Newt's Emerald: Magic, Maids, And Masquerades by Garth NixNewt's Emerald: Magic, Maids, And Masquerades by Garth Nix

Newt's Emerald: Magic, Maids, And Masquerades

byGarth Nix

Hardcover | October 13, 2015

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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 bestselling 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?

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novelsSabriel,Lirael, andAb...
Title:Newt's Emerald: Magic, Maids, And MasqueradesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.01 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062360043

ISBN - 13:9780062360045


Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would recommend this book to younger readers with more advanced reading skills. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy: With high action, loveable characters (and some quite despicable ones), and an Austen-like setting, NEWT'S EMERALD is a fun ride that is perfect for younger readers, while still having enough to interest adult readers. It's a good thing that Truthful grew up with a gaggle of boisterous boy cousins; when her family's heirloom emerald is stolen, dressing up as a boy to scour the streets of London is as easy as donning a glamour-enchanted mustache and imitating her cousins. I really enjoyed the low-key magic in this book; average ladies could enchant themselves with a glamour to be more attractive, some of the characters could speak with animals (but not quite control them), and certain items could cancel out all magic just by touching the skin of the caster. It was all very consistent and never once was I left frustrated that magic was or wasn't used to get out of a situation. It shows that the book was properly planned and excecuted by Nix, who has tons of experience with world-building from his Abhorsen series. The Austen-esque setting was lovely, complete with glamorous balls, trash-talking ton, and a thrilling conclusion in the seaside town of Brighton. Nix breaks away from the strict Austen setting though by also including vicious pirates (and daring escapes!), over-the-top costume balls and shootouts in dark alleys. I would recommend this book to younger readers with more advanced reading skills. It does take a bit of patience to get through some of the book, if only because there are lots of characters and Truthful, when she is being herself, has lots of very proper things to do. It's not as difficult as reading an Austen novel; if they can sit through a film version of Pride and Prejudice, they'll love it.
Date published: 2015-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utterly quirky and delightful! Newt's Emerald was so charming! It's the perfect light, fun, quick read! Lady Truthful is this delightful heroine who undergoes great character development throughout the story. Starting off obnoxious, she does grow into a more likeable character by the end. Newt is also a very determined and fierce kind of girl who will stop at nothing to get her family's heirloom. The setting was excellent. I loved the England during the Regency period backdrop. I thought it fit the book really well. It had a magical feel to it which fit in which the tone of the book quite nicely. If you enjoy historical fiction, you'll definitely love this aspect of the book. The writing was fantastic (because it's Garth Nix and great writing it always guaranteed when it comes to him). The descriptions were lovely and I really felt like I was going on an adventure with Newt and Charles. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! Utterly quirky and delightful, Newt's Emerald is the perfect weekend getaway book. ***Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My opinions were in no way influenced.
Date published: 2015-10-13

Editorial Reviews

“It’s clear that this was as much a pleasure for Nix to write as it is for readers to read, and there’s reveling in arcane language that will delight wannabe Austen-esque teens. Hand this to fans of period Masterpiece Theater sagas and Burgis’ Kat, Incorrigible.”