Book two doesn’t believe in holding back any punches!
Following on from the events of book #1, Between Two Thorns. In Any Other Name, the story continues – with most events moving to London/Londinium.
Max and Ekstrand continue to investigate what happened to their organization in Bath. The Rosa’s might be down – but they’re not completely out just yet. Sam takes on a more prominent (If maybe not very sensible!) role in events. The Agency becomes more prominent. For Cathy, life has gotten a whole lot more complicated as her awareness of the plight of others is expanded!
Roll up, It’s book 2 – and the horses pulling this carriage aren’t showing any signs of slowing down just yet!
This is a gripping (although trying at times) read. Make sure you read Book 1 (Between Two Thorns) first!
I read this as part of the SF/F Read Along in June 2016.
Just like book 1, I gave this a 4 out of 5 on Goodreads. There are very trying and uncomfortable scenes and moments in this series – but they are part and parcel with the settings world building and plot.
“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.
“Emma Newman has built a modern fantasy world with such élan and authority her ideas of why and how the seemingly irrational world of Fairy works should be stolen by every other writer in the field.”—Bill Willingham, Eisner Award-winning creator of FABLES
“With a feather-light touch, Emma Newman has crafted a very English fantasy, one brilliantly realised and quite delightful, weaving magic, mystery and parallel worlds together with ease.”—Adam Christopher, author of MADE TO KILL.”
~ Goodreads Description.
This review was based upon the ebook of the 2016 re-print by Diversion Books. The first three Split World books (including Any Other Name) were previously published by Angry Robot Books. (I also own the physical copies of the Angry Robot editions.)