Apr 23, 2019RebelBelle13 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I'm honestly conflicted a little here. While I understand the author's approach, and the clear moral that's taught, along with real-life consequences of bouncing between two worlds, I'm not happy with the delivery, or the ending. Seanan McGuire does an amazing job of creating doors to other worlds, of all different kinds. This one happens to be based on the exchange of fair value, and the world praises rules highly. Lundy seems to be the perfect candidate for The Goblin Market, but also jumps too readily into accepting debt that she doesn't understand. The rules of this world are explained fully, so there is no confusion about what it demands. Unlike the other doors, Lundy is able to go back and forth several times between the market and her own world, until she makes a decision to stay in either place.
What I don't appreciate here is what I tend to refer to as the (Star Wars) prequel effect. We are shown the mundane- Lundy organizing books and doing laundry to pay off debt- and other quests and side stories are glossed over in barely a sentence. I would have loved McGuire to go into detail about Lundy defeating the Wasp Queen, and the death of Mockery- but instead, it is relegated to barely a footnote; which is insane in a book that's already under 200 pages long. You've got time for this side-story. Tell us about it.
Without giving away the ending, I will say that I didn't like it- and while that shouldn't really affect my score, I'm sad to say it does. If I don't like how a story ends, I'm not going to reread it or recommend it to others.
Here's hoping the next in the series is a little brighter, and we get more detail than we did here.