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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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.
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!
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