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.
“I’ve found both the loves of my life, and I’m not so arrogant – although I am, let us be clear, quite arrogant – as to think I could do better.”
With Come Tumbling Down, Seanan McGuire returns to the story of Jack and Jill Wolcott. The story that was started in book two, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, continued in book one, Every Heart a Doorway, and now completed in Come Tumbling Down. This time, Jill has done something unforgivable: she has taken Jack’s body for her own so she can become a vampire.
This was not my favourite Wayward Children novella. I was kind of hoping to be done with Jack and Jill. They had their stories already. A few times now. We know the Moors, the world they live in already. And I really didn’t think Come Tumbling Down really added much that we didn’t already see before. We have more quests, even though they are strictly forbidden at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children (though at least that was addressed this time). We lose more kids to their worlds.
And really, Come Tumbling Down was an excuse for Jack to play at and sound like a science nerd, while also freaking out about her OCD, how the body she is in is unclean, and worrying about what Jill could possibly be doing to her body and how much it will take to clean it again when she gets it back.
I wanted to like Come Tumbling down, but I just never did. I couldn’t get into it, and I didn’t really get anything new out of it. The parts I liked the most were the parts that were the least focused on. As much as I loved Every Heart a Doorway, each book since has been pretty hit or miss for me, mostly miss, and after Come Tumbling down I’m going to need to reevaluate whether I’m going to continue reading this series.