cover image Newt’s Emerald

Newt’s Emerald

Garth Nix. HarperCollins/Tegen, $18.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-236004-5

At her 18th birthday party, Lady Truthful, daughter of Admiral the Viscount Newington, is presented with the fabulous Newington Emerald, an heirloom of great magical power—which is immediately stolen by persons unknown. The Admiral is rendered insensible by the loss, and Truthful takes it upon herself to leave for London in pursuit. There she is swept up in the social scene and meets a dashing and mysterious soldier, Major Hartnett. The two take part in magical variations on familiar Regency elements—having adventures, going to balls, quarreling constantly—before recovering the emerald and, of course, falling in love. Nix describes meals and clothing in delicious detail; Truthful’s birthday dinner, for example, consists of “turbot with lobster sauce, several boiled fowls, a turtle, a ham, and a quarter of a lamb with cauliflowers... followed by a gooseberry and currant pie, a soft pudding, and five different sorts of fruit.” Although less memorable than Nix’s Old Kingdom tales, this romance should please the author’s regular readers and Georgette Heyer fans alike. Ages 13–up. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Oct.)