Book Review: Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

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Title: Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5)

Author: Seanan McGuire

Release date: January 7th, 2020

The 5th book in McGuire’s PHENOMENAL Wayward Children jumps straight into the action and at this point, if you’re reading this review, I’m going to assume you’ve read up until this book. If not – please note, some spoilers are within, but unfortunately that’s necessary when you’re this far into a series.

What I liked: After book four (and 4.5) took a diversion over to discovering Lundy’s back story, book five focuses squarely on Jack and Jill and what happened at the Moors. A door blasts open in the basement of The School for Wayward Children and we find Alexis and Jill, but that body now playing host to Jack. Things have unraveled, Bleak is feared dead and Jack wants to return and seek vengeance on what her sister has done.

The story is told through the narrative of an adventure, we get the group banding together, returning to the Moors and ultimately confronting Jill. McGuire does an amazing job of treating this entry as both a piece of the bigger story, but also an individual dark fairy tale. We get to meet Gideon and Cora discovers the Drowned Gods and ultimately we get a fantastic climax where Jack confronts Jill and the Master is put in his place. Seanan has really crafted some really amazing characters and we even get an emotional moment with Kade and a bridge.

It was great to once again visit the Moors and even though it’s alluded that we’ll never visit there again, I wouldn’t be surprised if we do return at some point in the future.

What I didn’t like: Each character plays a specific role and it was great to see Christopher have his moment connecting with one of the horses that Jack had created. But in this entry, Sumi was incredibly annoying and I didn’t think the character added anything except being a distraction.

Why you should buy this: If you’ve read the first four, you’ll definitely be checking this one out. With a sixth already out and a seventh entry arriving in a month, you have more than enough time to catch up.

If you’ve not read any of these and have stumbled upon this review – go back to the start, be sure, open the first door and welcome to these amazing worlds you’re about to discover.


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