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Another fantasy audiobook from Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series, which began with the Alex, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning, World Fantasy Award finalist Every Heart a Doorway.
Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third audiobook in McGuire's Wayward Children series, returns listeners to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children in a contemporary fantasy for fans of all ages. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world.
When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. But Rini can't let Reality get in the way of her quest - not when she has an entire world to save! (Much more common than one would suppose.)
If she can't find a way to restore her mother, Rini will have more than a world to save: She will never have been born in the first place. And in a world without magic, she doesn't have long before Reality notices her existence and washes her away. Good thing the student body is well-acquainted with quests....
A tale of friendship, baking, and derring-do.
Warning: May contain nuts.
©2018 Seanan McGuire (P)2018 Macmillan Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Neubauje on 01-11-18

What a tear-jerker!

I sometimes wish these books were longer, they have such wonderful world(s)-building... but I suppose the characters wish for that too.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 02-17-18


I was excited when I got the pre-order notice for this sequel, since I LOVED Every Heart a Doorway and then thought that the next-published prequel, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, managed somehow to exceed Heart in every way. And yes! I had to wait for just the right mood, to make the most of the opportunity - but when the time and whimsy were right, Beneath a Sugar Sky did not disappoint! It simply made me happy to listen, even when the protagonists were struggling, and part of it was that the protagonists felt so real that it was if I knew Kade and Christopher and Sumi and Miss West at summer camp and felt glad to be back among them and meeting new friends too. I can't think of the last book in which the people in it were so real and three-dimensional, without becoming too complex for their ages or experiences. And the worlds were truly, deeply, original and inspired, and they too were so detailed that they felt real, like strange foreign lands that you can visit but will never be home.

A quick note about the narrator: she was terrific - but Seanan McGuire was so magical a narrator for Sticks and Bones that no one could match her, and I was just a little disappointed that she didn't read this one too. I also didn't much care for the voices of Sumi and her daughter, but the narrator nailed them so Sumi sounded exactly as she had in Heart, and her daughter sounded very similar. And those matched their personalities - abrupt, a little high, a little whiny, and usually demanding. So the narrator was excellent, and I almost feel guilty giving her just four stars.... but finally I engaged in a little "grade deflation" to express again the gap between a really good narrator - and Ms. McGuire herself in Sticks and Bones.

Last but not least and in proof of Ms. McGuire's writing talent: this book would, I think, work just fine as a first read or as a stand-alone novel. But really, don't cheat yourself - get all three!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-14-18


Wonderful as usual. The only negative thing I have to say about this series is that it is so short! I have never wanted more from a series than I have this!

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