I adore this series, but this was a straight up disappointment.
Ultimately I found this book boring and confusing. I liked the omnipotence of the Goblin Market and the moral questions it poses about fair value, giving and taking, and what you leave behind in the human world versus what lies ahead through the open door, but I liked these themes better in concept than in execution.
The rules of fair value were often difficult to follow and the characters have multiple conversations about this that go round and round in circles. While Seanan McGuire’s writing is lush and lyrical, I don’t enjoy finishing a conversation and thinking “what the hell did I just read?”
This book was also decidedly less queer/diverse than the previous ones, and while Lundy is obviously a character we’ve met before, I felt disconnected from the Wayward Children school/universe. Ultimately I didn’t find Lundy’s story engaging and didn’t care to keep reading. The only reason I *did* keep reading was to see how she’d eventually connect in with Eleanor.
S I G H. I’m still a massive fangirl of this series but I hope like hell the next instalment is better.