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In the course of every great adventure there are multiple side-quests. All too often these go unreported—perhaps because the adventurers in question fail to return to the main narrative due to death or other distractions, and sometimes because the chronicler of the events decide to edit out that part of that particular history for reasons of their own (historians are never In the course of every great adventure there are multiple side-quests. All too often these go unreported—perhaps because the adventurers in question fail to return to the main narrative due to death or other distractions, and sometimes because the chronicler of the events decide to edit out that part of that particular history for reasons of their own (historians are never infallible)—but occasionally we get another window into our heroes' world. In Juice Like Wounds we once again get to meet Lundy, and some of her companions. Lundy's main adventure is detailed in In an Absent Dream (which is nominated for a Hugo Award, this year!) and you should definitely read that. Before or after this tale is up to you. Remember: side quests are fun. For the reader, at least...


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In the course of every great adventure there are multiple side-quests. All too often these go unreported—perhaps because the adventurers in question fail to return to the main narrative due to death or other distractions, and sometimes because the chronicler of the events decide to edit out that part of that particular history for reasons of their own (historians are never In the course of every great adventure there are multiple side-quests. All too often these go unreported—perhaps because the adventurers in question fail to return to the main narrative due to death or other distractions, and sometimes because the chronicler of the events decide to edit out that part of that particular history for reasons of their own (historians are never infallible)—but occasionally we get another window into our heroes' world. In Juice Like Wounds we once again get to meet Lundy, and some of her companions. Lundy's main adventure is detailed in In an Absent Dream (which is nominated for a Hugo Award, this year!) and you should definitely read that. Before or after this tale is up to you. Remember: side quests are fun. For the reader, at least...

