Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: October 13th, 2015
Format: Audiobook narrated by Faye Adele
Summary Via GoodReads
My Rating: ★★★★
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 bestselling 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?
Fair warning about this book, don't go into it if you enjoyed Abhorsen, because this book is completely different from that series. This didn't make me dislike this book, I was just constantly surprised that this was the same guy that wrote that series. I think it really was a testament to his writing abilities. I really enjoy when writes go from one extreme to the next, I think it really shows that they know what they are doing and can be versatile.
So this book is very similar to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, only it didn't drag on and give me useless historical context. The setting is in Regency England in a society where magic exists and is encouraged. The plot of the novel is that Lady Truthful has to go find her family's stolen magical emerald, and in order to do so she disguises herself as a man. I loved the plot of this novel and I found that the narrator did a really good job of sounding like a girl from this time period.
This book was not too long so I found it easy to burn right through it, but I also just felt like it was a very fun lighthearted story about magic. There was also a little bit of romance and mystery which is what piqued my interest in finishing it.
I initially picked this one up because I like Garth Nix, and although this was a departure from his other novels I found that his writing style really kept my interest. If you are looking for something a little bit different that's a short and enjoyable read, I would recommend this one.