Monday, January 13, 2020

Book Review | Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

Come Tumbling Down is the fifth book in Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series.

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

The fifth installment in Seanan McGuire's award-winning, bestselling Wayward Children series, Come Tumbling Down picks up the threads left dangling by Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones

When Jack left Eleanor West's School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister--whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice--back to their home on the Moors.

But death in their adopted world isn't always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.

Eleanor West's "No Quests" rule is about to be broken.


It's not that I didn't like Come Tumbling Down, I just didn't particularly care for it, either.

Come Tumbling Down can't stand on its own the way the other books in the series can, yet half of the book is spent explaining the characters and the worlds.

I still wholeheartedly recommend this series and I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment... I just don't feel like Come Tumbling Down really added anything new.



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  1. I think you're right. It had its moments, but it was sort of a rehash. I'd much rather focus on characters who haven't had their own story yet.

    1. Yes! That's it. It was mostly a rehash. I enjoyed being back in the Wayward world, but it was underwhelming.

  2. Oh no! I hate hearing this. I waited so long for this book. I'll be reading it soon but now I'm a tad less excited.

    1. I'M SO SORRY! I'm really hoping you love it more than I did, but I know how you felt about book three so... my fingers are crossed!

  3. That's a drag. I've only read one of the little side stories in this series and keep meaning to start from the beginning.

    1. I really do love the series. I was just hoping for more out of this one.

  4. I've been meaning to try this series at some point. I had no idea she was on book five already though, yikes!


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