Review: “Come Tumbling Down” by Seanan McGuire


Release Date: January 7, 2020
Publisher: Publishing
Series: Wayward Children #5
Genre: Fantasy


“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.


My Thoughts

ComeTumblingDown-coverSeanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series is a long story about home—the ones we’re born into and the ones we find or build—but with each new installment a second parallel theme has grown in importance: identity. You can’t really have one without the other. A home that denies your truth isn’t a home at all. Likewise, people who accept you as you are and without conditions can create a home where once there was none. The Moors is Jack’s home literally and figuratively because it matches her identity, and her identity is what led her to her true home in the first place. She is perfect for the role of Mad Scientist’s Apprentice in a horror movie world…


To read the rest of my review, head over to

Check out my compendium of every portal world mentioned in the series through book 3 as well as my review of the first three books over at

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy.

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