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Across the Green Grass Fields

(Wayward Children #6)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  7,099 ratings  ·  1,690 reviews
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 bec
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Tordotcom
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Every time I tell myself I won't read the next book in this series.
Every time I end up picking it up anyway.

Honestly its' probably because the writing, themes and representation (intersex main character this time!) are awesome. I just don't think I'm the right audience (except book 4, I loved book 4!).

Unicorns, horses and centaurs fans and middle grade readers (not sure if it's officially how it's categorized but it read like one to me!) will love it!

ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss

1.) Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★
2.) Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★
3.) Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★
4.) In an Absent Dream ★★★★★
5.) Come Tumbling Down ★★★

"She knew better now. The world was bigger now. She was bigger now, and that made all the difference."

In this story, we get to grow up alongside Regan Lewis! We are introduced to Regan at seven years old, where she is quickly already learning the expectations that society p
Emily May
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2021, arc
After giving this some thought, I think I was only rating this book 3 stars because I had loved the early books in this series and was reluctant to believe I'm just not enjoying them anymore. Truth is, the last two have been really disappointing.

Across the Green Grass Fields was actually quite boring for me. Unlike with the characters in the earlier books, I never felt any strong emotional ties to anyone, and I found the fantasy story here-- centaurs, unicorns etc. -- dry and uninteresting. I di
Lala BooksandLala
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: most-anticipated
This was my least favourite in the series thus far, but I'm still super interested in the possibility of seeing Regan return in future instalments because I have some theories! Thanks to TOR for providing me with an early copy :) ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
It will surprise absolutely no one when I say that I loved this book with my entire heart. Seanan McGuire has such a gift when it comes to getting you to feel so attached and connected to characters in less than 200 pages and this book was no exception. I've said this a hundred times before but it is worth repeating: if you haven't read anything from the Wayward Children series yet, you ABSOLUTELY need to. I love this series so, so much and I hope that it never ends. My heart is so heavy but so ...more

3 1/2 rounded up.

i still love this series, but if i’m being honest, the last two have been, in my heart, more “very good friends” to me than “soulmates.” it’s not down to me losing interest in this concept or (heaven forbid) any diminishment in mcguire’s skills, because Juice Like Wounds, a short story i read weeks after this one, is both a perfect short story and my absolute favorite wayward children piece yet.

i still haven’t managed to review book 5, Come Tumbling Down, becau
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animalia, fantasy
3.5 stars. Full review, first posted on

Centaurs, unicorns, kelpies, fauns, perytons … Teenage Me would’ve loved this book. I was the type of girl who rode horses whenever the occasion offered and used my artistic talents to draw them, all the time, to the point where horses are still the only animal I can reliably draw well without needing to look at a picture. So I came to Across the Green Grass Fields predisposed to like it.

Ten-year-old Regan adores horses and rides them
Amy Imogene Reads
Feb 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
yes yes YES!

my heart will break the day we stop receiving installments in this series.
Feb 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
Did I want a Kade prequel book more than anything else? Yes. But will I read anything Seanan McGuire puts out until the end of time. HELL YES.

The wait for January 2021 is going to be torture!!
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★
#2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★
#3 Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★★
#4 In An Absent Dream ★★★★★
#5 Come Tumbling Down ★★★★★
#6 Across the Green Grass Fields ★★★★★

I say this all the time, but... I really don't know what I ever did to deserve the existence of this series. I'm in tears just writing this little snippet. This series means so damn much to me, words can never even describe.

This was honestly everything I wanted it to be. At first, I thought this was my new
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”

Every Heart a Doorway ★★★ 1/2
Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★ 3/4
Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★
In an Absent Dream ★★★★
Come Tumbling Down ★★★ 1/2
Across the Green Grass Fields ★★★ 1/2

I think I am a fan of this series because they are such easy reads. There is something great about them and although I have not given any of the boo
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars-2020
I will never not be amazed at Seanan McGuire’s ability to put years of a life into a 150 page book and not make it feel rushed at all. From worldbuilding to character depth to meaningful conversations, Across the Green Grass Fields is just as adventurous and fun as the rest of the books.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-releases, 2020
1.) Every Heart A Doorway ★★★★
2.) Down Among The Sticks and Bones ★★★★.5
3.) Beneath The Sugar Sky ★★★★.5
4.) In An Absent Dream ★★★.5
5.) Come Tumbling Down ★★★★
6.) Across the Green Grass Fields ★★★★


"She still didn’t believe in destiny. Clay shaped into a cup was not always destined to become a drinking vessel’ it was simply shaped by someone too large to be resisted. She was not clay, but she had been shaped by her circumstances all the same, not
amy ☂︎
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-rep, 2021
she really said "i would rather live in a world where everyone is a horse if it means they don’t judge me for my human body" and that is very wise i think ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-shelf, fantasy, ya
While this isn't my favorite book in the Wayward Children series, built upon misfits who escape into the worlds that are *just right* for them, I definitely have no issues with either the characters or the realm.

I mean, who doesn't want to slap a unicorn that tries to eat my mattress? Plus, they're great EATIN'.

The great opening to the book sits us firmly in the middle path where we deal with everyday bullying that really comes from those who should have been our best friends. Being socially aw
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has become a tradition for me to read the newest volume of this series in January of any given year and I'm hoping it will remain that way for a long time to come, because this series is AWESOME!

