All Good Things
Cathy has finally escaped the Nether but finds her r ...more
This is quite tricky to explain without you having read the previous books but essentially it's set in a world which is split in 3. We have Mundanus, the human world, Excillium, the prison of the Fey ...more
This book is the completion of a lon ...more
Cathy has been on a massive journey. From the scared young woman in the first book to the Duchess of Londinium trying to effect social change, she has now grown into a true leader, Princess Leia rebel style.
For the first few books, Cathy was mainly ineffective, complaining but not a ...more
That said, it's still an entertaining and emotionally satisfying ride - Emma Newman is to be commended for both neatly wrapping up her loose ends AND managing to completely surprise me more than once.
I received ...more
I would have liked to have seen some Characters more fully explored but that's just nit picking.
Gorgeous well paced fabulous.
Across the previous four, she has spun an extraordinary number of stories and deployed many characters (a list might have been helpful by this stage!) Tying everything together would be a formidable challenge for any author. Doing so - as Newman does in All Good Things - while still keeping the story fresh and maintaining a sense of narrative drive must have been even harder. Yet All Good Things succeeds triumphan ...more
All Good Things is the fifth and final instalment of Emma Newman’s Split Worlds series. It is likely, by now, that you know whether or not you are on board with the style, characters, and plot, but as the final instalment of a successful series, we do have to ask: how well does she wrap it all up?
I enjoyed this series. It is silly and incredibly easy reading. The characters are very flawed and the ‘messages’ embedded in the novels are, at times, painf ...more
Well, here it is I finished the series...
It was really good as a whole, I loved the characters and their development, I loved seeing the nuanced point of views and even though I hate him I thought seeing Will's pov was super interesting and showed how not that easy it is to just put people in the "bad people" box and be done with it. He is horrible but he also somehow has a big heart when it comes especially to Sophia, who would have guessed.
He deserved a worst fate tho ...more
I loved the whole series and I gave 4 stars to the four other books but I found this one going a bit too fast and some choices felt a bit easy to me.
But I still liked this world and its characters a lot.
Though I wish there would have been more POV from women (or not as many from men, even though two of them are great) and more people of colours and not just adding two in book 4 and 5 that aren't even there that much.
Cathy and the new Lord Iron--Sam--have banded together to keep her safe from the Irises as well as figure out how to bring Nether society into the 21st century. Women in the Nether are treated less like modern women and more like the property they effectively were in the Regency era.
Since the fae-touched residents live in a pocket world where time isn't a factor, generations of Nether society have gone on for hundreds of years ...more
This series. In some ways, this review is for the entire thing and for Newman totally sticking the landing and successfully pulling everything together. I was about 1/5 of the way through and watching her unravel ends that had already seemed tidied up and wondering how she was going to finish it all in one book, but she did it, weaving everything in and getting it off the needles before it grew too big. (Here endeth the knitting analogy.) I ...more
I am so disappointed in you.
I truly am undecided on what kind of ending I want you to have. You are so far redeemable now. You don’t deserve Cathy at all. You cowardly twat.
I hope that Gargoyle does punch him in the face! William has become the very enemy both him and Cathy swore to fight. The lack of resistance and rebellion from him is turning him into disgusting sissy just like every sexist ‘gentleman’ from the Albion society.
I am scared for Sam and this ‘Beatric ...more
Of course, it is crucial that Newman has such a smoo ...more
The concluding book in the series was a very good conclusion that almost stuck the landing. While I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the series, the conclusion really failed to fill out the rest of the world building. In fact, it sort of undermined it.
Early in the series, we were treated to a comparison between late 19th century-ish England and a modern 21st-century world. The 19th-century version is dominated by fae and magic that maintains a rigid social order that ...more
"The days stretched ahead of her, filled with half-formed plans, fears, and worries, but above all else, hope. Everything was changing. At long last, the cloying stagnancy of the Nether was gone. She had destroyed it. She had fulfilled her potential, in Poppy’s eyes.
“Nah,” Cathy said to herself, reaching for her tea. She hadn’t reached her potential yet. She was just getting ...more
I started this series one week ago and was completely sucked in. So sorry that it's ended! I want more adventures with Max and the gargoyle!
Seriously, this is amazing world building, and the characters are incredibly nuanced. I still find it hard to completely hate Will -- what a great antagonist. The most amazing thing is that I had no idea where were going and how Cathy would solve the mess.
And Rupert's foul mouth was the most fun.
Loved this series and will be recommending it.
While the messages aren't exactly subtle, the story is fun enough and well written enough that I simply didn't care. My only gripe would be that it felt rather rushed, and some characters didn't get the time and attention I'd have liked. There is in fact room for a lot more stories of what happens next, and I hope that ...more
Cathy had gone a long way from the person she was in the beginning of the series. She used to be the person who wanted to change the world yet didn’t know how so she ended up being whiny and irritable but in the final book, she finally matured.
She and along the rest of the characters had finally grown up and began to do what was needed to be done.
As the plot unfolded, the anticipation rised as well. The ending was well executed and left me feeling satisfied.
Taken as a whole, this series has been one of the most compelling I have read, and the last two books in particular were riveting reading. I listened to them every moment I could.
I finished a book!!
This series is oh-so magnificent. It really is. It kept my interest and reignited my spark of reading when I thought it long dead. It was a very satisfying conclusion and I so wish Emma would return to this world at one point in another.
Max, though. My favorite.
'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