July 16, 2020

Review: Newt's Emerald

Newt's Emerald Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was such an enjoyable read! Newt's Emerald belongs to the genre fantasy of manners (= historical romance + magic), which I had never heard of before reading this, but now I am keen on reading more from this genre. The basic story is that Newt’s (aka Lady Truthful Newington’s) Emerald, which apparently is a very powerful magical stone, is getting stolen. Newt’s father fells ill as a result of the theft and Newt decides to find the Emerald and the thief. But because she should not compromise herself doing so (this is the Regency Era after all), she disguises herself as man. Now, of course this brings about some funny, some awkward, and some dangerous situations, but fortunately, our heroine gets a very attractive “partner in crime”, who himself has his secrets as well. The crime is not a brain teaser, the romance is not groundbreaking, and the character development is not exceptional; still, this book is perfect, if you are looking for a light, escapist, and clean romance with a hint of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, or a nautical fantasy adventure.

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