Monday, 4 February 2013

Between Two Thorns [The Split Worlds #1] by Emma Newman

Title - Between Two Thorns
Author - Emma Newman


Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city.

The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer. 

There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs.

But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into. 


For today's review I am going to break away from the trend because I am such a hipster like that. I wanted to introduce a book I featured on my first TeaserTuesday, Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman. 

I have to admit when I first picked up this book I was expecting more Arabian Nights and less Artemis Fowl but nevertheless I enjoyed the new take on a fairy tale. The fairies or rather the Fae as put by Newman are far from the cutesy pixied little girls in green leaf frocks as put by Disney, in fact they are so far that. In a way they remind me of Victorians or a similar time period where people were concerned with social hierarchy, class systems, local politics and putting up a front for the society. 

The heroin of the book Cathy has had enough of the pretense of grandeur and civility in the Nether so has escaped into Mundanus [that is where us muggles live] in order to live an ordinary collage life but after an encounter with Lord Poppy she is forced to go back to a life where she has no choice in any occurrences that affect her. Ever the feminist I was rooting for her from start to finish.

The hero, if you can call a soulless and therefore emotionless Arbiter [a police of some sort] is Max. I suppose Max is an okay sort of character but he felt a little mechanical and not as fleshed out as Cathy but that might be probably because the whole emotionless thing.

I actually really enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would after the slightly slow start, once the action began it was one hell of a page turner. As with all first of series there are slow moments and a lot of details that need to be absorbed but I felt that Newman did a very good job of introducing and creating a world of dangerous politics, magic and a resentment for those of us that were born on the wrong side of the barrier. 

Overall I give it 3 out of 5 stars for an interesting journey to a fae society.

Product Detail
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Angry Robot
Language: English
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