Come Tumbling Down

Come Tumbling Down

by Seanan McGuire


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The fifth installment in New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire's award-winning 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.


The Wayward Children Series

Book 1: Every Heart a Doorway

Book 2: Down Among the Sticks and Bones

Book 3: Beneath the Sugar Sky

Book 4: In an Absent Dream

Book 5: Come Tumbling Down

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765399311
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Series: Wayward Children Series , #5
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 21,535
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

SEANAN McGUIRE is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, Alex and Locus Award-winning Wayward Children series, the October Daye series, the InCryptid series, and other works. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant. Seanan lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls, horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She won the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 became the first person to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.

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Come Tumbling Down 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Stacy_Renee 9 days ago
A unique series revolving around characters that have had a mysterious door appear to them that took them to another world and then spit them back out again. These special children end up at Eleanor's Home for Wayward Children, a school that allows parents to get difficult children out of their hair and gives said children a place to be themselves until their door accepts them again. We are introduced to Jack & Jill in Every Heart A Doorway and learn their personal story about how they found their door to the Moors and what happened there in Down Among the Sticks and Bones, which was a dark and macabre but fascinating story. In Come Tumbling Down, we are caught up in Jack and Jill's story once again and this time their sibling rivalry has gone a step too far. Jack needs help to keep the balance in the world and her friends from school may be the only ones that can help her. These stories are short but definitely worth it! The author has been inclusive and forward-minded with her characters and themes in well-meaning ways and this installment was no exception.
NovelKnight 11 days ago
It's time to return to the modern world in Come Tumbling Down. The fifth book in the Wayward Children series, it picks up after the events in Beneath the Sugar Sky and sees the return of Jack to our world. Well, sort of. I love Jack and Jill. They're probably my favorite Wayward Children to date. But  I'm not sure how I feel about this particular installment in their story. In some ways it felt absolutely right yet at the same time, something isn't sitting great either. We have another quest, another round of Jack versus Jill except this time there can only be one. Come Tumbling Down was definitely more on the horror side of things. Not scary-horror, but think a dark world of monsters and mad science. My kind of horror. And the monsters aren't all inhuman here either. I'm not sure what it was that didn't work for me. I enjoyed the book quite a bit but it wasn't quite as good as some of the previous ones? Perhaps I was just done with Jack and Jill. Had there not been another book, I would have considered their story complete. But I struggled with the questing in Beneath the Sugar Sky and I wasn't feeling it again here in Come Tumbling Down. I'm realizing that, in this series, the books I'm most drawn to have been the origin stories of the children finding their doors (and what happens after). And that's not what this is in any sense. The characters still hold true from past books, and I still have my favorites and least favorites, but I was distanced from them, as if watching the events unfold from afar. While this book primarily focuses on Jack, with the others orbiting around, I wasn't connecting with any of them. I did love that this book explores OCD in-depth with Jack, though I can't speak to how well done the rep is, but I liked that it went further than the previous books had because it didn't feel as brushed off this time. As much as I love Jack's character, I do hope this is the end of her story (in terms of it being a focal point). I'd really like to see a book explore Kade's story because it comes up time and again in each of the three "modern world" books but always ends up pushed aside. It's probably not a good sign when I start focusing more on the side characters than the main ones but unfortunately that's the case with Come Tumbling Down. I still enjoyed it, and this series as a whole (I definitely won't be giving them up anytime soon and hope there's more on the way!) but this installment just didn't quite hit home.
geni91782 22 days ago
