Sunday, December 29, 2013

Reviews: The Split Worlds by Emma Newman

Both of the books reviewed here are from 
The Split Worlds series by Emma Newman.
My review for Between Two Thorns (Split Worlds #1) is HERE.

Any Other Name Title: Any Other Name (Split Worlds #2)
Author: Emma Newman
Published: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Angry Robot
Format: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 0857663240

Synopsis:

Cat has been forced into an arranged marriage with William - a situation that comes with far more strings than even she could have anticipated, especially when she learns of his family's intentions for them both.

Meanwhile, Max and the gargoyle investigate The Agency - a mysterious organisation that appears to play by its own rules - and none of them favourable to Society.

Over in Mundanus, Sam has discovered something very peculiar about his wife's employer - something that could herald a change for everyone in both sides of the Split Worlds.


Any Other Name is the second book in The Split Worlds Trilogy. It picks up with Catherine (Cathy) being married to William, which is the last thing she wants! Cathy is a very independent female character struggling for her own place in the world where she doesn't belong to someone else. Being the eldest daughter of one of the most powerful Fae families comes with many downfalls for poor Catherine.

As of the end of this book, I have really mixed feelings towards the character of William. He always seems shady to me, yet still manages to try so hard to make Cathy happy in their arrangement. But sometimes, even the wonderful William goes terribly astray.

I thought this book was a great read. Newman's writing brought the characters to life and the story clicked into place nicely. Max and the Gargoyle are back, too! I just love those two rascals. The story had an excellent pace and kept me intrigued.

5 stars to Any Other Name!


All Is Fair Title: All Is Fair (The Split Worlds #3)
Author: Emma Newman
Published: Sept 24, 2013
Publisher: Angry Robot
Format: Ebook; 416pg
Source: Purchased

Synopsis:

In love and war nothing is safe.

William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. But those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. Sometimes for good.

While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. But an unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for.

Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle’s controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all?


All Is Fair is all about the main female character, Cathy, and her struggle for independence and equality. At first, this struggle is simply for herself. However, as her view of things broaden, so do Cathy’s priorities. She decides to take on equality in the NeverNever, the fae world.

The character of William, Cathy’s husband, had just a successful and powerful arc as she did. At the end of book 2, Any Other Name, I really disliked him. But, by the end of All Is Fair, I thought he was at least attempting to be the best man he could be.

It seemed there were still a lot of unanswered questions. I don't know if there will be more books in the series or not, but it seems that the possibility was definitely left open.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a quick and enjoyable read!

5 stars to All Is Fair!
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