As you likely already know, I love the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, so of course, I was going to get my little robotic mitts on the latest book in the series as soon as it was released. I’m just late with my review because that’s how I roll now, haha.
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
My Edition: Hardcover – 208 pages – Tor – ISBN: 9780765399311
Jack and her sister Jill left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children for the Moors, the magical world they came to call home, and Jack’s friends didn’t expect to see her again any time soon. But when Jack is carried back onto the grounds and in desperate need of help, some of the old gang find themselves heading out on another quest.
FYI, this is a direct sequel to Every Heart a Doorway and Beneath the Sugar Skies, so if for some reason you’re skipping around in this series (why?) or haven’t read them all yet (also why?), you’re at least going to want to read those books first.
Jack is one of my favorite characters and the Moors is my favorite place we’ve visited in the series so far, so I was very excited for this. I hate to say it, but I was a little let down This is still a great addition to the series, but it didn’t live up to how much I enjoyed Down Among the Sticks and Bones.
I can’t really pinpoint why this book didn’t reach whatever diaphanous expectations I had. But I didn’t really get the atmosphere of the Moors again because the story was mostly about Jack’s thoughts and feelings on the situation she found herself in. I wanted more of the world and the creatures and people who inhabit it. I felt like overall, this book took place more in the kid’s heads and it wasn’t wholly successful for me. I also think the ending was anti-climactic.
In all, I’m still glad this story exists and I’m still eager to see what other adventures McGuire brings us on. I’m hoping she continues to let her characters explore more worlds and I’d really love to take a trip through Eleanor West’s doorway! If you like the series, chances are you’ll enjoy this book.