Series: The Up-and-Under #3
Author: A. Deborah Baker (Aka Seanan McGuire)
Released: October 25, 2022
Eee! I am SO excited about the latest installment of The Up-and-Under series. The series is a spin-off from the world of Middlegame. As such, it is written by one of Seanan McGuire’s pseudonyms, A. Deborah Baker. Adorably, the latest novella is titled Into the Windwracked Wilds.
Avery and Zib have been following the improbable road for quite some time. More accurately, they’ve followed, lost, and found it again. They hope to follow this road long enough to find their way back home – with the help of their new friends, of course.
Their path has taken them into the land of the Queen of Swords, one of the last places they want to be right now. But perhaps with the help (or is it a hindrance?) of Jack Daw, they may find a way out and continue on their path. Or perhaps not.
She’s done it again. Into the Windwracked Wilds is every bit the story readers could have hoped for – and then some. This tale is enthralling, and while it feels like we’re lost in the moment, it also reads as a children’s tale. At least, the twisted sort of tale we’d see in Middlegame. In other words, it’s perfect!
I have loved this series from the first installment, but honestly? I think Into the Windwracked Wilds is my new favorite. It’s the perfect balance of many of my favorite elements with a heavy dose of that Seanan McGuire magic.
As always, the children of this tale are so different and, at times, conflicted. They are struggling to get home, and yet they miss their home for very different reasons. Avery and Zib are still very much opposites; now and then, an event will remind us of this fact.
The other children of this tale are still a delight, and I feel like we got to know them a bit more throughout Into the Windwracked Wilds. The introduction of Jack Daw was a nice touch. I run the risk of having him become my favorite character.
Into the Windwracked Wilds is a fascinating continuation, once again playing with common themes and tropes of childhood stories; consequences, adventures, friendships, and more. It makes for another delightful addition to the series. So, get reading!