Another delightful, empowering installment in Seanan McGuire’s incredible series ... I loved reuniting with Cora and learning more about her backstory. But seeing how Whitethorn fleshed out and opened up the world where Eleanor West made her temporary home and sanctuary for children added a whole new layer to the book ... A hard-fought, emotionally resonant and inspiring celebration of the heroes in us all, Where the Drowned Girls Go is another terrific addition to one of the most magical, eye-opening series in the fantasy world today. I cannot wait to see where McGuire takes us next.
Outstanding ... Darker than the previous novellas ... McGuire’s sense of whimsy never falters. She delivers a plot dense enough for a full-length novel in her signature lyrical prose, exploring the effect of cruel, oppressive systems on children’s psyches, while keeping the series’ fairy tale tone intact. The result will captivate both longtime Wayward Children fans and new readers.
McGuire’s themes...won’t surprise readers of this series and her other works, but her usual arguments remain sound, and she tells a good story. There are also some deeply chilling moments in the experiences of the other students ... A journey into familiar territory with a skilled guide; but here’s hoping that future trips head into the unknown.