hardcover didn’t really go into too much detail.
I can’t believe I waited this long. Actually, I can, considering the series isn’t even done yet.
But for those just starting like I am, the Wayward Children follow a set of characters who’ve somehow managed to find a doorway to a magical world (think Lucy and Edmund walking into a wardrobe and stepping into Narnia) and is spit back out only to try to find that world again. That’s how the first novella starts, by introducing us to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, and then following the story of Nancy.
The second novella follows two of the characters who show up in Every Heart a Doorway. In Down Among the Sticks and Bones, the highlight characters are Jack and Jill. This isn’t so much a progression of the plot that we found in Every Heart, but a flashback to the two children as they found their doors and why they found themselves at Eleanor West’s Home in the first place. From my understanding, that’s how the series of novellas are structured: odd numbered novellas denote the plot progression, while even numbered novellas focus on a different character’s backstory.
Jack happens to be my favorite character, so hands down, I knew I was going to be OBSESSED with this second book.
Honestly, these are also really quick reads, despite how many times I’ve stopped to highlight some favorite quotes and all. I’m already on book #5 but my gosh, is there ever going to be a Kade story coming out?!