Last year, I picked up Every Heart a Doorway (the first book in the Wayward Children series) because I had heard quite a few Booktubers talking about how much they loved it. It was short and the premise sounding interesting. I’m a fan of portal fantasy (think Narnia or Wonderland), so I figured it was worth a try. I ended up reading the entire series within a very short amount of time because I fell head over heels in love. I loved the quick little peeks into this world where children who have returned from portal worlds are trying to learn how to navigate life back in the “real world”. I loved the glimpses into the various portal worlds. I became ridiculously attached to characters that I only got to see for around 200 pages each book. And the characters I found the most interesting were Jack and Jill, twin girls who went to a world filled with monsters. So when I found out that Come Tumbling Down would be featuring The Moors, Jack and Jill’s portal home, I was beyond excited to read it! I’m happy to report that my excitement was well-rewarded. This book was as deliciously creepy as I was hoping it would be. The world of The Moors is dark and gothic and kind of makes me wish I had waited til spooky season to pick it up. The vibe of this story is perfect for that time of year! (There was no way I would have made it til fall to read this, though, let’s be honest) Seanan McGuire has such a magical touch with the written word that makes all her stories so wonderfully atmospheric. You become immersed in this dark tale to the point that you gasp and writhe right along with the characters. You can practically feel the lightning sparking around you as you tear through the pages. I loved losing myself in this novella. Now, I already loved the characters as we’ve met all of them before, but I appreciated getting to see a different side of quite a few of them in this book. Jack is such a complex person and the situation she is thrown into showcases a much more vulnerable side of her. I appreciated getting to see her vulnerability and I felt as though it was handled extremely well. I will say that I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get more of other characters’ POVs. I felt like it would have made the ending much more gut-wrenching. Still, it’s amazing how much growth can occur within such a short book. I could have done with a little less of a certain manic pixie dream girl, though… Final thoughts: This was another beautiful installment in the Wayward Children’s series! It hasn’t knocked Down Among the Sticks and Bones off the top spot, but it came really close.
ruthsic 3 months ago
In Come Tumbling Down, we dive back into Jack's and Jill's story, in a continuation of their story arc from Down Among the Sticks and Bones and their return to the Moors in Every Heart a Doorway. Jill, determined to have her desired life at her sister's expense, punishes her for killing and resurrecting her by trapping her in a situation that would most trouble her. So Jack and Alexis return to the school, for allies and help, which means the gang reassembles for another mission, and that means traveling to the Moors, a place that is much different from most of their own worlds, if not creepier. And yeah, this time the gang is sorta different, but there is still that chaotic teen energy there. They are friends and it comes out so well in the way they talk to each other, and how they understand that while they can't stay together they get it. I loved Christopher's and Jack's conversations, and Alexis meeting them all, and Kade being the goat herder for them all. Jack's finality with which she treats the situation with the sister pointed to such growth in her character and also played well with the monster theme of the Moors. She is done saving her unapologetic sister, and puts her found family as a priority. Her OCD also becomes a plot point, as she is put through quite some strain in that regard. As for the others, one thing that was brought up again and again was their return to their own worlds, and the doors that would lead them there, and why they choose to stay at Eleanor West's home and not settle in any other world that opens for them; Cora especially comes close to something like the Trenches in the Moors and has to decide if she is willing to wait for her door or not. I read this as an audiobook, but I did not enjoy the narration as much as I did in Down Among the Sticks and Bones, and this time around I was finding it confusing to keep track of the voices - some of them sounded too similar (like Christopher and Jack, despite Jack's formal style of speaking). Overall, though, it was another awesome quest/adventure and gives us closure on Jack's and Jill's story, so it was a great read.
AmyM43 3 months ago
4.5 Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke her crown and Jill came tumbling after. When last we saw twins Jack and Jill at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, Jack had killed her sister after Jill had murdered a fellow student. Jack was taking Jill back through their Doorway to the Moors – where death isn’t necessarily quite so lasting. But their story has yet another chapter, as Jack is once again brought back to Eleanor West’s in a storm of lightning very fitting for a mad scientist. Jack needs the help of her fellow students in order to keep order within the Moors where monsters dwell and the red Moon oversees all, and if Jill has her way it will all Come Tumbling Down. They’re about to throw that whole “No Quests” rule right out the window. Come Tumbling Down is another quest entry in the series much like the lovely confection that is Beneath the Sugar Sky which, for me, means that it moves at a quicker pace than I’ve found the prequel stories tend to be more languorous. After all, we’ve already learned Jack and Jill’s history and saw their previous future, so it’s only valid that we would get the ending as well. I think my review of In Absent Dreams stated that the series pivots around the first book of the series Every Heart a Doorway, but I’d like to amend that slightly by saying that each book revolves around Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children School – like a waystation as they wait for their doors to open once again – but the stories pivot around and have been so influenced, at least up to this point, by Jack and Jill. Without the events that transpired (because of Jill) in Every Heart we wouldn’t have necessarily needed, or gotten, the backstory in Sticks and Stones, and there would have been no quest in Sugar Sky. I feel like it’s rightful that there’s a finality to their story. Come Tumbling Down definitely provides that, for now. I say for now because really Seanan McGuire could turn all of this on its head in the next book. But it feels pretty final while also showcasing some of our students who have yet to get their own stories told such as Kade, Christopher, and Cora – I’d include the every delightful Sumi, but she already knows where her story is going so she just gets to be along for the sugar-coated sweet ride. You can’t go wrong with this series ever. Although the past books have been pretty good standalones and technically this one could work too, this time around it’s more beneficial to have all the details behind the Wolcott twins.