30 review for Juice Like Wounds

  1. 5 out of 5

    karen

    This is the story of three girls who went into the woods together, and the two girls who came out the other side. I tell you this so that you will know, even from the beginning, that to become overly attached is only to do yourself a profound and primeval harm. Stories are weapons, you see. All stories. Some are swords and some are cudgels, but all of them can hurt you, if you allow it. seanan mcguire can hurt me anytime she pleases. every little bit of this story is a slash to the heart. it is a This is the story of three girls who went into the woods together, and the two girls who came out the other side. I tell you this so that you will know, even from the beginning, that to become overly attached is only to do yourself a profound and primeval harm. Stories are weapons, you see. All stories. Some are swords and some are cudgels, but all of them can hurt you, if you allow it. seanan mcguire can hurt me anytime she pleases. every little bit of this story is a slash to the heart. it is alive, seething on the page. its words are as vibrant and full of life as its characters, and while we know the outcome from the very first line, its tragic ending is no less affecting for it. its situation is similar to The Laws of the Skies, but the tone could not be more different. with Laws, there’s a gleeful nihilism at work, and the inevitable demise of all of its characters unfolds with cerebral detachment. here, even though you know you are being propelled straight into tragedy, you are powerless to resist falling in love with these girls. it's beautiful, gutting stuff. even though it’s only a short story, this is unquestionably my all-time favorite work in the wayward children series. definitely read In an Absent Dream first, to understand how lundy’s adopted world “works,” but do not miss out on this heartbreaking gem of a story. on a personal note, before reading these books, given my predilections for candy and unicorns, i would have assumed i’d feel most at home with sumi in confection or with regan in the hooflands, but if i’m being honest, lundy’s goblin market is where i belong—this is the worldstructure that makes the most sense to me. high logic/high wicked? i am sure. bring it on. **************************************** this might be the best story i have ever read, and maybe my favorite wayward children piece yet. review to come. go read it NOW https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... *************************************** hahahah the pub-time for this got pushed back from 9 am to 9:20 am. is this their way of gently requesting i stop refreshing the page every 2 seconds?? 9:09 and counting... 9:21 update: now it's scheduled for 9:30. I WILL NEVER GIVE UP! 9:35, they say. I WILL WAIT FOREVER FOR YOU, STORY!! I'M YOUR DANIEL DAY-LEWIS 9:36 YYYYEEEEESSSSSSSSS come to my blog!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    4.5 stars! Final review, first posted on FantasyLiterature.com: “Juice Like Wounds” is the story of a portentous event that takes place in what is probably my favorite book in Seanan McGuire’s WAYWARD CHILDREN series, In an Absent Dream. In the novella this event takes place offstage; in this shorter work we get the full story of this adventure. Lundy is a young girl who has found her way from our mundane world through a magical portal to the Goblin Market — a wonderful, weird, and remarkable pla 4.5 stars! Final review, first posted on FantasyLiterature.com: “Juice Like Wounds” is the story of a portentous event that takes place in what is probably my favorite book in Seanan McGuire’s WAYWARD CHILDREN series, In an Absent Dream. In the novella this event takes place offstage; in this shorter work we get the full story of this adventure. Lundy is a young girl who has found her way from our mundane world through a magical portal to the Goblin Market — a wonderful, weird, and remarkable place that’s also rule-bound, based on the immutable concept of “fair value” in trade, and generally unforgiving of mistakes. Lundy and her two best friends, Moon and Mockery, enchanted by the idea of being heroes and taking back a place that has been wrongfully taken over by a person (literally) turned monster, and hopefully also getting some valuable pomegranates in the process to trade in the market, decide to try to reclaim a pomegranate grove from its monstrous possessor, despite the Archivist’s warnings to Lundy:“They are the makers of monsters, and their workshops are their own hearts. Given time enough, they become terrible things, takers of children and stealers of dreams. But they never don the feathers they so feared, and they sometimes grow enough in strength to steal things that were never meant to belong to them, and so they feel themselves acquitted.” The sorrow on the Archivist’s face was painful to behold. “Good children should not sport with monsters. There are always costs.”It’s Seanan McGuire’s insightful narration that raises this story far above the norm. She sees right into the hearts of these characters, illuminating their flaws and foibles as well as their admirable qualities. Read it free online here at Tor.com.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    Every Heart a Doorway ★★★ 1/2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★ 3/4 Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★ In an Absent Dream ★★★★ Come Tumbling Down ★★★ 1/2 Across the Green Grass Fields ★★★ 1/2 Juice Like Wounds ★★★★ This is a short story, a sad one too. It is actually one of the best entries in the series despite the length. I just loved the prose in this one and it reminded me of why I loved this series to start with. If you got 20 mins or so, I encourage you to try this one, it is really good and will enhan Every Heart a Doorway ★★★ 1/2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★ 3/4 Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★ In an Absent Dream ★★★★ Come Tumbling Down ★★★ 1/2 Across the Green Grass Fields ★★★ 1/2 Juice Like Wounds ★★★★ This is a short story, a sad one too. It is actually one of the best entries in the series despite the length. I just loved the prose in this one and it reminded me of why I loved this series to start with. If you got 20 mins or so, I encourage you to try this one, it is really good and will enhance the series! It is available to read online for free, just google it. I hope to get more stories like this in the future!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    The way I had no idea this existed, but you can read it for free HERE! 1.) Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★ 2.) Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★ 3.) Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★ 4.) In an Absent Dream ★★★★★ 5.) Come Tumbling Down ★★★ Blog | Instagram | Youtube | Ko-fi | Spotify | Twitch The way I had no idea this existed, but you can read it for free HERE! 1.) Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★ 2.) Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★ 3.) Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★ 4.) In an Absent Dream ★★★★★ 5.) Come Tumbling Down ★★★ Blog | Instagram | Youtube | Ko-fi | Spotify | Twitch

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    This may be a side story for the Wayward Children series but all by itself, it happens to be one hell of a great story. No one truly needs to keep this out of their lives. Even if they never read the rest of the series, this one should be a must-read. https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... Yes, it's a Sacred Grove story. Yes, it's a story of sacrifice and Fair Value and the righting of old wrongs. And yes, it's a heartwrenching tale. But Seanan makes no bones about it. She warns us up front. This may be a side story for the Wayward Children series but all by itself, it happens to be one hell of a great story. No one truly needs to keep this out of their lives. Even if they never read the rest of the series, this one should be a must-read. https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... Yes, it's a Sacred Grove story. Yes, it's a story of sacrifice and Fair Value and the righting of old wrongs. And yes, it's a heartwrenching tale. But Seanan makes no bones about it. She warns us up front.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    Anyone who has known me for more than 5 minutes knows that I'm a fan of the Wayward Children series. So when I found out about there being a short story, I had to read it. Immediately. And Seanan McGuire did not disappoint. Readers of the series know that book 4 was Lundy's story. Within Lundy's story, there was a side quest from her past hinted at. And it's that side quest between Moon, Lundy and Mockery that we are getting here now. So yeah, despite the storyteller's warning, prepare to have yo Anyone who has known me for more than 5 minutes knows that I'm a fan of the Wayward Children series. So when I found out about there being a short story, I had to read it. Immediately. And Seanan McGuire did not disappoint. Readers of the series know that book 4 was Lundy's story. Within Lundy's story, there was a side quest from her past hinted at. And it's that side quest between Moon, Lundy and Mockery that we are getting here now. So yeah, despite the storyteller's warning, prepare to have your hearts ripped out. The writing is as beautiful as it is cruel, heartwrenching and yet balm for the soul. In short: it is once again a thing of beauty (and it doesn't matter one bit that we already know how it ends). You can read the story for free here: https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peter Tillman

