Across the Green Grass Fields

Across the Green Grass Fields

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"Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late. When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to "Be Sure" before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines-a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes. But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem... A standalone Wayward Children story containing all-new characters, and a great jumping-on point for new readers."--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Tor.com,, 2021.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250213594
Characteristics: 174 pages ;,22 cm.

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DPL_Graham Apr 14, 2021

Across the Green Grass Fields is a stand alone gateway (you go through a door or cupboard or an entryway to leave the normal word behind) fantasy novella in Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series. This was my first read by McGuire. When Regan is ostracized by her "best friend" she runs away from school and finds an doorway into "Hoofland." Here centaurs herd unicorns and Regan is quickly taken in by the herd. Humans are supposed to change the course of history when they arrive - does Regan have it in herself? McGuire does a good job of world building but with the short length of this book everything wraps up just a little too neatly in a classic fairy tale style and left me wondering if any of it was true. Still, I enjoyed the romp around the fantastical world beyond the magic door and much of it left me with a smile on my face. Classified as Adult Fiction but could be read by middle school and up.

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tweller83
Apr 10, 2021

I picked this up because I do love this series. These books can be read in a few hours and always have some sort of interesting things to say about being human. This one isn't a full 5 stars for me because of the "secret" that the parents told the Regan about, she told her "best friend" who betrayed her and then nothing else was ever said about it. That was extremely disappointing. I wanted much, much more exploration of that idea. But the world was interesting and the characters were good and I will continue in the series.

These books give me such intense nostalgia for being a child. And they're so cool, because they're definitely written for older readers, at least in my mind, and the fact that Seanan has struck such a perfect blend of childhood and adulthood in her writing to make these accessible yet beautiful and heart-wrenching is one of my favourite parts of the series as a whole. This one is a standalone, which I didn't know going in, but which made it even more engrossing for me.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Apr 07, 2021

I am not a "horse person" but I still loved this story and I imagine anyone who was a horse person would absolutely love this book too. A wonderful addition to the Wayward Children series that just makes me want even more. I don't think I will ever get tired of this series.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Mar 05, 2021

Another excellent book in this series! As a standalone, it's not required to read any of the other books before this one. I hope we get more to this story, I'm always looking forward to more books from this series.

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RebelBelle13
Mar 04, 2021

Another great installment of the Wayward Children series. This one feels incredibly lighter and brighter than the past few. We follow an eleven year old girl named Regan who finds herself in the Hooflands, a world populated by centaurs, kelpies, satyrs, and other horse-like creatures. As per usual, the novel paints a fantastical portal world and engages the reader, but it's all too short. The author focuses mainly on the unicorns and centaurs, and hardly touches on the other races at all. The world-building we see is just enough to give us an idea of the Hooflands, but I would have loved to have seen more of it. Give me a map. Have Regan's travels near the end of the book last another hundred pages. Take us to other corners of the world and introduce the reader to other societies of creatures like the kelpies or minotaurs.
Also as usual, McGuire has some good representation in here (Regan is intersex). It is handled appropriately and makes sense within the story. All in all, it was a wonderful addition to the series, but it just simply left me wanting MORE.

LCPL_Krystyna Feb 22, 2021

This is one of my favorite series. I fell in love with the concept, the writing, and the worlds. While this one presented some important issues and discussions, I just didn't love it as much as the others. I found myself a bit bored throughout this story.

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miraellie
Feb 04, 2021

Across the Green Grass Fields is the sixth installment of McGuire's Wayward Children series, touted as being a jumping off point for readers new to the series. I think perhaps this is why I felt so underwhelmed by it in the end -- the novel follows the same basic set up as many of the others, where a child has a difficult time at home, then comes across a door and enters another world that seems perfect for them, only to wind up being sent back to their original world. As someone who has read the entire series, it just felt like taking a step back in how the stories have progressed from the first novel which introduced us to that set up.

Usually I find McGuire's imagination and creativity enviable, but here it fell flat for me. Maybe it's because I never went through a horse phase as a kid -- I think the closest I came was watching The Saddle Club on TV and maybe reading a few of the books -- but McGuire's worldbuilding was thin here. Regan spends most of her time hidden away by her centaur family, which is full of characters that are likable, but that causes the world to feel small. There's a bit of worldbuilding at the end but it's rushed, as is the third act of the novel. Regan doesn't get to explore the Hooflands, so it doesn't feel lived in.

I do however like that there was representation of intersex people in this novel. This is still one of my favorite series and I'll read whatever McGuire writes for it. Across the Green Grass Fields just isn't my favorite of the series, unfortunately.

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She was a human who preferred the company of horses, or at least creatures who looked like horses. She was a hero, or she was going to be, and she never wanted to go home, even though she knew her parents had to miss her. She chose this world, where she could never be normal, over the world she had been made for.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Apr 07, 2021

“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”

LCPL_Krystyna Feb 22, 2021

“Such is the dichotomy of forests. Even the smallest remembers what it was to cover nations, and the shadows they contain will whisper the knowledge to anyone who listens.”

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