E-ARC, 176 Pages
Novella/ YA/ Fantasy
By: Seanan McGuire
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”
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
I think I am a fan of this series because they are such easy reads. There is something great about them and although I have not given any of the books 5 stars so far, I think they are well written and well continue reading the novellas in this series. Across the Green Grass Field is the latest addition to the series and it is a standalone, it is not related to the other stories, it has totally new characters and I think I prefer if the author continue doing that, I will read as many standalones as the author produce in this world.
This time we follow the story of Regan, I should mention that the beginning of all of these books are my favorite part in the book, there is such a magic to how McGuire starts a story. It always starts with young kids and parents and I like to explore the dynamics that we are presented. We are first introduced to Regan as a 7 year old girl and I loved how she tells us about the kids world and problems and how adults often seem to not see things as they are. Regan has 2 friends and everything is good until one of her friends is a bit different (because she likes to play with snakes) and she is thrown out from their social circle. When Regan is 11 years old she notices that she is different too and she decides to talk to her parents who are so wholesome and supportive and they do reveal that she is an intersex. Of course that is confusing for her and not fair but her parents keep reminding her how she is perfect just the way she is. Regan then finds the door which taker her to the Hooflands, a world full of all kind of equine creatures; from unicorns, to Centaurs and more! The hooflands creatures know that having a human is a precursor for something happen to big and that is the rest of the story.
“If your friends would stop wanting you around because you’re not exactly like them, they’re not very good friends,”
I like how McGuire always care about representations and throughout this series we have all kinds of reps so far, from fat rep to Ace rep, Gay reps and even a hijabi rep!! This book has an intersex as the main character and I am not sure if I ever read other books with this rep, I felt there was a focus on this at the beginning but not much after that. At the same time, I think that is kind of the point, being intersex should not define Regan and she should just be herself and live life as it is. There were indirect hints and metaphors to this throughout this story and I think I prefer that it was done this way. I just wanted more from the ending because I actually cared about what happened next and that’s why I was bummed by the open-ending (kind of).
The writing is good and descriptive as usual, the book was very easy to read and fly through. I read the whole thing in ~2 hours. I grabbed it to check it out and I was at 50% before I realized that. The world is a world full of equine creatures and terminology so if you like horses then this is definitely a must-read. I found the tone and world to be less grim than the previous stories and it is not a bad thing.
“There’s nothing wrong with being limited, as long as you have people around to make sure those limitations don’t get you hurt.”
Summary: I enjoyed reading Across the Green Grass Fields because it was addicting and simple yet have important reps and messages. The writing is good, the characters are fun to read and the plot is not bad (I wanted a but more toward the ending though). Still recommend for fans of horses and fans of the series!