Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix


As she approaches her eighteenth birthday, Lady Truthful Newington is about to inherit her family heirloom--a heart-shaped emerald that bestows magical powers. When the emerald disappears, Truthful disguises herself as a boy and joins the search. She joins forces with Major Harnett who offers to help look for the emerald, but they find themselves involved with an evil sorceress and more danger than they expected. Through their adventures, both Truthful and Major Harnett learn that things are often different than they originally appear.

Garth Nix, well-known for his fantasy novels, takes a refreshing diversion into the world of regency romance and creates my favorite Garth Nix novel yet. He combines the styles of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen and throws in his own touch of magic. With marvelous characters and a fun story, Newt’s Emerald will entertain both teen and adult readers.

Recommended ages--12 and up

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