Between Two Thorns (The Split Worlds: Book 1) by Emma Newman
Genre/Themes: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fae, Young Adult, Mystery, slight-abuse, Victorian?
I really enjoyed this book.I loved the story and a few of the main characters immensely. This is definitely a world against our main heroine and… ugh I’m frustrated but, I love it.
The world is split. There is the Mundane world: the one we know and live in, Exilium: the land of the Fae, and Nether: The one in between that mirrors Victorian era England. Those in this mirrored world are loyal to their Fae masters, each family under a specific Lord or Lady of the Fae court. Catherine Rhoeas-Papaver is born into this world and hates every moment of it. Having finally escaped into the normal life in Mundanus she feels free. But, one can’t hide from the Fae forever.
Cathy’s path will cross with Max, who is trying to solve the mystery behind a mass murder, and Sam who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and things just keep getting worse for him. The story weaves them together until they finally meet and work together to solve the disappearance of a high ranking person in the Nether which may shed light on the mass murders and other things going on in all three worlds.
There are 4 main characters:
Cathy– who wishes to live a normal life in the Mundane
Will– Cathy’s arranged fiance who loves the life in the Nether
Max– An Arbiter who polices Fae & Fae-touched who live in the Nether, making sure they don’t hurt humans in the mundane
Sam– Poor normal guy caught up in all of this just from being in the wrong place at the wrong time
We have some great characters here although, I preferred things when Cathy was involved. I enjoyed her character and spirit.
I did find the beginning a tad slow. It took me a while to understand the world and what was going on. A few things were confusing, but later cleared up. I am still a bit confused on how the Nether works… if structures need to be in the human world to exist in the Nether… do all houses exist in the Nether? What about stores? And how do they still have such older houses?(This last one may be me showing how little I know of England.)
The story was very interesting and with multiple perspectives there is a lot to take in. Sometimes it felt I was a part of juicy gossip and hearing about these exploits of others… it was so exciting.
I hate the ending haha I’m so frustrated!!! It can’t end there! I need more! I’ll be looking up the second book soon.
I really enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it to others. Like I said, starts slow, my % read slowly crawled then suddenly I was over halfway done caught up in the adventure and before I knew it I was at 98% dreaded the last 2 and the coming end.
I so desperately need to read more…
Have you read this book before? The series? If so, how quickly should I read the next? ^_^ How do you feel about books about Faeries?
Let me know~