Review: Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuireAuthor: Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children
Released: January 7th, 2019
Received: ARC
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Come Tumbling Down in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Come Tumbling Down is the fifth novella in Seanan McGuire’s beloved Wayward Children series. If you haven’t given this series a try, I cannot list all of the reasons why it is worth reading. It’s without a doubt one of my top series, and I sincerely can’t get enough of it.

Eleanor’s School for Wayward Children is meant to be a safe place for the children abandoned by their doors and the worlds they came to love. Thus, it doesn’t have many rules. But one of those rules is very simple: No Quests allowed.

That one rule is about to be broken in Come Tumbling Down. Last we saw of Jack, she was happily carrying the body of her sister back to the Moors. But now she’s back, and she needs the help of her friends in order to save herself and the world she loves so much.


“Come on, come on, there’s adventure in the air and you’re too slow!

Spoiler Warning

Can I please go back in time and read Come Tumbling Down again for the first time? Because I feel like that is exactly what I need in my life right now. Come Tumbling Down was a whirlwind of an adventure, one that was dark and scary, while also being deeply personal.

I’ve always loved Jack and Jill (the Wayward Children version, that is), so the minute I read the description for this novella, I knew that I was going to be in love. I wasn’t disappointed with what was handed to me. Though I am finding myself wishing that I could continue reading about their dark and foreboding world…

If I could make one request right now, it’d be that this series never ends. Because it is just so good. I would happily read anything and everything about these Wayward children. And then some.

Back to Come Tumbling Down, this was an enchanting and dark tale in the best ways possible. I adore the Moors and thus getting a chance to return there was very much appreciated. So far we’ve seen the Wayward Children of Eleanor’s pop into several different worlds, but we’ve yet to see the interaction with this particular world. That made this tale very exciting – and exceptionally dangerous.

There was a lot to love about this novel, quite frankly. The pacing was on point, with something happening almost every time I turned the page. And yet it never felt rushed. Instead, the journey was a perilous one, which also gave us a chance to see our characters in a completely different setting.

The rules of the Moors are fascinating, and I am grateful that this novella revealed more about the inner workings of it. The more I see of this world…the more it seems to fit together. It’s just so perfect.

My only regret about reading Come Tumbling Down is that I have to sit down and wait for the next installment in the series. Though I suppose I could go back and reread the rest of the series in the meantime…

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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