Ahoy there me mateys! I received a copy of this young adult fantasy novella eArc from NetGalley in exchange for me honest musings. This be the sixth book in the series. While I try to post no spoilers, if ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .
Title: across the green grass fields
Author: Seanan McGuire
Publication Date: TODAY!! (hardback/ebook)
I say this every time I finish one of these novellas but I seriously could read dozens of books set in the various worlds. This be the sixth installment and ye do not have to read any of the others for this one to make sense. I actually highly recommend reading this series in publishing order because I feel that the reader gets the best flow that way.
This one completely floats me boat because it deals with ponies (me first love). Not just ponies but kelpies, centaurs, unicorns, etc. I was absolutely delighted with the world. I was also delighted with the character of Regan and her new found family. The chosen one trope is twisted here. The evil in this book is found both in our world and in the doorway world. The idea of cruelty in children is spot on. Yet there are loving parents in this one. There is love and kindness all over the place. There is also selfishness, conformity, wrong choices made, and manipulation. The major complaint with this book is that it felt like it needed to be longer and more fleshed out especially towards the end. The ending itself left me unsatisfied though it made sense with the rest of the book. Perhaps I just need more of Regan because I loved her so. Arrrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel (with spoilers removed):
“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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Previous Log Entries for this Author
every heart a doorway – book 1 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
down among the sticks and bones – book 2 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
beneath the sugar sky – book 3 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
in an absent dream – book 4 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
come tumbling down – book 5 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
into the drowning deep (On the Horizon – Sci-Fi eArc)
kingdom of needle and bone (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)