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.
**** Huge thank you to Tor for providing me with a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ****
Trigger Warnings: Panic Attack (mentioned and show but in a very sensitive manner), Death, and some Gore
Trying to review these books never gets any easier because they are just so unimaginably good that the words to properly describe it never come to me. But here I am, trying my best! This is another fantastic installment in the series and it might just be my favorite one so far. I mean seriously when can we start getting full length novels with these? That would be the only way to make them even more amazing than they already are. (Though it goes without saying they are still perfect, I’m just greedy)
I’d first like to mention that the characters briefly recap events prior to this book within dialogue, so it helps to refresh the memory if it’s been a while between reads! Much appreciated by me, that’s for sure!
This book manages to pick up the story after the endings of both “Every Heart a Doorway” as well as “Beneath the Sugar Sky”. The events in the third book stand but Jack and Jill’s characters come back essentially where the first book ended, it sounds a bit confusing but I honestly loved it this way. It takes place in the Moors, the world Jack and Jill call home. I personally find the Moors to be fascinating as its a very horror based world with terrifying creatures, death not being permanent, and yet it is always in balance with no one being in absolute power.
I LOVED how much more world building Seanan blessed us with in this novella, the Moors are explored a bit more and yet there’s so many more mysteries waiting there. When I read “Down Among the Sticks and Bones” there was a brief mention of the ocean domain ruled by the Drowned Gods and that had me SO curious, it about drove me crazy with curiosity. I was beyond ecstatic to see them shown and elaborated more in this book! I could read multiple books about this world alone.
Apart from the story the pacing is even, the story pulls you right along, and the writing (as always) is absolutely beautiful and fantastic.
The characters are just as amazing as the story, well-developed and complex in their own ways. I’ll never get over how invested in these characters I am, with all of their quirks and stories.
The representation (as with the other books) is still fantastic as well. Jack’s OCD is shown a bit more and she does show some related anxiety as well, the OCD rep is also own voices. There’s also the F/F romance between Jack and Alexis that is also adorable. Then we have Cora and Alexis who are two gorgeous fat girls that were absolutely killing it in this story, those two are my personal favorites especially with the fat rep. It makes my heart so unbelievably happy.
I usually put my break down of what I loved and didn’t love in the book here, but to be perfectly honest there isn’t a single thing in this book that I was not totally in love with. Everything in this story (and the other stories) was absolute perfection.
Overall I would say if you have already started this series, “Come Tumbling Down” is just as amazing as the previous installments. I would recommend this series to each and every single one of you, I really think there’s something that will appeal to everyone.