Book Review- Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire


Near the end of 2019, I discovered Seanan McGuire's fantasty series, the Wayward Children series, about children who travel to fantastical worlds and what reality is like for them once they return to the real world. The first two books were wonderful and had me turning the pages with rapid fire. Book three, Beneath the Sugar Sky, did not impress me as much, and made me question whether the series would continue with its high-quality story-telling. With the fourth book, In an Absent Dream, McGuire returned to form and renewed my faith in the series. When I heard there was a new book coming out at the beginning of 2020, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

The fifth installment of the Wayward Children series did not disappoint. Returning to the story of Jack and Jill after the shocking conclusion of their journey in Every Heart a Doorway, we see, along with Kade, Cora, Sumi and Christopher, the true nature of the Moors. When Jack comes to Ms. West's School for Wayward Children to seek the help of her friends, the children are thrust into a dangerous and dark adventure that none of them could have ever expected. As Jack battles her inner and outer demons, including her murderous sister, Jill and the Master, Cora fights the urge to return to the sea, Christopher and Kade worry about the mental state of their beloved scientist friend, while Sumi always keeps a positive and bright outlook on all going on around her. With a thrilling conclusion, Come Tumbling Down is an exciting read from beginning to end.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. McGuire's writing never fails to impress, and the metaphors and language she uses continue to surprise me and make me in awe of her writing ability. The story itself is a fast-paced adventure novel with compelling characters and lovely relationships. The best part of this book, however, is McGuire's theme of who is a monster and what kind of monster could we all potentially be. Jack's storyline in this novel is brilliant and, being one of my favorite characters, I was so happy that the story focused on her. She is one of McGuire's strongest characters, and to see how she evolves and comes to realize who she truly is is a joy to read.

If you are a fan of great writing, fantastical worlds, well developed characters, and a quick, thrilling story, then you should definitely pick up this book. McGuire has gotten the series back on track, and I cannot wait to see where the series takes us next. My thanks to Netgalley for providing an e-ARC of this extraordinary book.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

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