by Garth Nix
Published on October 13th 2015
by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
On her eighteenth birthday, Lady Truthful, nicknamed “Newt,” will inherit her family’s treasure: the Newington Emerald. A dazzling heart-shaped gem, the Emerald also bestows its wearer with magical powers.
When the Emerald disappears one stormy night, Newt sets off to recover it. Her plan entails dressing up as a man, mustache included, as no well-bred young lady should be seen out and about on her own. While in disguise, Newt encounters the handsome but shrewd Major Harnett, who volunteers to help find the missing Emerald under the assumption that she is a man. Once she and her unsuspecting ally are caught up in a dangerous adventure that includes an evil sorceress, Newt realizes that something else is afoot: the beating of her heart.
In Newt’s Emerald, the bestselling author of Sabriel, Garth Nix, takes a waggish approach to the forever popular Regency romance and presents a charmed world where everyone has something to hide.
I love the stories by Jane Austen and other regency stories, even if I haven’t personally read the books. Newt’s Emerald has awakened in me something that pushes me now to real all those, but unfortunately they don’t have the great fantasy aspect this one had! On one side you have all these rules and gender roles expected of both men and the women, like how women must be presented to society, men do the work, and so on. And on the other side you have this amazing presentation of magic as something normal in this world where people can create disguises, control the weather, and even have “mythological” creatures roaming around. Add to that a little of twisted history like that of Napoleon Bonaparte, and it is wonderful. It reminded me a lot of the historical fantasy fiction book Jackaby by William Ritter.
The book’s romance was interesting and endearing to read about. I was squealing by the time it ended with the obvious blooming romance between Lady Truthful and Charlie. Though gruff and rockhard-looking, we start to like him the more he interacts with Truthful and see what a great match they do with their adventuring around.
At first the story didn’t hold my utter attention as it starts slow, but the more I read after the initial chapter, the more I wanted to know and wasn’t able to stop. I had to at least read one page with all the college work piling around. It was that good and intriguing to know what awaited our characters in this strange regency era story. Amazingly written, a definite read for the lovers of both classic and fantasy genres.
Addicted reader, and lover of books. I’m a full-time college student majoring in English Lit with aspirations of becoming an author and doing a double major in languages. Oui.
I’ve loved books since before I was a year old. My reading list consisted of children’s books raging from Dr. Seuss and Charlotte’s Web to Clifford the Big Red Dog and Joody Moody. Much later, after reading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, I got sucked into Young Adult books with a whole new world of fiction at my grasp. I spend most of my time either reading, writing, or watching series on Netflix, such as The Vampire Diaries, Doctor Who, New Girl, or anything else that is fantasy, paranormal, or sci-fi.
As for my writing career, it is currently limited to brainstorming and sharing my endless ideas mostly with my co-blogger, Marianne, with the hope of one day all those ideas clicking together into a novel. In the mean time, I just keep practicing to get better. When not writing (usually about vampires) or watching Netlix, I can be found doing crochet, drawing, and acquiring more books than what I can read at once, or trying to study.