I can’t believe I haven’t posted this review yet! The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire is a favorite of mine and one of my most anticipated releases this year was Come Tumbling Down. I read it pretty soon after the release and today I will finally share my review with you all. Let’s jump right in.
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.
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #5
Published by Tor.com on 07/01/2020
The covers for this series are so beautiful and this one is no different. I love all the doors and there are some gorgeous details in each one. You get some little hints about the story from the cover and I really like that. For now I have all the ebooks but I really want to hardcovers for the whole series!
Sometimes heroism is pressing on when the ending is already predestined… Sometimes a hero has to fall.
This is the fifth book in the Wayward Children series. It starts a bit after the end of the third book. And my favorite character is back! The second book in the series was Jack and Jill’s prequel story and we really got a look at how they came to be the girl they are in Every Heart a Doorway. In Come Tumbling Down we find out what happened to them afterwards.
Jack comes back to Eleanor’s school to get her friend’s help. So we get to travel to The Moors again. This world can only be described as unsettling I think. The atmosphere Seanan created in this world feels like a black and white movie and it makes you a bit uncomfortable. I really liked being in this world again. My favorite thing is discovering new worlds and this was probably my favorite to spend time in!
No one should have to sit and suffer and pretend to be someone they’re not because it’s easier, or because no one wants to help them fix it.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Jack is my favorite character in this series with Kade and Christopher close behind. All three were in this book and had a pretty decent amount of screen time so that already made me happy. We got to see Jack being the monstrous hero she is and I felt so much for her. She does what she needs to do but she does it in her own way.
This series (and this installment) has the most wonderfully diverse cast of characters, we get characters of color, a queer relationship, a trans character, fat rep, ocd rep (that’s own voices!), anxiety rep and disability rep. It’s amazing to see these characters and have hopefully so many people see themselves in them. I think this is one of the strengths of the series!
“The Moors turned us both into monsters,” said Jack. The resignation in her tone was a roll of thunder, heavy and unforgiving. “But it did a better job with me.”
The plot was engaging but as with all these novella’s it went a bit fast. Seanan manages to put so much in so little pages so the plot has to keep on moving quite fast. Still there was enough time for a focus on my favorite characters and as always Seanan’s writing is gorgeous. Since this is a pretty short book I don’t want to say too much. All in can really say is, I loved this and I hope this series will continue forever!
Have you read the Wayward Children series yet? And Come Tumbling Down? What do you think about these books? And which one is your favorite so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!