January 11, 2021

Across the Green Grass Fields

Across the Green Grass Fields

by Seanan McGuire

January 12, 2021
by Tor.com

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Urban fantasy

About Across the Green Grass Fields

From Goodreads: 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…

My thoughts about Across the Green Grass Fields

Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children books are a series of gorgeous vignettes, glimpses of other worlds reached through special doors. Written in lyrical yet spare prose, each novella tells the story of someone who doesn’t fit, who longs for something more.

Across the Green Grass Fields is a standalone entry in the series so you don’t need to have read the previous five novellas to understand it.

It’s also an unabashed love letter to the horse mad. Every imaginable type of mythological equine lives in the world that Regan discovers. From the kindly centaurs who take her in – to the pretty but oh so delicious unicorns they herd to the menacing kelpies and hippogriffs.

Regan is hurting and unhappy when she walks through the portal into the Hooflands. Writing sensitively about characters experiencing identity crises is something that Sean McGuire does beautifully. She’s deft and kind when writing nonbinary/LGBTQ+ characters.

If you enjoyed This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone or Burning Roses by SL Huang, try Across the Green Grass Fields.

Thank you to NetGalley and Tor.com for the DRC.

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