by Garth Nix
Katherine Tegen Books, 2015. 291 pgs. Young Adult
Lady Truthful Newington A.K.A. Newt is set to inherit the Newington Emerald on her 18th birthday. The emerald is not just beautiful, it is purported to have magical capabilities that can enhance the magic of its wearer. Just as the emerald is revealed, an unexpected storm blows through and smashes the windows and dowses the lights. Once everything has settled down again, Newt and her father are horrified to discover the emerald missing.
When her father is rendered insensible by the loss, Newt takes it upon herself to travel to London before her planned coming out party to make inquiries about the missing jewel. A young lady’s reputation would be ruined were she to go about on her own so her great-aunt, Lady Badgery suggests she take on the guise of a reclusive French cousin, Chevalier Henri de Vienne, and dress as young man. While disguised, she meets the dashing Major Harnett who offers to help search but has his own secrets and motives.
If you love Regency period historical fiction and fantasy, then this is the book for you. Known for his more traditional fantasies, Nix has expertly used the time period to craft a delightful story full of captivating characters, intrigue and a dash of romance.