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Across the Green Grass Fields

(Wayward Children #6)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  965 ratings  ·  387 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
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it

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: fantasy, animalia
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.
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
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!!
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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

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
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.
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
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
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
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
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
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Feb 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss


but where's my Kade-centric book okay
the series isn't allowed to end until we get that
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, novellas, fantasy
#1 Every Heart a Doorway: ★★★★☆ | 4 stars
#2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones: ★★★★★ | 5 stars
#3 Beneath the Sugar Sky: ★★☆☆☆ | 2 stars
#4 In an Absent Dream: ★★★★☆ | 4 stars
#5 Come Tumbling Down: ★★☆☆☆ | 2 stars


4 stars!


Across the Green Grass Fields was such a good read! I was a bit hesitant picking this up since some books in the series were big big misses to me, but all of my expectations were met! McGuire's writing continued to be wonderful and they did an amazing job at setting the tone for
Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Previous books in this series:

Every Heart a Doorway (Book 1): 4 / 5
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Book 2): 4.5 / 5
Beneath the Sugar Sky (Book 3): 3 / 5
In an Absent Dream (Book 4): 4 / 5
Come Tumbling Down (Book 5): 2 / 5

☆ 3.5 / 5 ☆

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

I really enjoyed my time in the Hooflands and following this new character’s adventures.

The first part of this book starts off in the real world where we see our
♡ jules ♡
I LOVED THIS, as if I don't love each book with my entire heart!

Full RTC!
Rian *fire and books*
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2021
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.
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

I need MORE of this story. MORE, DAMMIT!

Minus one star because of the short ending and because the villain's was Laurel (dammit, the one time I share a name with a character and she's a baddie).

Full RTC.

I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review
Roxie |The Book Slayer| Voorhees
Yes I was one of those people and rated the book a year before it is released, but I wanted to save my spot for my future review. Besides, I already know I am going to love it!
Holly (The Grimdragon)

Review to come!
Oct 07, 2020 is currently reading it
Just saying... i feel like Tina from Bob’s Burgers would flip her sh*t if she found out that this world existed. 😂
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Thank you to Edelweiss and to Tor/Forge for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher,, in exchange for an honest review.

Over the past few years, I’ve come to love Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series fiercely. And thanks to the wonderful people at, reading the newest installment a bit ahead of its publication date has become something of a Christmas tradition for me. These novellas are all beautifully written and poignant and full of heavy topics handled with a light but respectful touch. Across the G
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
ill never not love these BOOOOOOOKS

i was a mild horsegirl in my youth and i do feel like i had a connection to this mc

i loved what the book says about fitting in and conforming being the number 1 thing you care about. That was definitely me when I was younger. I loved that she found a place where she could never fit in, and found herself even more. (maybe that is why I live abroad????? wow...)

I love what it says about destiny and even tho the ending is heartbreaking, i love it too.

I think there
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Across the Green Grass Fields has that whimsical writing I've come to expect from McGuire. Paired with lyrical turns of phrase, McGuire attaches pieces of wisdom distilled into words. In Across the Green Grass Fields, what struck me almost instantly, is how McGuire is able to describe gender stereotypes and performance. The way we are so quickly thrown out of the social circle when o
Anubha (BooksFullOfLife, LifeFullOfBooks)
I think I am the only one who awaits reading a book about Eleanor!
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
In what I understand to be a soft reboot of the Wayward Children series, Across the Green Grass fields tells us the story of Regan, a girl who struggles with seeing conformity as true acceptance before she finds a doorway asking her to “Be Sure”.

This series has been a noteworthy one in my 2020 reading journey as I went through all five previous novellas this year, and I’m happy to say I enjoyed book six as well. I absolutely loved that not only is our protagonist Regan intersex, but that there
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-edelweiss
This is a beautiful novella that couldn't be timelier. It has much to say about the heroism of being who you are, and of gaining wisdom as to what justice and friendship look like.

Regan is a child who has a tenuous relationship with an abusive best friend, Laurel. When her parents reveal something to her after she feels concerned when her friends are entering puberty, she makes the serious and unguarded mistake of trusting Laurel with the information. Of course, this terrible, bullying, and jud
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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

Other books in the series

Wayward Children (7 books)
  • Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)
  • In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)
  • Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5)
  • Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children, #7)

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