• Across the Green Grass Fields

  • Wayward Children
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Anne Marie Carlson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (292 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire's Across the Green Grass Fields, a stand-alone 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....

A stand-alone Wayward Children story containing all-new characters, and a great jumping-on point for new listeners. 

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor.com

©2021 Seanan McGuire (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Another Wayward Child finds her door

Regan is a young girl who has just learned several disturbing things, about herself, and about the untrustworthiness of "friends" who are very, very invested in "normality" and conventionality. She runs away, from school intentionally, and from home accidentally, when she stumbles upon, and then through, a doorway in the woods near her home. The door, of course, should not be there. Neither should the much bigger wood, and wide green fields, that she finds on the other side.

The unicorn she sees is beautiful, but of course impossible, and the centaur pursuing the unicorn even more so.

The centaur's name is Pansy, and she is absolutely thrilled to meet Regan. Humans are considered magical, and heroic, figures who will bring great change. Regan will have to go see the Sunlit Queen--but not right away. Pansy, and the rest of her herd, see no reason to hurry; Regan is a child, just ten years old. None of the centaur adults say so directly, but they all make sure she has the chance to grow up.

In the course of giving her that chance, she becomes part of their herd, their family, and they all encounter new dangers, and adventures they didn't want. It bonds them together even more strongly--but the day comes when Regan realizes she has to face the task that brought her to the Hooflands.

It's a world where magical creatures, or magical in our world, exist everywhere. Unicorns and centaurs, kelpies, fauns, and minotaurs, and others. And at the heart of the Hooflands, there's a secret that Regan has to penetrate.

It has to be said that unlike the parents of some of the other Wayward Children, Regan's parents really were doing their best, not trying to remake her into something she wasn't. Regan's "problem" is mostly her "best friend," and her extreme ideas about what's normal. Yet in the Hooflands, what makes Regan different may also help her, in at least a small way, to face the task ahead of her. The experiences it gave her may help even more.

This is set in the universe of the Wayward Children, but Regan doesn't encounter the Home for Wayward Children.

I found this a really satisfying, enjoyable story.

I bought this audiobook.

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I really loved this series but this book felt very short. I liked the topic but it seemed to be lacking I guess... The other books were very magical for me so this was disappointing. I don't mean anything negative just that I hope the next book tells more about this character? The story feels unfinished. love this series and I can't wait for the next!

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Weird series

This series is so odd- and I love it.
This is my favourite story out of this world.

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wonderful

I think this is my favorite in the series so far. the author understands fantasy and children perfectly

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owie my feels

this book is terrific I love it
it hit me in the feels and I'm kinda sad now but that ok it's great

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Hearts for Horsegirls

I loved this story. I'm not sure I can do justice to how much.

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Great as Always!

Loved it!!! These books are just amazing!! I loved that there was an intersex character and it was very well done.

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Great stories

These stories are so great! I love how different they are and yet so similar in characterization. Great questions of acceptance, change, destiny, etc. big questions even adults struggle to consider.

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A great stand alone book!

Across the Green Grass Fields
Wayward Children
By: Seanan McGuire

This was a stand alone book. It has a gal named Rogan that is a little different, slower to get her puberty. She ends up making the mistake of telling her "friend" who freaks out. Rogan leaves school early and runs, she's finds a door that takes her to a world where she is again different but in a good way.

This world has unicorns, venture, gains, kelpies, and more. A human is heralded as something great. She is to go see the Queen. But the Queen wants her dead or alive. Rogan is thought to be someone who will be a hero.

The characters are amazing! The world building is awesome! This book is truly spectacular! Who wouldn't want to live with centaurs and have a herd of unicorns? Great ending too!

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disappointed

It was ok, where is the rest, how does it tie into the series. didn't care for the narrator

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  • Emily
  • 09-11-21

Not As Good

2021 52 Book Challenge - 51) Published in 2021

I will start by saying that I absolutely adore this series. Everybody I talk to that likes reading gets a discussion about this series.

I was not a fan of this book. All the rest of the series makes you feel something for the characters, be it Nancy's fears or Jack's determination or Lundy's intelligence, but Regan just feels flat as a character. First of all, you learn that Regan is friends with the queen bee of the school and then Regan is rocked by some news which she immediately confides in her friend. Honestly, I was pretty dumb as a pre-teen, but even I at that age would have known that was a mistake. Then she ends up in the Hooflands where she's told that she has a destiny to fulfill but then... everything just kind of stops? And it becomes this weird slow paced meander through the world and then theres a time skip which kinda ruins the "let's watch Regan grow up and learn acceptance of yourself and each other and that normalcy is a myth" vibe that the beginning of the book had.

The start of the ending kinda took me by surprise because it kinda comes out of nowhere? Obviously the book has to end, but it just felt abrupt and then Regan goes off on her own (maybe I missed that part of the audiobook? I still don't know why she went alone) and on the way to the queen she discovers that the hooflands is actually kind of xenophobic (and I will admit, I did really like the discourse that explained the difference between xenophobia and racism because they are not the same thing) and she has this epiphany that would have been great if it hadn't been obvious basically from the moment Regan met the centaurs.

I also need some understanding about Regan and her parents. She literally has some of the most accepting and loving parents shown in this series and Regan professes to love them very much and she goes to this new world and she's like "I kinda miss them because I love them" and then its five years later and she's like "parents what are parents". I just don't understand.

But also that ending. What. Was. That?!? I get that Regan is probably going to turn up in the next book (which is looking more and more like a Cora book) and Cora's disillusionment will put her in the - want to forget their worlds - sister school where presumably she'll meet Regan and that will explain the ending of this book and the fallout of what happened. After the slow meandering plot of the entire book, I'm not entirely sure why the last part had to be so rushed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-29-21

Brilliant

excellent on all levels as per, though it is not yet clear how or if this book relates to the others in the series.

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  • J. LoVecchio
  • 01-13-21

fantastic

this series is one if my favourite things. I'm so glad there is more the worlds are so alive and real

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  • Samantha
  • 04-30-21

Excellent, as always

I had read that this wasn't as good as other books in the series, and I suppose that is owing to its disconnection to previously seen characters in said series. However, Seanan McGuire seems to have a keen sense of how to avoid - if you'll excuse my on-the-nose expression - beating a dead horse. Not that the aforementioned characters have yet been overused, and that's my point. This story was a beautifully told tale of the much maligned Weird Horse Girl from school, intertwined with the very real story of growing up fundamentally different to your peers, set against the fantastical backdrop of an imagined world perfect for its main character to grow as themselves and learn the lessons they needed to learn before returning to the "real world".

I loved it, as I have loved all the previous instalments of the Wayward Children series. All new characters is this world are welcome.