Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire



Discount Armageddon

Midnight Blue-Light Special

Half-Off Ragnarok

Pocket Apocalypse

Chaos Choreography

Magic for Nothing

Tricks for Free

That Ain’t Witchcraft

Imaginary Numbers

Calculated Risks (forthcoming)

THE INDEXING SERIES

Indexing

Indexing: Reflections

AS MIRA GRANT

THE NEWSFLESH SERIES

Feed

Deadline

Blackout

Feedback

Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection (short stories)

THE PARASITOLOGY SERIES

Parasite

Symbiont

Chimera

Rolling in the Deep

Into the Drowning Deep

Laughter at the Academy

Final Girls

Kingdom of Needle and Bone

In the Shadow of Spindrift House

AS A. DEBORAH BAKER

Over the Woodward Wall





ABOUT THE AUTHOR





SEANAN McGUIRE is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award–winning Wayward Children series; the October Daye series; the InCryptid series; the delightfully dark Middlegame; and other works. She also writes comics for Marvel and darker fiction as Mira Grant and younger fiction as A. Deborah Baker. McGuire lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls, horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She won the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 became the first person to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot. You can sign up for email updates here.





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CONTENTS


Title Page

Copyright Notice

Dedication


Part I: Ordinary Girls

1. There was a Little Girl

2. The Cost of Being Ordinary

3. Perfection is in the Eye of the Beholder

4. Sometimes we Make Bad Choices


Part II: Hoof and Horn

5. The Door in the Wood

6. Where the Unicorns are

7. Where the Centaurs Go

8. Time and Transformation

9. Off to the Fair with Bangles and Beads


Part III: The Consequences of Being Human

10. Taken

11. The Aftermath of the Unthinkable

12. Time Does as Time Will


Part IV: To Visit the Queen

13. The Road to Ruin

14. Through the Woods

15. It Takes so Long to Reach the Inevitable

16. The Danger of Destiny

Epilogue: Through a Door to Damnation

Also by Seanan Mcguire

About the Author

Copyright





This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.


ACROSS THE GREEN GRASS FIELDS

Copyright © 2020 by Seanan McGuire

All rights reserved.

Cover art by Robert Hunt

Cover design by FORT

Interior illustrations by Rovina Cai

Edited by Lee Harris

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First Edition: 2021