SF/F Read Alongs: All Is Fair By Emma Newman. (Week 2)

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This read along of All Is Fair 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 probably (If books 1 & 2 are anything to go by) swearing, lots and lots of SWEARING! Prepare for profanity!

Here is the breakdown of the read along for All Is Fair, the third book in The Split Worlds series by Emma Newman.

Week 1: Monday 4th July, Chapters 1-6, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow.
Week 2: Monday 11th July, Chapters 7-14, hosted by ME, Hisham.
Week 3: Monday 18th July, Chapters 15-22, hosted by The Illustrated Page.
Week 4: Monday 25th July, Chapters 23-End, hosted by x + 1.

The Book:


All Is Fair by Emma Newman.

Caught in the insidious designs of powerful puppet-masters and playing a life-or-death game for control, Cathy and her comrades face their greatest challenge yet: changing the balance of power in the Split Worlds.

Now at the heart of the Londinium Court, deceit and murder track Will’s steps as he assumes his new role as Duke. Faced with threats to his throne and his life, the consequences of his bloody actions are already coming back to haunt him…

Meanwhile, Cathy, wrestling with the constraints of the Agency and Dame Iris, comes to terms with her new status in Fae-touched society and seeks others who feel just as restricted by its outdated social rules. As Max works with Cathy to uncover the horrors that underpin Fae-touched society, he bears witness as the final blow is struck against the last Sorcerers in Albion…

Darkly imaginative, vividly detailed, and genre-defying in scope, ALL IS FAIR is at once a thrilling and intellectual journey into worlds beyond sight. ”

~ Goodreads Description.

All Is Fair is Book three of The Split Worlds by Emma Newman, a planned five part series. Check out my posts from the Between Two Thorns read along and the Any Other Name read along before reading any of the All Is Fair posts.

This weeks questions (I hope they’re ok?);

1. We finally meet the Sorcerer of Mercia (Rupert?) – He is VERY different to Ekstrand. Not only does he seem younger and more adaptable to the modern world, he seems comfortable working with scholars from and In the Nether! As we compare and contrast the two Sorcerers, what does this say about Ekstrand – and does it change our views of his actions, behavior and decisions? Is he completely bonkers?

I’m finding the differences between Ekstrand and Rupert to be rather profound! Despite hints that Rupert is hundreds of years old, It seems Rupert is much more in tune with the modern mundane world! So much so that he comfortably uses computers, iPads and other modern tech and comforts… HE USES THE INTERNET PEOPLE!

Compared to Ekstrand who is a more traditional luddite – Rupert also comes across as rational and sane! Ekstrand seems rather standoffish and aloof, but Rupert seems almost lonely? He is quickly forming some kind of attachment to Margritte… It may not be romantic – but he does seem to be comfortable around her!

2. Cornelius and Amelia have been well and truly rumbled – Will knows how badly he’s been manipulated by the siblings, and exactly how! Do you think that either or both of the siblings might bounce back somehow? What about Will and Amelia’s baby? Did Amelia benefit inadvertently from the “help” Will received from Lord Iris’s faerie? If Amelia benefited, Why didn’t Cathy?

Amelia is in a corner… but she still has her own business and financial interests hidden away in Mundanus (as far as we know) to rely upon – so she could make a comeback of sorts later! As for Cornelius – now that Will knows about the manipulation and lies about the Tulipas… I don’t think Cornelius has much wiggle room left. His only hope might be his sister Amelia?

3. Skullduggery and Subterfuge! Sam has uncovered Leanne’s secrets and mission – Cathy is unearthing the secrets and like minded thinkers that Miss Rainer has kept hidden. Margritte and Bartholomew seem to have been likely allies to Cathy’s cause – is it possible Lord Iris/Poppy and the other Fae are Intentionally manipulating events to keep the current status quo/gender in-equality in Londinium? If So, to what end? As for Sam – what is he going to do with his new knowledge about Leanne or her findings?

It’s interesting to see yet another business that has a Nether connection – this time a bookshop! There’s also the interesting revelation of the monthly “Book Group” that Miss Rainer helped organize. But I am beginning to wonder if the manipulations of The Fae are indeed an attempt to keep the women of the Nether under lock and key?

As for the revelations about Leanne. It seems a bit weird for her to have devoted her ENTIRE LIFE to working as a spy to get close to Neugent – without so much as a conversation about it to her Husband, the man she would supposedly trust above all else? I’m actually wondering if that might be some kind of set-up? Maybe by Lord Iron? Maybe by the Fae/Lord Poppy? Are the ae in some kind of conflict/competition with the Elemental Court? (My head hurts….)

4. Where do you think the main characters are going to go now? Will Cathy meet Rupert? Will Rupert destroy Ekstrand? Will any more/new hidden players in this drama come into the center stage?

I think that as powerful and skilled as Ekstrand is, Rupert will survive – what’s more, Rupert once aware of Ekstrands war against him, will use Mundane technology and science alongside some rather modern applications of magic to absolutely trounce Ekstrand!

I really hope that Cathy somehow meets Rupert under ideal circumstances – they seem quite aligned in their thinking in many respects!

5. So much happened in this weeks chapters It was hard just limiting my questions to the above – What did you find to be the most interesting event/revelation? Or is there anything else you want to talk about?

Well, first up – We’re seeing to what extent the London Arbiters will aide or ignore certain members of Londinium society. But it’s hinted that the Iris’s aren’t the only benefactors of such arrangements? I wonder. What other families might be in play here? Why is it only North of the river that the Arbiters will look the other way? Are there more than one chapters of Arbiter in London? Are only certain chapters corrupted?

Max is actually considering thoughts of betraying Ekstrand to Rupert! Despite having legitimate concerns and reasons for doing so – Should he even be able to have these thoughts? Is this another side-effect of the Max/Gargoyle situation – or some other corruption at play?

Why is Manchester the ONLY city/town in Albion not to have a mirror in the Nether? I’m wondering if Manchester might be the seat of power for the Elemental Court?

Week two was a wild ride full of revelations and surprises! What did you think? How did I do with my questions? Please let me know…


… Until next week!



4 thoughts on “SF/F Read Alongs: All Is Fair By Emma Newman. (Week 2)

  1. The Leanne twist makes me growl. She increasingly feels like plot not person, which rubs me up the wrong way entirely (and that plot line -already- made me angry) – but I hadn’t considered whether she was under another influence too…

    The Thames is the boundary between two different Sorcerer’s territories, I think – north of the river is Essex and south is Kent – only Essex has been corrupted (so yes, two chapters of Arbiters).

    And yes yes yes – what is the deal with Manchester? I think that Lord Iron’s estate is up north too? So maybe this is reflecting Elemental influence? This makes me wonder about looking at cities that took off during the Industrial Revolution as markers for Elemental influence…

      • I can’t imagine any of them exist in the Nether – maybe there are big houses on the older estates around them?

        It reminds me of some of the broader discussion around Neverwhere: what on earth would Basingstoke Below be like? 😉 (and I think the answer is ancient and terrifying, without a hint of the modern town)

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