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Across the Green Grass Fields Review

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

Regan is a horse-loving young girl who has always been driven to fit in. But when her parents tell her she is intersex and her best friend shuns her, she has nowhere to turn to. That is, until a mysterious door leads her to a land of hooved mythical creatures like centaurs, kelpies, and unicorns.


Queer, fantasy


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…


This is the most recent book in the Wayward Children’s series, and the lightest of all so far. While many of the books in this series are gruesome and dark, this one was a light-hearted adventure, almost reading like a middle-grade fantasy. It may not be what people are expecting, but I like the variety of tones in this series.

This one was adorable and sweet. I loved reading about Regan and the centaur girl Chicory’s friendship. They had such a pure bond.

Like all the others in this series, it’s very short, but it felt more complete than a lot of them. There are no familiar characters this time, but I liked getting to know Regan. As always, it has good representation. This is actually the first book I’ve read with an intersex character.

This is a nice break from some of the dark books I read, and is a fun, light-hearted adventure.

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