Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

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“Adults can still tumble down rabbit holes and into enchanted wardrobes, but it happens less and less with every year they live. Maybe this is a natural consequence of living in a world where being careful is a necessary survival trait, where logic wears away the potential for something bigger and better than the obvious.”

The third book in the Wayward Children series, Beneath the Sugar Sky takes us on another adventure, this time to Confection (the land of candy and sweets). When an unexpected visitor appears at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a group of students must set out on a quest to do the seemingly impossible. I won’t say more about the story itself as I don’t want to give anything away. It is a novella so I find it is best to just jump in without knowing too much.

I adored the first two novellas, Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bonesand this latest release is a wonderful addition. Seanan McGuire has created worlds of fairy tales that capture the imagination and ones I am happy to continue to explore. There are characters we have already come to know along with some new faces. The story is strange and compelling, and as always the writing is absolutely beautiful. I look forward to seeing what the next novella has in store and what worlds we get to explore next.

“But children, ah, children. Children follow the foxes, and open the wardrobes, and peek beneath the bridge. Children climb the walls and fall down the wells and run the razor’s edge of possibility until sometimes, just sometimes, the possible surrenders and shows them the way to go home.”

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