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 : Tor, 2021.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250213594
1250213592
Characteristics: 174 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.

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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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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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