By: Garth Nix
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Published: 23 Sep 2015
ISBN: 9781760112653


After the Newington Emerald is stolen at the height of a conjured storm, eighteen-year-old Lady Truthful Newington goes to London to search for the magical heirloom of her house.

But as no well-bred young lady can hunt the metropolis for a stolen jewel, she has to disguise herself as a man, and is soon caught up in a dangerous adventure where she must risk her life, her reputation and her heart.

Balancing twin roles as a young lady coming out in her first season and as an intrepid young man up against an evil sorceress isn't easy, but Truthful has to manage it. Her father's life and even the fate of England may depend upon her recovering the Newington Emerald!


Set in the Regency period in London, we follow the exploits of the young Lady Truthful Newington, aka Newt, after her family heirloom the Newington Emerald is stolen.

She is to make her debut into society but surely this is hindered by the need to disguise herself as a man to hunt for her stolen gem.
She has a love/hate relationship with Major Harnett who is assisting with her search, and the magic and sorcery surrounding the powerful emerald develops enough story to keep it moving.

Whilst not my favourite genre, Garth Nix’s story is in the vein of Georgiette Heyer’s Regency Romance novels and many girls find this genre particularly enthralling. For those who are fans of this genre, I’m sure you will delight in this novel.

With themes of fantasy, adventure and romance, it is best suited to girls 13+.

Reviewed by Rob