Come Tumbling Down

Wayward Children #5

Seanan McGuire

fiction fantasy
adventurous dark medium-paced

208 pages | first published 2020

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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adventurous 95%
dark 82%
emotional 35%
tense 33%
mysterious 27%
sad 19%
funny 10%
hopeful 10%
reflective 7%
challenging 5%
lighthearted 5%
inspiring 2%
relaxing 1%


fast 67%
medium 31%
slow 0%

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Character: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 62% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 15% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 6%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 96% | It's complicated: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 6% | No: 4% | N/A: 0%

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