Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #6
Published January 12th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Novella
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A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire’s Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-wining Wayward Children series.
“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”
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…
Welp… That was boring.
In this book we follow Regan, a 7-year-old that fills all the boxes in being a normal girl. She has two best friends until the day things changed and she had to choose sides. One of the friends is a bit different and plays with snakes and so, the other cast her aside. At 11 years old, Regan notices she isn’t like all other girls and starts worrying why. She talks to her parents who fortify all the fears she was having. She is intersex. No matter how supportive the parents are and how much they love her, different is different. And different is bad. That’s when she finds a door that takes her from one world to another. The Hooflands!
I loved the beginning of the story a lot, but for as much as I love unicorns, centaurs and all, this book wasn’t for me. I didn’t feel the pull the first book had. The last two books just didn’t make me immerse into the story.
I really enjoy to see all the family dynamics in each book, and this one was beautiful! I loved the parents and their relationship with Regan. I could feel how much they loved her as only McGuire seems to do. I loved Regan trying to figure out how to be a girl, a friend, and normal. It really showed the kids perspective well.
Plus I loved the intersex description. Not many book touch that topic and it was interesting to know more about it and to see how that made Regan feel.
But the Hooflands? Wasn’t really for me. I was never a kid interested in horses and altought I did like and do like unicorns, they were never a big thing for me. So maybe I’m just not the right audience for this book, but right now, I didn’t really enjoy this book as much as the other ones. The writing is great, the story is good, but it just didn’t touch my heart or entice me to read it. I took far too long to end this, while the others I read in one day, so that already comes to show how much it didn’t interest me…
I will for sure continue with the series, because as I said there’s a lot to love, I just hope it’s a theme that will catch my heart!
Have you read this yet? What do you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!