Inspired by the works of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, Garth Nix's Newt's Emerald is a Regency romance with a fantasy twist. New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger calls it "charming; quite, quite charming".
After Lady Truthful's magical Newington emerald is stolen from her, she devises a simple plan: go to London to recover the missing jewel. She quickly learns, however, that a woman cannot wander the city streets alone without damaging her reputation, and she disguises herself as a mustache-wearing man. During Truthful's dangerous journey, she discovers a crook, an unsuspecting ally, and an evil sorceress - but will she find the emerald?
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Clean, fun magical romp
I think I would. I loved the narrator's skill of different accents and really getting into the story. Plus the side characters, magical elements and the writing style were very good.
It was rushed. I do think he needed at least 100 more pages to extend the romance and action of the finale.
This was my first listen to Faye Adele and I was impressed. She wasn't over dramatic; she played every part, efficient in each accent and gave the story a lot of life and fun.
A missing jewel and evil sorcerers can really make London exciting.
Nix truly adapted the regency era writing style perfectly. He always tries something different and I loved seeing a new and different story from him. This is also a very clean story, for those who don't like graphic content in their books.
- A. Cooper
Sweet & Magical
Definitely! Fans of Jane Austen will appreciate the pacing of this book and the witty ways the characters interact.
I don't want to spoil it, but it's one of the few romance novels I've read where the ending was worth the wait!