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Newt's Emerald

Newt's Emerald [Kindle Edition]

Garth Nix
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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!

A Regency Romance with Magic from New York Times-bestselling writer Garth Nix, author of Sabriel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1276 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jill Grinberg Literary Management (29 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GLT344I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 and grew up in Canberra, Australia. After taking his degree in professional writing from the University of Canberra, he worked in a bookshop and then moved to Sydney. There he sank lower into the morass of the publishing industry, steadily devolving from sales rep through publicist until in 1991 he became a senior editor with a major multinational publisher. After a period travelling in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia in 1993, he left publishing to work as a marketing communications consultant . In 1999 he was lured back to the publishing world to become a part-time literary agent. He now lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife Anna, son Thomas, and lots of books.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show, Mr Nix 31 Dec 2013
By Kieran
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I've been a fan of Garth Nix since I was 10 years old and in was in the focus group when his publisher was deciding whether or not to publish Mr Monday, the first in his Keys to the Kingdom Series. Afterwards, I fell in love with Sabriel and the Old Kingdom.

However, I think this is largely what this book represents - fan appeal. It blends magic with the modern world in a believable and exciting way, like all of Garth Nix's works, but I'd say it only manages to connect with his existing fans. It has a firmly tongue in cheek approach to Regency romance, in a way that's light hearted, not mean spirited, and still manages to be an enjoyable read. The plot moves way too fast, and the motivations of the characters become rather one-dimensional as the climax approaches, which really wasn't that climactic. Lady Truthful lacks the solidity and depth of say, Sabriel or Lirael, and I found I couldn't give a damn whether she got her gem back or not. However, the whole story is very cinematic and I think would make a brilliant TV adaptation.

I have to say, I'm a little disappointed in you Mr Nix. Why are you writing this, when you've got legions on fans living in hope and dying in despair while we wait for Clariel...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely magical romp 3 Dec 2013
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Newt's Emerald is a deliciously frothy, magical Regency treat! I love the way it feels so like a Georgette Heyer novel-with-magic; the tongue-in-cheek tone is just pitch-perfect, and the magic fits into Regency life in a lovely and matter-of-fact way. The characters are enormously fun, from the elderly chaperone-with-a-sword-stick (and a fabulous magical wand!) to the various male cousins with their absurd plans for getting the stolen family emerald (a seriously powerful magical item) safely found or replaced.

As you can guess just from the heroine's name - Truthful - this isn't a book that focuses on deep character motivations, but it doesn't need to be - it's just an enormously playful and fun Regency romp. I started reading it on Friday morning and finished it Saturday morning, despite the fact that I'd been house-cleaning and Thanksgiving-meal-preparing in the meantime - it was just such a fast and addictively pleasurable read!

The part of the book that I found least personally satisfying was the romance, because I didn't actually like the hero - Nix uses a familiar romance trope by starting the hero out as an obnoxious misogynist, but then skips the traditional "groveling" scene at the end (where the hero traditionally apologizes to the heroine for his earlier remarks and attitudes), which made it harder for me to forgive him. Sigh. (You could read one line at the end as an indirect apology - and he's certainly no longer acting in that way, so we can assume that he has gotten over it, and won't be acting that way in future - but I thought the heroine really deserved a serious grovel after the first part of the book, and I was annoyed on her behalf that she didn't get one! If I had been her, I would have looked elsewhere for a husband.)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Sabriel... 6 Jun 2014
By Crayola
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I love Garth Nix, and have done from when I was an angsty teenager. So when I found something that might appeal more to me as an adult - a period romance but still containing Nix's magical twists - I was pretty excited.

Unfortunately the book can only be described as ok. It's quite fun, and the story line is nicely thought out, but the execution is a little rushed and the characters feel under developed - you can see what development they do have coming a mile off. Still, it's a good read, and a nice way to kill the odd hour before bed or when you just want some enjoyable fluff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly Georgette Heyer! 9 Jan 2014
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I was excited to see this, with the references to both Georgette Heyer and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Sadly, what it is instead is a complete piece of nonsense: fun to write, I am sure, and entertaining enough towards the end, but hardly worthy of mentioning in the same breath as the other two. It reads more like a book written for children. Yes, the writing owes something to Heyer, but there is some implausible nonsense in there that she would never have included, or, if it was necessary, would have written it better; in some places, I was quite sure that I could have written it better/ more like Heyer myself! As for Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, that is one of my favourite books, and masterfully done, which this is not. What the reviewer doubtless meant is that it is a blend of fantasy and historical novel, but there the similarity ends. A pity. I am a huge fan of both Heyer, and of fantasy, and I understand that Garth Nix is a well-respected (children's) author. I hoped for so much more than an author's indulgent desire to write this. The sort of thing one writes and keeps for oneself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is the only time I have ever had periods of boredom whilst reading Garth Nix. When I think of the quality of works like the Abhorsen Trilogy and Even the Keys to the Kingdom I did feel it was not up to the usual very high standard. The other books I would read again, I doubt very much if I will read this one again. The concept of the story was interesting but the lead female character was not very believable (whereas Lirael is totally believable) and I lost patience with her judgemental character. However I thoroughly enjoyed Fire above and Fire below, it's just this book (Newt's Emerald) of his recent work that annoyed me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good fantasy adventure
the story moved with pace, was engaging, if but unrealistic. it works in a world of fantasy. good characters and quite fun.
Published 2 days ago by ellesbells123
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A very well written entertaining story.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Hard to follow and to get in to
Published 2 months ago by Trea
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
What a little gem this turned out to be! I love Regency romances (especially Georgette Heyer) but this was so much more - witches, warlocks and magic all part of everyday life in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Annakb
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual turn of events
It was an unusual story which lead to an unusual ending. The plot was good, I just had to keep reading.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Most enjoyable.
A historical romance with a fantasy twist thrown in and definitely unlike any storyline I have encountered before.
Published 3 months ago by S L MORTIMER
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful fun
A lively, well written story Jane Austen country with added magic and a healthy dose of mystery. I thoroughly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by L. Holloway
1.0 out of 5 stars poor writing and fanciful story
I thought this might be a Georgette Heyer type book, but was not prepared for the 'magic' element which was not my taste at all and I skipped through the last part to reach the end... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen meets mystery and magic!
Loved this set in the regency era but with the twist of magic. I really enjoyed the romance and the mystery element. I just wish it was part of a set rather than a one off book.
Published 3 months ago by M. Field
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