SFF

Across the Green Grass Fields

Tor.com. (Wayward Children, Bk. 6). Jan. 2021. 176p. ISBN 9781250213594. $19.99. FANTASY
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even-year-old Regan Lewis loves her parents, her best friends, and especially horses. Nearly four years later, Regan really does not feel the same as the other girls at school. This is because Regan is intersex. When she shares that secret with her best friend, she finds out the cruelty that comes from societal expectations. Regan runs away to the woods, where she discovers a door to the Hooflands, where centaurs, kelpies, and unicorns reside. Humans are to be turned over to the queen, and the human will become the hero the Hooflands need, but her new centaur family decide to stretch that time as long as possible. Except prophecies exist for a reason, and even if Regan does not believe in destiny, it may still call upon her. McGuire’s inclusive characters are always presented fully formed and without cliché, and her critical takes on femininity in society are balanced with the beauty of the love of biological and found family.
VERDICT The sixth “Wayward Children” title (after Come Tumbling Down) is a gorgeous standalone. The prose is emotional and moving and will speak to the hearts and minds of readers.

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