Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is the third book in the Wayward Children series, and lighter in tone than the first two. It's more of a straightforward quest plot, with less emphasis on atmosphere, setting, and characterization. This doesn't necessarily make it a bad book--we learn more about the divisions and definitions of McGuire's series of Worlds, particularly Nonsense worlds--but it's not sticking with me as strongly as its excellent predecessor, Down Among the Sticks and Bones.
What this book does do is catch us up with some characters in the previous two books. I enjoyed seeing Nancy, and how she's flourishing since her return to the Halls of the Dead. It also introduces new characters that I would be interested in seeing in subsequent books, especially Layla, the Baker of Confection, the sugar-laden Nonsense world in which most of this installment takes place. I do hope Layla's story is told in another book. I also hope we get a book focusing on Kade and what happened to him.
Overall, this is a worthy addition to the series.
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