Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

December 21, 2018

The second instalment in the Wayward Children series follow Jack and Jill’s dark adventure behind the door that led them to another world. Vampires, werewolves and mad scientists roam the moors here and the girls must decide where they belong.

After reading Every Heart a Doorway (last year I think) I wasn’t really on board with the hype. It was a nice enough book but really short and didn’t explain much about anything. Children were left at a boarding school and bam, family and common life surroundings were out the window. It seemed quirky and lacking of a strong foundation.

THEN I was encouraged to continue the series by a few friends in the book community and boy am I happy I followed their advice. The background stories we get from Down Among the Sticks and Bones and onward, really fill in the blanks and add depth to the characters. Picture Every Heart a Doorway as Lord of the Rings and the following books The Hobbit – now it makes sense right?

As for the story itself, it’s filled with a dark atmosphere and decent descriptions, which makes it easy to picture the cold and harsh moors. The writing is simple in the best way and this time, although it’s also short, the book covered the essentials of what we needed to know about Jack and Jill’s adventure. I would have liked it to be a bit longer to get a better portrait of their everyday life in the obscure world, but I’m pretty satisfied with the info we got.

It’s a dark and eventful tale that goes from parents wanting children for the glory of it to twin girls coming of age in a harsh world far from ours. Now I’m definitely going to continue the Wayward Children series and see who’s adventure we follow next. If you haven’t read Every Heart a Doorway yet, I suggest you either read it first or check out my review of the book in the link below – and then jump straight to Down Among the Sticks and Bones.

Page count: 187
Goodreads rating: 4,1/5