Published: January 12, 2021
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…
There is something about the Wayward Children series that I cannot get away from. Whenever I read it, I felt dissatisfied with the story as a whole. But I cannot say that I didn’t enjoy it while reading it.
Like the other books in this series, I can say the same for Across the Green Grass Fields. It was an atmospheric book that takes you to a world where centaurs and horses-like creatures rule the land.
The beginning and the middle of the story were always at a good pace for the world-building and the character development. However, the ending always felt rush or lacking for me. No matter, I still like how it ended. I just felt like the build-up of the story and the ending is not that worth it after that reveal.
It was an enjoyable read all-in-all if you are looking for an escapism type of story. But I would recommend other fantasy books that felt more satisfying in the end than this book, or the series in general.
That is all for this review.
Until next time!