Release-Day Review: Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #6)

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire // VBC Review

Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6)
Seanan McGuire
Published: Jan. 12, 2020 (Tor)
Purchase at: Amazon or Bookshop
Review Source: Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference previous events in the series. If you haven’t yet started, check out VBC’s review of Every Heart a Doorway.

Reagan has grown up always believing she knows what a young girl’s destiny should be. She’s tried very hard to navigate her life to stay within these parameters because she knows what happens to little girls who stray: they become outcasts.

When Reagan learns something about herself that changes her perspective on her potential destiny, she’s thrown, but as happens in such cases, a door appears, and Reagan walks through.

She finds herself in the Hooflands. Taken in by a heard of centaurs, Reagan’s presence (as it is when any human shows up in the Hooflands) portends a great change to the world. A change that will force Reagan to become a hero because that is the way.

Again faced with a destiny laid out for her, Reagan isn’t so quick to want to follow the rules this time.

I always look forward to heading back into this series. Across the Green Grass Fields feels like the most contained story of the series thus far. It’s so separated Eleanor West’s and any other characters from previous books that it would be a very easy read to pick up for anyone to enjoy.

The book is heavily commentating on destiny. On those constructs put in place by whomever that dictate how we’re supposed to live. I love how seamlessly Seanan McGuire makes these commentaries as this whole series has always dealt with such things on such a deep yet straight-forward level. 

I can think of no other land more fitting for Reagan than the Hooflands. In particular the fact that she’s taken in by the centaurs, creatures whose very nature is that of duality: half human, half horse. Reagan find herself struggling a bit with this idea about herself as well, and it causes her to question who she knows herself to be at her very core.

I loved seeing her learn that she is who she wants to be, she defines herself and that she deserves love no matter. I loved seeing her gain her strength, however I wish we got a little more at in the end in the way of “what happens next” for Reagan since she is now confident in her own path, but I guess that’s all the closure we need. She’s on her way where she’s supposed to go.

 Sexual Content: None

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