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is the best in the series yet, and lovers of The Wayward Children series will not be disappointed. Jack returns to the children's home to request the help of her friends as, once again, Jill has created havoc. The children return to the Moors to help her save them. What makes this novella such a delight is McGuire's brilliant prose. At this stage, her characters are developed enough that readers know and understand their nuances, so McGuire can capitalize on this, and the passages of conversational banter between the friends are just excellent. They are witty, hilarious, perfectly written, fine art! I laughed out loud more in this book than in the past four combined. You do not want to miss out on this novella, and you want to buy the first printing. You will not regret it!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Thanks so much to NetGalley for this review copy of the new Wayward Children book from my favorite author Seanan McGuire! I have loved all of these books, so it's no surprise that I also loved this installment of the story of Jack and Jill. Again, great characters, terrific imagined world, will read again, and again! More!
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was a really great next book in the "Every Heart A Doorway" Series. Come Tumbling Down picks up where Beneath Stick and Stones left off. I really like Jack and I love how diverse the series is.
Marta Cox 4 months ago
If you follow this series then you probably thought we had heard the last of twins Jack and Jill but thankfully the author had yet another magical, imaginative and terrible story to tell. This time Jack needs help. because she's now in Jills body ! I will divulge no more because this as usual is a warped joy to read and I'm only rating this a four because I wanted it to be longer. Characters who will surprise and delight you. A story that for some ends happily and I cannot praise this fabulous series enough. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
CaptainsQuarters 4 months ago
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received a copy of this young adult fantasy novella eArc from NetGalley in exchange for me honest musings.  This be the fifth book in the series.  While I try to post no spoilers, if ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . I say this every time I finish one of these novellas but I seriously could read dozens of books set in the various worlds.  This be the fifth installment and ye have to read every heart a doorway (#1) and down among the sticks and bones (#2) first for this one to make sense.  I actually highly recommend reading this series in publishing order because I feel that the reader gets the best flow that way.  However, books #1, #3, and #4 can technically be read as standalones.  Each to their own. This installment showcases our end of Jack and Jill's story.  The Moors are in trouble and Jack needs the help of her friends at Eleanor West's School for Wayward Children to make things right.  I have to admit that I wasn't expecting more of the twins' story.  I would have been okay with the previous ending of book two.  That said, I still loved reading this one. Other readers may get something else out of the book but for me, this book was a glimpse into that nebulous transition between child and adult.  In all the other books, ye are following children who are struggling to find sense of self and their place of belonging.  They want to find their way back to their doors.  In this tale, Jack and Jill have previously found their way back to their door and the world in which they belong.  Jack is very clear about who she is and what she wants.  She is on the threshold of adulthood but not quite ready to make the final step.  Until circumstances dictate that she must. Now to be fair, none of the children in these novellas have good childhoods and all are forced to grow up faster than they would probably want.  They have been heroes and have faced adult problems but they still feel like children.  Jack's circumstances in book five (that involve spoilers) cause her discomfort because she already knows who she is and what her flaws are.  She already understands what the answer to the current problem is and how to accomplish her goal.  To win, she must make a grown-up choice and crossover into adulthood.  She calls on her friends so that she can. Her friends presence may seem unnecessary for this book when reading until ye look at the underlying issue.  The (spoilerly) circumstances that Jack be in cause Jack's mental state to fray and it is her brain that is her weapon.  Her friends are there to be emotional support and provide a buffer or even a distraction for Jack to keep herself together so she can succeed.  Romantic love isn't enough to help her win because love can distract.  However, the love formed through friendship can save the day. At least that's what I personally take from this novella. When the journey ends Jack's friends have completed a single quest on the path towards their futures in the name of friendship. Jack finally finds her future and in doing so grows up. Arrr!