Book Review: Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix


Title: Newt's Emerald

By: Garth Nix

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 291

Release Date: October 13th, 2015

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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.


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Garth Nix was the one author that really turned me on to reading as a young child. His Abhorsen series is still my favorite of all time, but this book didn't hit me like I had hoped.

I found it hard to relate to the characters and the story didn't thrill me. At times it was hard for me to get through.

It was a cute quick read, but not the same standards that I expect from Nix.

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