Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix is a delightful fantasy of manners.
Truthful Newington -- Newt, to her rowdy crew of male cousins -- is
looking forward to her first London season, but everything changes one
dark and stormy night when the Newington Emerald, the family's most
precious (and magically powerful) jewel disappears. Determined to track
down the thief, Truthful disguises herself as a man and searches London
for clues. During her quest, she meets Major Hartnett. She can't deny
her attraction to him, but he's of the firm opinion that all women are
heartless and deceitful -- what would he say if he learned of her
This is a terrifically fun read inspired by Austen,
Heyer, and O'Brian. It's different from anything else Nix has ever
written, but in no way inferior. Recommended to readers who enjoy both
fantasy and Regency romances.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)