SF/F Read Alongs: All Is Fair By Emma Newman. (Week 3)

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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Iris, comes to terms with her new status in Fae-touched society and seeks others who feel just as restricted by its outdated social rules.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 are by Coolcurry (aka Sarah) at The Illustrated Page

1. What do you think the fae could be breeding people for? And why Cathy and Will?

Oooh, It’s an UF/Regency Eugenics program! Maybe the Fae are trying to create their own Sorcerers? That would explain why all but two of the existing sorcerers have been so summarily removed from the elaborate game of chess that is the Split Worlds! If the Fae want to escape Exilium, they’ll need the support of sorcerers after all! Better to make your own sorcerers than try and work with the ones who jailed you? That’s my current theory anyway! (I think Sophia might be a result of this breeding program that has backfired/mis-timed or didn’t quite work out well enough! Maybe that’s why Sophie scared the other kids away? Yes, I’m thinking the Fae know all about Sophia!)


2. Cathy’s third wish starts to provide some hope right when things look most desperate. Do you think she has a shot? Will the book group end up being of any help?

I don’t know about the book group, but now that Cathy has found the determination and resolve to tackle the issue – her 3rd wish has finally been able to kick in! But remember the words she was focusing upon when the wish finally triggered?

“She had to do it herself. She would find a way to free all of the people held by the Agency, and she’d find a way to give women a voice and recognition and rights in society even if it meant destroying her own life in the process.”

In the words of a certain character played on TV by Robert Carlisle “All Magic comes with a price dearie!”


Which is my way of suggesting that Cathy may not survive to see the fruits of her labours!

3. Will’s landed in some dire straits. Do you think he’ll be able to wiggle out of it? Do you want him too?

Will is …. Will is Will. If anyone is going to wiggle out of this, I think it will be Will. Does he deserve to – is of course a completely different matter. It’s going to be interesting to see how poor Will reacts to being in such a situation after basically putting Cornelius into a similar and ultimately final place!

4. So much has been revealed about the Elemental Court. Do you think Sam’s making the right decisions? Will he be able to use his new power to create some change?

I don’t know. It’s suggested that the previous Lord Iron believed he could, but I don’t know If Sam really can or not… I mean, he still owes Poppy 5 years of his life! I doubt Poppy is just going to *coughs* write off that debt just because Sam is now a powerful player… *laughs* … Oh dear no. Sam you poor foolish fool!

5. Any other thoughts?

Yes. I have many thoughts. but most of them are in a continuous state of flux as I try to digest the twisty-twisty plots and revelations that we have just been exposed to.

Lucy has been conspicuous in her absence. I think that (As I said above) Sophia might be an early result of the Fae breeding program – possibly to raise a new breed of sorcerer loyal to the Fae. But who are Sophia’s parents… Wills mother and father seem very distant with regards to Sophia. Is it possible someone else produced her? Maybe a dalliance of Wills before he departed on his Grand Tour? Maybe his brother Nathaniel? Could Sophia be the reason that Lord Iris picked Will as one half of the latest breeding pair?

Oh yes, Wasn’t that a sudden and almost foot-note of an end for Cornelius?

What’s Sam liable to do, now that he seems to have easy access to the Nether and possibly even Exillium?

Bah! It’s almost too much – where’s the nearest fainting couch?

Well. A lot just happened, that’s for sure! I’ll certainly be back for the final week. But what did you think?

See you for week 4!


5 thoughts on “SF/F Read Alongs: All Is Fair By Emma Newman. (Week 3)

  1. Oh my, the fae breeding their own sorcerers, now that’s a possibility to think about. I tackled the question by asking what the fae would most want…probably to free themselves of the control of the sorcerers and arbiters, yeah? It would make a lot of sense for them to try and breed their own “champion” against their enemies.

  2. Good call on breeding Sorcerers. That’s… terrifying.

    The wording of Cathy’s wish should preclude her dying in achieving her goal: “I wish I could achieve my full potential, in such a way as to not draw the attention of the Arbiters, nor endanger my life, nor those of the individuals I love and care for – be they Fae, a member of the Great Families, or a mundane”. Brilliant wording.

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