15 Feb BOOK REVIEW – NEWT’S EMERALD by GARTH NIX
Reviewed by Tasha from Gladstone Regional Libraries
I enjoy anything written by Garth Nix and this book is a combination of Regency romance, adventure, and magic.
The lead character is eighteen-year-old Lady Truthful Newington, nicknamed Newt, who is about to view her inheritance. During the viewing, the Newington Emerald, a powerful and magical gemstone, is stolen. Newt decides to travel to London to look for the gem, but no well-bred young lady roams alone in the city.
Newt, with the help of sorcery, is disguised as a young man. But balancing life as a young lady during her first London season, and a young shy man battling against evil sorcery is no picnic in the park. Throw in a few suitors, her father’s life, and maybe the future of England, and she has a battle on her hands.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. It is a wonderful blend of Regency and fantasy. The author wrote this book years ago and published it recently, after some tweaking; I am certainly pleased that he did. I recommend Newt’s Emerald for people who love this era, but also like to have magic and sorcery in their lives.
This book and others by the author can be borrowed from Gladstone Regional Libraries; it is in the Young Adult Collection but will appeal to all ages, as I am certainly past that age.