Book Review: Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

Newt’s Emerald
Author: Garth Nix
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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On her eighteenth birthday, Lady Truthful, nicknamed “Newt,” will inherit her family’s treasure: the Newington Emerald. A dazzling heart-shaped gem, the Emerald also bestows its wearer with magical powers.

When the Emerald disappears one stormy night, Newt sets off to recover it. Her plan entails dressing up as a man, mustache included, as no well-bred young lady should be seen out and about on her own. While in disguise, Newt encounters the handsome but shrewd Major Harnett, who volunteers to help find the missing Emerald under the assumption that she is a man. Once she and her unsuspecting ally are caught up in a dangerous adventure that includes an evil sorceress, Newt realizes that something else is afoot: the beating of her heart.

In Newt’s Emerald, the bestselling author of Sabriel, Garth Nix, takes a waggish approach to the forever popular Regency romance and presents a charmed world where everyone has something to hide.


This book was light, fluffy, and thrilling – just what I needed to get out of my reading slump. Newt’s Emerald follows the adventure of Lady Truthful, who has just recently turned eighteen. However, just when her father the Admiral brings out a family heirloom, the Newington Emerald, to pass it onto her, strange weather creeps in, taking the emerald along with its departure. Thus begins an exciting journey to find the emerald in a regency setting with touches of magic scattered about. Even more exhilarating is the fact that Truthful will be dressing up as a man to aid in her search for the emerald!

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