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Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix

Newt's Emerald (2013)

by Garth Nix

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a silly fun take on the Victorian romance ( )
  klarsenmd | Oct 29, 2017 |
This was a captivating romp with a captivating protagonist, a nicely paced mystery, and a competently handled romance. Highly recommended. ( )
  fred_mouse | Aug 18, 2017 |
Newt’s Emerald is a Regency fantasy inspired partly by Georgette Heyer’s novels, and it certainly reminded me of some of Heyer’s more madcap stories.

After a family heirloom is stolen, 18 year old Truthful sets off early for her Season in London, hoping she can retrieve the emerald before the season gets properly underway. With the help of her aunt, she adopts a disguise - and meets some people who agree to help her. But Truthful isn’t the only one who isn’t being entirely truthful about their identity...

Newt’s Emerald is very lighthearted and occasionally predictable, but it’s fun. ( )
  Herenya | Mar 14, 2017 |
This was a fun and engaging read about Lady Truthful's escapades to recover her stolen emerald!

This was full of excitement and laughs, with a lovely backdrop of regency England that had magic. Basically it fulfilled all of my requirements for a good book and it did not disappoint!

Happy reading! ( )
  hawaiianmermaid701 | Jul 7, 2016 |
This novel is a lovely light fantasy novel to read one afternoon.

Truthful, known as Newt, will inherit the Newington Emerald when she comes of age. On her eighteenth birthday, her father shows the emerald to Newt and her three male cousins with whom she has been grown up. A strange storm arrives at the exact moment the emerald is being admired. When the storm knocks out the window, there is a small amount of chaos until Newt’s father orders the storm to abate. Upon looking around, they all discover that the emerald is missing. Her father immediately collapses. When he is able, he explains that the family is tied to the emerald and bad luck will ensue if it’s in another’s hands. He suspects the cousins, but Newt knows it isn’t them. Newt decides to go early to London to find her emerald, for someone may be trying to sell it.

Newt arrives in London and determines that she can only go about her investigations freely if she is a man, so her aunt helps glamour her. She quickly finds a man who knows how investigations work: Major Harnett. Newt and Harnett with the help of Truthful’s aunt follow clues and face dangerous people and situations as they hunt for the thieves and the emerald.

I found the novel to be entertaining to listen to. It’s a mystery, romance, and dangerous investigation all rolled into one. I especially like that Truthful never has to be rescued; she is quite capable on her own and, in fact, saves many lives. Is this a great novel? No. Is it worth reading for a nice, tightly written mystery? Yes. ( )
  acargile | Apr 3, 2016 |
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On Lady Truthful Newington's 18th birthday, an ensorcelled heirloom emerald disappears from her house in the midst of the commotion caused by a magic-induced storm. She is due to go to London in a month for her introduction to society and decides to leave for her Great-aunt Lady Badgery's home earlier than planned. With her great-aunt's help, Truthful disguises herself as cousin Henri, the Chevalier de Vienne, to search for the emerald, and soon finds herself caught up in potential romance and adventure.
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After the Newington Emerald is stolen at the height of a conjured storm, eighteen-year-old Lady Truthful Newington goes to London, disguised as a man, to search for the magical heirloom of her house, and is soon caught up in a dangerous adventure where she must risk her life, her reputation, and her heart.… (more)

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