This 6th volume features an as-yet unknown 10-year-old girl called Regan that eventually has difficulty in school thanks to children (especially girls) being incredibly cruel. Regan is a person who tries almost militantly to be mundane in order to fit in. Eventually, that no longer works.
So she runs.
Feb 12, 2020 is currently reading it
Shelves: 2021
I grabbed the digital release in pre-order :) I am really looking forward to reading and savouring this! I am not a horse girl and never have been, but I am looking forward to Seanan’s prose and another Wayward Children quest. Review to follow once I finish, and my goal for this year is to grab an ARC of the next book so I will probably end up re-reading and reviewing the other books in the series as well.

Is this a new character? I don't remember her.
I'm always happy to find
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Across the Green Grass Fields is another fun book in the Wayward Children series. It's a stand-alone novel and I missed revisiting some of the characters from previous books. This time we visit a new world, the Hooflands. While the story is cute and somewhat engrossing, I didn't feel like the story lived up to its potential. I never truly felt "there" and I didn't care all that much about Regan, the MC.

Maybe I'm just losing interest in this series, or maybe it's time it comes to an end. Or may
Claude's Bookzone
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3.5 Stars rounded up to 4

Well, I feel like this wasn't quite as engaging as the other books but I have yet to pinpoint exactly why. The Quest felt a little bit forced, a little non-eventful and even a little bit rushed. This, more than any of the other books, felt like I was reading an extended nursery rhyme. However, I did love Regan by the end of the novel and I am utterly fascinated with where Seanan is taking this se
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
Across the Green Grass Fields is another fantastic installment in the Wayward Children series, and a good entry point if you haven't tried the books before! This one is the backstory of Regan, a young girl who opens a door to another world- the Hooflands, populated by centaurs, unicorns, and other hooved animals. It's incredibly well-paced with a story arc that addresses difference and acceptance (as do many of McGuire's books).

Regan ends up in the Hooflands after finding out she was born inters
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a Young Adult Fantasy, and this is the 6st book in the Wayward Children series. This book is said to be a standalone, so you do not have to read then other 5 books in the series before reading this book. I have read all five other books in this series before reading this book. This book I was really looking forward to because I loved the other books in this series. I found this book fall short of the other books. I really hated the ending. I also saw the big twist way before it was revea ...more
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook-owned
This book pretty much had me in the bag as soon as we found out the magical world is called "the Hooflands." Unicorns? Yes. Centaurs? Yes gawd. This really is a fantasy for the inner horse girl in my heart, plus we get intersex rep to boot. I think this will be a crowd pleaser for all those who love this series, and I personally was jazzed to see the pacing set just right, which has been my main issue with the previous books. ...more
3ish stars.

My least favorite entry in the series so far. I didn’t connect with the rando protagonist (although I loved her centaur family), and overall I thought the writing and the plot were pretty mediocre. Still, it’s a Wayward Children book and it has merit as such. And I liked the reveal at the end.
Elle (ellexamines)
This is the first book I have finished all semester not for class, and while it was certainly very readable, I feel as if this tread some of the same ground earlier novellas trod (and better). This was missing both a sense of originality, and the characters I loved so much from earlier novellas.

But I mean, Seanan McGuire really can write, and it's 160 pages, so I had fun anyway.

Review to come
rachel ☾
#1) Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★
#2) Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★
#3) Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★★
#4) In an Absent Dream ★★★☆☆
#5) Come Tumbling Down ★★★½☆

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: Regan (mc) is intersex.

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Julie Zantopoulos
This is the first of the Wayward Children series that I am not giving a five stars to. It's not that I didn't appreciate the themes being discussed, but the book felt rushed, and lacking compared to the rest of the books. I appreciate the diversity, as always, but I didn't connect with the characters the way I usually do. I have my favorite storylines and characters and it was okay that this didn't follow a known student (I knew it wouldn't) but I don't really care for equine themes and I found ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Across the Green Grass Fields is the sixth book in the Wayward Children's series, which follows various children as they travel to or from a magical land via a door or some kind of entrance way. The worlds the children go to are never idyllic (in fact some are down right terrifying), never without their own troubles - yet they are the perfect place for the chosen child.

This installment is a great entrance point to new readers of the series as we follow Regan into the Hooflands, a world filled w
Jenny (Reading Envy)
After a friend betrays her at school, Regan runs to the woods and finds a door leading to the Hooflands. For every girl who was ever into horses....

You don't have to have read the previous Wayward Children books first, but let's talk about this series a little. I must admit that when I first started it, I thought it would be more like a school-based story like Harry Potter or The Magicians. Instead, most volumes are stories about a child or two in their specific world. They do not return to the
Rian *fire and books*
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, lgbtqia, arc
January 2021. Yup. Still fucking love this story. Won’t lie, I wish Laurel stubs a toe daily for the rest of her miserable life. Little twat.

June 2020.
I thought I loved Lundy‘a story. I thought I loved Jack and Jill‘s story.

I love Regan’s most. What a fickle heart I have. To fall for Regan and the Hooflands. What an absolute blessing.

**attempts at writing a “proper” review will commence when I wake up because 5:30 am is no time to assemble my thoughts into coherence.
Holly (The GrimDragon)

Review to come!
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Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and

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  • In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)
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