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Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire

Average Rating: 91 points, 4 ¾ stars!
Ongoing series with 4 novellas
Genres: urban fantasy, portal fantasy, fantasy, young adult

Under certain conditions, childrens can slip through the cracks of the world, through the shadows and through doorways into lands that are at once magical and fearful. Where they go is Home. And sometimes they come back. That is what Miss Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children is for. To create a place for children who must cope with just wanting to go home. 

RVs Chart 112 Reading Order:

1. Every Heart a Doorway 5 stars!
2. Down Among the Sticks and Bones 4 ½ stars
3. Beneath a Sugar Sky 4 ¼ stars
4. In An Absent Dream 5 stars!

Wayward Children is a series of novellas. Shorter works of fiction aren’t typically my thing, because they always leave me wanting more. That is still the case with Wayward Children, and I absolutely adore this series. My ratings for this series are more personal than they typically are. This is because each novella is personal to the person reading it. Everyone has their Home, and not every book is my Home. doesn’t mean I don’t still love this series.

We see many characters in the journeys in and out of the portals. Most love their new Homes. We see them as they find their Home, we some as they lose their Home. Some we see get their Home back. But always it is about these children figuring out who they are, whatever that may be. Whoever it might be.

The worlds are rich and varied. Some of the worlds are very structured, some are pure and utter chaos. Seanan McGuire knows how to build these worlds, and I love it. I love everything about it. I love how different they are, I love how similar others are. I love how everything is tied together.

I’ll always have a soft spot for Wayward Children. I love the worlds Seanan McGuire creates, and I love the people, too. I love the stories, for all that they hurt me. I’m never disappointed.

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