Synopsis: Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
Review: I’m a big fan of Seanan Mcguire and I do not miss to read each of her novels. So when I saw the release of this short story, I admit that I was attracted right away. Moreover the story seemed to stage different ideas that I was curious to explore.
The story takes place in a school… no it is not a school we usually find but something a bit different. Indeed, each student has one day entered a fantasy world, a place created especially for them and lived there for several years before returning in our world today. You can imagine that it will not necessarily please them to be back and they only dream to return to this place they cherish so much. Yet it is not easy but even impossible.
Nancy has just joined this small group and as each of them, she is determined to go back from where she came from. Yet that does not stop her from making friends who have experienced the same thing or to understand that ultimately it is quite possible that she would never return. But as she slowly evolves into the boarding school, some bodies appear and she is determined to understand what is happening. Alas, all this could be much more complicated than expected.
I spent a good time with this story that ultimately seems more than complete. The idea of the imaginary worlds was very intriguing and I admit that I was curious about each character. These protagonists are very varied and I enjoyed learning more about each of their personalities. I was also looking forward to discover the culprit of the history and I did not necessarily expect such an end. A very good story to discover!