    Portal fantasy and a coming-of-age story, and about as good as they get. Read the publisher's blurb (above) for the background. This one is award-worthy too, in my judgment. You should read it. Masterful storytelling. https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... I'll be reading the companion-book, which is a Hugo nominee. I tried the first Wayward Children years ago and didn't care for it. Clearly she's gotten better at this. Or I'm on her wavelength now... Portal fantasy and a coming-of-age story, and about as good as they get. Read the publisher's blurb (above) for the background. This one is award-worthy too, in my judgment. You should read it. Masterful storytelling. https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... I'll be reading the companion-book, which is a Hugo nominee. I tried the first Wayward Children years ago and didn't care for it. Clearly she's gotten better at this. Or I'm on her wavelength now...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Acqua

    Oh, that hurt. I did wonder who Mockery was during In An Absent Dream, because her story was oddly danced around and never really told, but I also understood that not everything can fit in a novella. And now I understand - this did deserve its own story, its own space as a sidequest. Apart from how much I loved being back with Lundy and Moon, reading about the Goblin Market is such an interesting experience, because one thing I'm sure of is that it would be the wrong world for me (...a world in wh Oh, that hurt. I did wonder who Mockery was during In An Absent Dream, because her story was oddly danced around and never really told, but I also understood that not everything can fit in a novella. And now I understand - this did deserve its own story, its own space as a sidequest. Apart from how much I loved being back with Lundy and Moon, reading about the Goblin Market is such an interesting experience, because one thing I'm sure of is that it would be the wrong world for me (...a world in which people treat each other "fairly" - whose definition of fairness do you even use - because of magically enforced rules? No thank you.) but the characters in the world treat said not fitting in as a moral failing - is it? ...Now I want a whole story about the villain. There's always more to tell! (...Is the pomegranate grove in any way tied to Nancy's world?)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    Stories are weapons, you see. All stories. Some are swords and some are cudgels, but all of them can hurt you, if you allow it. If you give them the space they need to twist and wriggle in your hands, becoming something other than friendly, becoming something other than tame. All stories are weapons, and children’s stories are doubly so, for children have not yet learned how to be careful.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Baker

    Readathon: This is part of a readathon to help me lower my TBR to a reasonable number. I may have to continue this readathon for five years to achieve this goal. Fans of the Wayward Children series will love this short story. You can read it here. Readathon: This is part of a readathon to help me lower my TBR to a reasonable number. I may have to continue this readathon for five years to achieve this goal. Fans of the Wayward Children series will love this short story. You can read it here.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)

    Flash Book Review: That was the sound of Seanan McGuire stabbing me in the heart with the machete she keeps under her bed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Holly (The Grimdragon)

    "Stories are weapons, you see. All stories. Some are swords and some are cudgels, but all of them can hurt you, if you allow it. If you give them the space they need to twist and wriggle in your hands, becoming something other than friendly, becoming something other than tame. All stories are weapons, and children’s stories are doubly so, for children have not yet learned how to be careful." If you're like me, you love a side quest. Juice Like Wounds is Lundy's side quest to her main journey in I "Stories are weapons, you see. All stories. Some are swords and some are cudgels, but all of them can hurt you, if you allow it. If you give them the space they need to twist and wriggle in your hands, becoming something other than friendly, becoming something other than tame. All stories are weapons, and children’s stories are doubly so, for children have not yet learned how to be careful." If you're like me, you love a side quest. Juice Like Wounds is Lundy's side quest to her main journey in In an Absent Dream & what a glorious gut-punch it is! Brutally beautiful, haunting & gorgeously told. Oof.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Manisha

    “And where there are children who know, without a doubt, that the monsters exist, and that there must be a quest in the fullness of time.” A short story, lyrically crafted, that expands on a moment mentioned in In An Absent Dream. We follow the adventures of Moon, Mockery and Lundy as they enter the forest. Three enter, two leave, and this story tells us what happened within those fateful moments. As always, I love McGuire’s writing. Her prose is lovely with a fairy tale flair to it. And even “And where there are children who know, without a doubt, that the monsters exist, and that there must be a quest in the fullness of time.” A short story, lyrically crafted, that expands on a moment mentioned in In An Absent Dream. We follow the adventures of Moon, Mockery and Lundy as they enter the forest. Three enter, two leave, and this story tells us what happened within those fateful moments. As always, I love McGuire’s writing. Her prose is lovely with a fairy tale flair to it. And even though the story is short, I enjoyed it. It perfectly explained a moment in time for Lundy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

