This read along of Between Two Thorns was organized by the SF/F Read Along group on Goodreads, and has been broken down into four, one week chunks, each week participants are asked some questions on what they think so far.
There WILL be spoilers beyond this point – and possibly swearing, prepare for profanity!
As I’ve already mentioned, here is the breakdown of chapters listed here. (Click on the links to see my posts for those weeks!)
Week 1: Monday 6th June, Chapters 1-6, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow.
Week 2: Monday 13th June, Chapters 7-13, hosted by x + 1.
Week 3: Monday 20th June, Chapters 14-20, hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog.
Week 4: Monday 27th June, Chapters 21-End, hosted by The Illustrated Page.
Any Other Name by Emma Newman.
Thought-provoking, wonderfully inventive, and filled with treachery and mystery, the soaring second book in the Split Worlds Series pulls Cathy, Will, Max, and Sam deeper into the twisted world of Fae-touched society.
Cathy has been reluctantly married into the Iris family and moves to Londinium, the magical Nether reflection of London, setting her on a collision course with the restrictive, high-pressure social circles that demand propriety and obedience, things the vocal and free-spirited Cathy cannot abide. Will, meanwhile, is trying to find a compromise for his new bride, but whispers in his ear are urging him towards dark deeds…
Sam, determined to dive back into the world of Exilium to rescue innocents, crosses paths with Cathy and Max once again as Max and the gargoyle uncover more information about the mysterious Agency and the chain of events that wiped out the Bath Chapter. Sacrifices, terrible deals, and dreadful revelations mark this second installment of Emma Newman’s wondrous Split Worlds series.
Any Other Name is book two of the Split Worlds series by Emma Newman. Check out my posts from the Between Two Thorns read along before reading the Any Other Name posts. My week one post can be found here.
This is my week two post for Any Other Name! (Posted a little early because I CAN!)
Week 2: Monday 13th June, Chapters 7-13, hosted by Imyril at x + 1.
1. Will wants to have his cake and eat it. Between his dealings with the Alba-Rosas and his efforts to coach Cathy for social success, how do you judge his behavior this week?
He hasn’t improved or redeemed himself in my eyes – merely making himself look even more seedy! He just assumes that Amelia wants him, whereas she is actually pressured out of fear/need/family obligation/security to become his mistress. Quite frankly I hope someone slaps him down (literally) sooner rather than later!
2. Cathy seems to be taking on the Agency – just as Max is sent to investigate them. Is she biting off more than she can chew?
I’m beginning to wonder more and more about this Agency. How have the Sorcerers and Arbiters remained ignorant of their presence/activities for so long! I smell something foul within the Nether – and It’s not JUST the stink of misogyny!
3. Max drops a lot of hints that Leanne may not be entirely her own woman any more. What do you think is going on at Leanne’s flat? – and do you think there’s any chance for Sam to save his marriage?
Remember everything I said (In the read along for Between Two Thorns) – well I don’t think that Leanne/Sam are being protected by/used by the Fae – I think this might actually be something to do with the Agency. The suggestion that Lord Iron is of the Elemental Court – and therefore not Fae hints at an even deeper mystery and so far unrevealed aspect to the Split Worlds! Are The Agency and the Elemental Court connected? As for the Marriage… No idea!
4. We get our first glimpse of London Society at the Tulipas ‘intimate’ dinner, and we get a hint that Cathy might be tempted to adapt her goals. What did you think of how she handled herself at dinner – and of how she reacted on the way home?
I think she handled herself quite well at diner… although she should have stabbed the drunken lech harder with that fork in my opinion – As for Cathy changing her goals, I don’t know… We’ll see!
There have been a couple of hints that trouble is brewing within Londinium – Highwaymen that utilize modern Mundanus weaponry! Could this be some kind of subversive ploy by either The Agency or Elemental court? Do the families within Londinium employ any kind of actual security (such as guards) to protect their properties and homes from this armed menace – if not, why haven’t they been attacked in their homes yet?
That’s my week two post for Any Other Name. What did you think?