Under the Smokestrewn Sky (The Up-and-Under #4)
Under the Smokestrewn Sky is the series finale of the 4-book Up-and-Under series, written by bestselling author Seanan McGuire under the open pseudonym A. Deborah Baker.
Since stumbling from their world into the Up and Under, Avery and Zib have walked the improbable road across forests, seas and skies, finding friends in the unlikeliest of places and enemies great in number, as they make their way toward the Impossible City in the hope of finding their way home.
But the final part of their journey is filled with danger and demise. Not everyone will make it through unscathed. Not everyone will make it through alive.
The final part of the enchanting Up-and-Under quartet reminds us of the value of friendship and the price one sometimes pays for straying from the path. No-one’s safety can be guaranteed under the smokestrewn sky.
Praise for Under the Smokestrewn Sky (The Up-and-Under #4)
“McGuire’s hand with portal fantasies is extraordinary, and [Under the Smokestrewn Sky] is no exception. It is not only an excellent story on its own, but it does a much better job at ending than L. Frank Baum ever managed.” —Booklist
“In this enchanting third installment...the story remains fascinating and provocative. It’s a worthy series addition.” —Publishers Weekly, on Into the Windwracked Wilds
“With nods to The Wizard of Oz and Through the Looking Glass, readers of portal fantasy and McGuire’s Wayward Children series will love this unsettling and imaginative adventure.” —Buzzfeed on Over the Woodward Wall
“An experimental companion to McGuire’s intricate novel Middlegame, Over the Woodward Wall first came to life as a middle grade story that serves as a pop culture touchstone for the characters in that adult novel. It’s also a story by a master in its own right.” —Den of Geek
“Has an uncanny knack for taking the worst things that lurk in the shadows and weaving them into an absolute delight.” —Becky Chambers on Middlegame
“A mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy—a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics.” —NPR on Every Heart a Doorway
“One of the smartest writers around.” —Charlaine Harris on Every Heart a Doorway