    Juice Like Wounds by Seanan McGuire Book 4.5 in the Wayward Children series 5 stars DON'T READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IN AN ABSENT DREAM This short story follows Lundy (the main character from In An Absent Dream), her friends, Moon and Mockery, as they travel into the woods and fight a monster. One of the most haunting aspects of In An Absent Dream was the death Mockery off scene and the impact that it had Lundy. This is their story and we see the brutal fallout of what the Goblin Market does Juice Like Wounds by Seanan McGuire Book 4.5 in the Wayward Children series 5 stars DON'T READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IN AN ABSENT DREAM This short story follows Lundy (the main character from In An Absent Dream), her friends, Moon and Mockery, as they travel into the woods and fight a monster. One of the most haunting aspects of In An Absent Dream was the death Mockery off scene and the impact that it had Lundy. This is their story and we see the brutal fallout of what the Goblin Market does to those who do not trade at fair value. In this world, good children who don't make fair value slowly become birds. In this story, we see what bad children who don't make fair value become. I loved every second of this story from the beginning to the end. The writing was filled with lyrical beauty and haunting sadness. The Goblin Market and these three young children as well as the Archivist have my heart and boy, was I wrecked to tears. Totally, wrecked and devastated even though I know Mockery dies because I have been told this before, but reading and seeing such a sad and innocent death of a heroine who wanted to be a hero and come back alive was heartbreaking. So, yeah, this story will crush you. Go explore it. Whimsical Writing Scale: 5 Character Scale: 5 Plotastic Scale: 5 Cover Thoughts: A simple illustration.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elena Linville

    This is a free short story on Tor website and it's absolutely delightful! It happens during the In and Absent Dream book in the Wayward Children series and tells the story of how Lundy, Moon, and Mockery defeated the Wasp Queen... and the dire consequences of that action. While it certainly can be read as a standalone short story, I would highly recommend that you read the book first. That incident is mentioned in the book, but never expanded upon, even though it has life-changing consequences fo This is a free short story on Tor website and it's absolutely delightful! It happens during the In and Absent Dream book in the Wayward Children series and tells the story of how Lundy, Moon, and Mockery defeated the Wasp Queen... and the dire consequences of that action. While it certainly can be read as a standalone short story, I would highly recommend that you read the book first. That incident is mentioned in the book, but never expanded upon, even though it has life-changing consequences for Lundy. It was nice to finally learn what really happened. And if you read the book first, you will know these girls, you will know how the Market works, so you will be much more invested in their stories (even if you know how that story ends). Either way, this is a beautifully written, if rather bitter sweet story, whether you take it as a standalone or read it as part of the Wayward Children series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Giulia

    "This is the story of three girls who went into the woods together, and the two girls who came out the other side." TW: blood Fam, this one hurt. Wow, I was not expecting it. My heart is heavy, mate. Short, profound and impactful. The attention with which words were chosen and sentences were crafted. I am speechless. Also, this filled in the gap I complained about concerning In an Absent Dream, so I am incredibly happy about it (even if this short story itself was heartbreaking). "Stories are weapo "This is the story of three girls who went into the woods together, and the two girls who came out the other side." TW: blood Fam, this one hurt. Wow, I was not expecting it. My heart is heavy, mate. Short, profound and impactful. The attention with which words were chosen and sentences were crafted. I am speechless. Also, this filled in the gap I complained about concerning In an Absent Dream, so I am incredibly happy about it (even if this short story itself was heartbreaking). "Stories are weapons, you see. All stories. Some are swords and some are cudgels, but all of them can hurt you, if you allow it."

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andria Potter

    Ow my heart. *Sobs* Seanan McGuire you are an evil, evil writer and I shall be pleased to read your grocery list. This stung. (Pun intended for those that read it, they know what this pun is.)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jules ✨

    seanan mcguire can hurt me when she wants and i'd thank her.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    4.5 stars A beautiful yet sad tale about 3 girls, 4 rivers and 1 wood. McGuire at her best!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Drakeryn

    MOCKERY/MOON/LUNDY STORY, THIS IS NOT A DRILL read it here: https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... (and thanks to karen for pointing this out!) MOCKERY/MOON/LUNDY STORY, THIS IS NOT A DRILL read it here: https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-... (and thanks to karen for pointing this out!)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica L. Dwyer

