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Publisher's Summary

The fifth installment in New York Times best-selling author Seanan McGuire's award-winning Wayward Children series, Come Tumbling Down picks up the threads left dangling by Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones.

When Jack left Eleanor West's School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister - whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice - back to their home on the Moors.

But death in their adopted world isn't always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.

Eleanor West's "No Quests" rule is about to be broken.

Again.

The Wayward Children Series

Book 1: Every Heart a Doorway
Book 2:
Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Book 3:
Beneath the Sugar Sky
Book 4:
In an Absent Dream
Book 5:
Come Tumbling Down

©2020 Seanan McGuire (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"[Come Tumbling Down is] Grotesque, haunting, lovely." (Kirkus starred review)

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Narrated?

I enjoyed this book. But I don't think Seanan has the range for multiple characters. Her previous narrator: Cynthia Hopkins did a fantastic job using her voice skills to separate characters. The story was well written and I enjoyed it.

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The best books for lonely times

The books in this series are balm to the soul when we’re living in a time of uncertainty and isolation. Grateful to these stories for all they ways they comfort.

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Author’s writing is great. Narration not so much.

Love this author and the characters. They are complex and vivid and unique. But the author shouldn’t read her own books for the audio version.

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Great!

This is an absolutely fabulous listen! Hearing Seanan perform was truly an excellent experience that leaves you wanting more.

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Another excellent Wayward Children book

Seanan McGuire returns to the world of the Wayward Children by finishing the story of the sisters Jack and Jill and their strange world of The Moors. As always, the story is engaging and interesting and keeps you listening right up to the end.

Seanan McGuire herself performed this one. It's slightly better than her narration in Down Among the Sticks and Bones, but still not as polished as a professional narrator. It didn't detract from the story, though.

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Read by the author!

Another great foray into the world of doors and lost children, with twists and turns and character development to keep you satisfied!

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Just as Good as the Previous

Of you liked the first four, this one just keeps giving! Really looking forward to number six :)

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Another great listen from Seanan McGuire

I absolutely love this whole series. This was just as entertaining as the other books. Hope there's more to come.

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Probably the second best of the series

I've never felt this series lived up to the promise of the first book, but this one comes closer than the others. The mer-girl is still more of a token than an actual character, but Jack really gets to shine in this one and we get to see more of the moors. It's far better than Sticks and Bones. Worth reading.

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Brilliant as always

Absolutely wonderful!! As always, Ms. McGuire has done a fantastic job in creating worlds and bringing them to life in wonderful ways (sometimes with lightning and mad laughter).

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  • 02-27-20

love

I loved this almost as much as the first book, I liked it more than the second cause jill wasnt in this. I wish the narrator for the first book wouldve narrated it cause her voice for kade is so good but the author is good as well! I liked how this had a (almost) conclusive ending to the story of jack and jill.

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  • J. LoVecchio
  • 01-09-20

amazing

loved this so much. Seanan does a great job narrating and I will never get sick of the wayward children. best adventures!!

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  • Samantha
  • 04-08-21

Consistently Amazing

As with the rest of this series, Come Tumbling Down was amazing. However there's something a little more special about Jack, for me, and the same goes for having Seanan McGuire reading her own stories (and it didn't go unnoticed that all the books in this series she has narrated have focussed specifically on Jack and her story).