By Garth Nix
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!
This is a fun little romp of a story, mixing regency with magic and there’s a little bit of Twelfth Knight in there as well. I enjoyed reading about Truthful’s first foray into society as both young woman and young man, and her relationships with the people she meets. It’s a cute little tale of magic, mystery and romance, something which I didn’t think I’d be seeing from Garth Nix, but it lends itself well to his dry wit and creative ingenuity. I enjoyed myself thoroughly while reading and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy mixed with history.
I give it a 3.75 out of 5