    BIG OUCH. Honestly I'm not sure how it's possible to feel as sad as I did in that short of a time period. I cannot say enough about the beauty and intensity of Seanan's writing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    Oh, this beautiful story is an expansion of events of In an Absent Dream, which is my all-time favorite Wayward Children novel. This is about fair value, the friendships between Lundy, Moon, and Mockery in the Market, and their encounter with a monster who was once a girl in the wilds outside of the Market. Maybe my investment in the larger story is what caused this one to be so poignant, but I really would recommend this if you like the Wayward Children books. I feel like McGuire’s prose gets b Oh, this beautiful story is an expansion of events of In an Absent Dream, which is my all-time favorite Wayward Children novel. This is about fair value, the friendships between Lundy, Moon, and Mockery in the Market, and their encounter with a monster who was once a girl in the wilds outside of the Market. Maybe my investment in the larger story is what caused this one to be so poignant, but I really would recommend this if you like the Wayward Children books. I feel like McGuire’s prose gets better with every word she writes. This can be read here: https://www.tor.com/2020/07/13/juice-...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Telthor

    as bittersweet as tangy pomegranate juice. McGuire's stories in the Wayward series especially are so barbed and clever and quiet and chilling and raise so many thoughts about life and death and fairness and goodness and my heart is broken.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Celia

    I wanted more from the Goblin Market... so I reap this sadness.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    One of the best in the series, and it's only 32 pages! (AND FREE). I adored Lundy's story in In an Absent Dream, so revisiting the Goblin Market again was wonderful, even if the story itself is so, so tragic.

  26. 4 out of 5

    William

    Another beautiful, poetic, meaningful story from Seanan McGuire. This is a short story and, while I think you could read it on it's own, I think that it's best if you have read another of the books in the beautiful Wayward Children series in which children find their way through the cracks in the world to other lands elsewhere. Each story is written like a fairy tale and, while they are fiction - they tell truth. You could start with In an Absent Dream, in which we meet Lundy, the girl in this s Another beautiful, poetic, meaningful story from Seanan McGuire. This is a short story and, while I think you could read it on it's own, I think that it's best if you have read another of the books in the beautiful Wayward Children series in which children find their way through the cracks in the world to other lands elsewhere. Each story is written like a fairy tale and, while they are fiction - they tell truth. You could start with In an Absent Dream, in which we meet Lundy, the girl in this short story, or with Every Heart a Doorway, the first book published. My personal recommendation is to start with Down Among the Sticks and Bones, which is near perfect in my opinion.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tzu-Mainn Chen

    My daughter recently asked me if another book in Seanan McGuire’s “Wayward Children” series was going to come out any time soon. I assumed that the answer is yes, but in these strange times assumptions only make an - well, you know - so I searched for the answer on the internet. And lo and behold, not only did I discover that another book in the series was, indeed, coming out sometime in 2021; I also learned that McGuire had released a free “Wayward Children” short story that filled a gap from t My daughter recently asked me if another book in Seanan McGuire’s “Wayward Children” series was going to come out any time soon. I assumed that the answer is yes, but in these strange times assumptions only make an - well, you know - so I searched for the answer on the internet. And lo and behold, not only did I discover that another book in the series was, indeed, coming out sometime in 2021; I also learned that McGuire had released a free “Wayward Children” short story that filled a gap from the fourth book in the series. “Juice Like Wounds” tells of an adventure featuring a young girl named Lundy in the world of Market, where all transactions are made through barter and fair value must always be given. Like the other stories in the series, it is written in the manner of a fairy tale, meaning there is a lot of warmth and vivid imagery in the descriptions; and a lot of stated truths that are stark and cut like a knife. It is both sweet and bitter, fantastical and cruel; and it is perfect like the best books in the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    I enjoyed the set-up of this story, as well as the description of the world and of the characters. Describing the girls' relationships like flowing rivers that intersected and parting ways is really clever. Without reading the rest of the series, it did feel a bit like I was missing something, especially in the way that the ending fell a little bit flat.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Magen

    This is such a beautiful short story, set in the beautiful, and harrowing, universe of the Wayward Children. I definitely recommend you reading it if you like this series, and bonus, it's available free on Tor.com. This is such a beautiful short story, set in the beautiful, and harrowing, universe of the Wayward Children. I definitely recommend you reading it if you like this series, and bonus, it's available free on Tor.com.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sara Martínez Pérez-Tomé

    Beautifully sad and catastrophical. Seanan mcguire has these pearls of writing, that I just wish i could read more often: “When the three of them came together, they were a flood in waiting, a massive rushing tide that washed away whatever stood in its way” Beautiful, loved it

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