Between Two Thorns
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 re ...more
I had the wonderful pleasure of reading this book with all the good folks of the SF/F Read Along group, and I do recall being so glad when I saw Between Two Thorns on the docket since this a novel that has been on my to-read shelf for years now. With book four set to come out later this summer, it’s time to get caught up with the series.
The book follows four characters, but they’re introduced at different times and it’s ...more
The Split Worlds consists of the Mundane (where you and me live), Exlilium, and between the two, acting as a barrier of sorts is the Nether. The Great Families of the Nether are each associated with a Fae lord of Lady and this is reflected in their surnames, such as Catherine Rhoeas-Papave ...more
There’s a difference between theory and practice. In science, theories are meaningless without the empirical evidence to support them. In fiction—no matter how brilliant the idea—the execution of a story is everything. Here, it fails.
In theory, reading about two worlds co-existing in modern Britain and reading about the adventures of the fae in the mundane worlds sounds intriguing. The possibilities of seeing different cultures cl ...more
The clash of modern and 19th C values intrigued ...more
this is the latter.
nothing really stood out about between two thorns. it wasn't what i expected and this was one of those rare moments where i knew what i was getting into (side note: when i pick up a book, i immediately forget what it was supposed to be about so i have to check the blurb like 20 times to remember)
the blurb itself didn't have much about ...more
Between Two Thorns is a strange and pretty awesome story. On one hand we have the modern mundane world ie. London in our times and on the other we have Fae lands and a little inbetween. Cathy one of our main characters is dating a cute boy, watching sci fi movies, running away from her family, and studying at uni until it all comes crashing down when her family traces her after a run in with a Fae lord.
Having run ...more
I really enjoyed this story. The mix of magic, Victorian manners, and the modern world was interesting and well developed. It took me quite awhile to get into things, and I had a bit of trouble understanding how the different stories were going to fit together, but once I found myself drawn in it was hard to put down.
I really enjoyed Cathy. I liked her stubborn, rebellious, and snarly temper. I can imagine how h ...more
Well, it's been less than a week and I already almost forgot I'd even read it.
This book, like so many, has so much potential and interesting ideas, but falls flat in the execu ...more
It pains me to give Emma Newman a less than stellar review. But alas, neither this book nor its companion audio worked for me.
I’ve been following Newman for years, reading the free short stories she’d send to her email list, etc. She’s come a long way as a writer. The first two books of her Planetfall series were her best work yet.
Also I love good fantasy. But for me, this wasn’t that. Carol, whose taste I often agree with, gave it 1 star. I’d post a link to her review, but the review explic ...more
A nice twist on the magical parallel world idea with the young girl trying to escape the boring ,stale socially restricted place to the much more interesting real world. Nicely constructed Georgian magical society sitting alongside the modern world with a decent dose of family fueds and arranged engagements surrounding a few mysteries. Great characters.
A big cliff hangar to finish and glad to see the two sequels are long out
Ok, so there is the real world, known as Mundanus to those who know of the other worlds. There is Exilium, home of the Fae, and a very dangerous place for mortals. But in between, there is the Nether, with is neither here nor there. In this land live the Great Families, mortal, but fae touched and magical. While in the Nether they do not age, and life seems to be a nothing but a string of social climbing and political posturing between the great families.
Our heroine Catherine ...more
Emma Newman's novel, ‘Planetfall’ was one of my Best Reads for 2020. It was a strikingly original and Science Fiction book with a strong and unusual main character. When I went looking for more of her work, as well as adding the sequels to 'Planetfall' to my TBR pile, I discovered ‘Between Two Thorns'. It's the first book in her five-book fantasy series, ‘The Split Worlds’ which is set in mirror cities that connect our world with the world of the Fae.
I live in Bath so the first line of the publ...more
Cons: Catherine’s relationship with Josh didn’t feel real, book ends abruptly
Catherine Rhoeas-Papaver grew up in a powerful family of Aquae Sulis, the Nether version of England’s Bath. But she ran away to Mundanus, hoping to build a life for herself away from the machinations and abuses of her family. Now they’re bringing her back and forcing her to get married.
Meanwhile, the Master of Ceremonies has disappeared and a Bath Arbiter, charged with ...more
In fact, I'm not entirely sure what to make of this. I enjoyed reading it, but it didn't seem to pull together at the end -- instead of the first book of a trilogy, it felt like the first part of a book. It's not even exactly a cliffhanger ending, it's just... some things wrap up, but most things ...more
Catherine has tasted freedom and is hiding the world of the Mundane in Bath. She is found by her family patron the Lord Poppy who takes an interest in her and forces her to return to her family. Lord Poppy offers Catherine three wishes, all to be made before the ball.
It is understandable why Catherine would not want to go back hom ...more
This book got better and better with every chapter that passed. It's such an interesting blend of the real world and fae - mostly because of the 'fae touched'. Their in-between state added a unique element to this fantasy storyline that made it super enjoyable. The characters were all mostly spiteful and horrible to Cathy but I loved it - it made the mystery plot line to the story even better with all these horrid people being 'polite' in a backwards way to try and ...more
This book introduces us to a world of Fae-touched humans who live in a world called the Nether, which lies between our normal world (Mundanus) and the Fae-world (Exilium). There's a mystery, there's magic, there's danger and a gargoyle! I found this book charming and engaging.
My only quibble comes, probably, from my romance background. I really like Will (who I think is the hero -- he has one of the 4 POVs). An upsta ...more
Meet the intricate and difficult world of Nether. It’s a place between our world (called Mundanus) and the world of the Fae (Exilium). One of the big cities is Aqua Sulis and all the important and Fae-touched families live here. This book tells the story of several characters.
First we get to know Sam, a Mundane. He is in the wrong place at the wrong time and that makes him a valuable eye-witness. He has no idea what is going on whe ...more
In fact, Newman utilizes several POVs to offer differin ...more
It's not. Between Two Thorns is one of my favourite kinds of fantasy - the line between two worlds, and the people who live there. In this case it's the human or Mundane world and Exilium, the prison world of the fae. The line is the Nether, where the human puppets of the Fae live in strict and stifled social classes in mirror cities tethere ...more
DO NOT READ THE SYNOPSIS OF THIS BOOK, it's so spoilery, omg, it actually talks about something that barely happen during the last 3rd of the book and which I think will mostly happen in the next books more than in this one!
Not sure yet if I'm giving this a 4 or a 4.5, it also depends on what happens in the next books and in which direction the story goes from here.
I really enjoyed the story and the characters, I wish there had been a ...more
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'Between Two Thorns', the first book in Emma's Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel and Best Newcomer awards.
Emma's latest book, Planetfall, is a standalone science fiction novel published by Roc.
Emma is a professional audiobook narrator and also co-writes and hosts the Hugo-no ...more