Across the Green Grass Fields

Wayward Children #6

Seanan McGuire

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ young adult
adventurous dark fast-paced

208 pages | first published 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…

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adventurous 95%
emotional 34%
hopeful 29%
reflective 22%
lighthearted 21%
inspiring 18%
mysterious 17%
dark 15%
sad 11%
funny 6%
challenging 5%
relaxing 5%
tense 2%
informative 1%


fast 54%
medium 37%
slow 7%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 59% | A mix: 31% | Plot: 8%

Strong character development?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 5% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 7% | No: 5% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 67% | It's complicated: 25% | N/A: 3% | No: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 36% | No: 32% | It's complicated: 26% | N/A: 4%

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