Come Tumbling Down

, #5


Published Jan. 6, 2020 by Tom Doherty Associates.

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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.


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Review of 'Come Tumbling Down' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

Come Tumbling Down carries our adventurers through death, darkness, and drowning, reckoning with a legacy of blood and lightning. Sometimes being a hero means coming to terms with what it means to be a monster. 

I don't know if this is the darkest book so far, but I think it's the bleakest (in a very good way). It feels like the characters are going to the depths of something and while they'll probably come back, it feels just uncertain enough to be worrying, and no matter what they'll be changed. There are limits to what can happen to the kids in this series, but death is absolutely on the table (and some of them have died previously). We're told that the Moors run on lightning but I wonder if Jillian would say they run on blood.  

Doing a quick check-in on how this works as a sequel in a long-running …

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