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Newt's Emerald (2013)

by Garth Nix

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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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This was a fun little magical regency romance. Light on the romance actually. This portrays a world where magic is widespread and acknowledged. There is an element of girl masquerades as a guy if you like those stories. I liked the world building and the action sequences especially when they were on the boat were descriptive and vivid. ( )
  Luziadovalongo | Jul 14, 2022 |
I kind of wrote off this author after [b:Sabriel|518848|Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1)|Garth Nix|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1293655399s/518848.jpg|3312237] but I find this a very interesting sounding book
  Litrvixen | Jun 23, 2022 |
Magical regency romance, a la Georgette Heyer and Mary Robinette Kowal -- not what I ordinarily expect from Garth Nix, but oh, he did a wonderful job with it!

Lady Truthful's father is felled when their family heirloom, a powerful emerald, is stolen. She immediately springs into action to get it back, while honoring the convoluted society rules that govern plucky young ladies. She is aided in her quest by an unconventional Great-Aunt, a bewitched moustache, and a spy-hunting undercover agent. I particularly like that when feats of derring-do are called for, it's Truthful who wins the day, with quick thinking and quicker action. Very well done!

If you like The Finishing School series, this is a great book for you.

Advanced reader's copy provided by Edelweiss. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
What a delight. Light, frothy, entertaining, and whimsical. This historical YA explores gender in a fresh, fun way, with the presence of magic throughout (glamours, magical objects, scrying, sorcery, and weather magic). I would classify this as magical realism rather than fantasy, and I would love the chance to learn more about the varied kinds of magic referenced throughout the book. Alas, this is a standalone, though I wish this book were part of a series.
  starlight-glimmer | Apr 7, 2022 |
Meh, 🤷‍♀️ some parts were entertaining but overall not impressed. ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 26, 2021 |
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Of all the birthdays she'd had, Truthful decided her present one was the best and most exciting.
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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.

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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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