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.

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