Review: Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman

Between Two Thorns - Emma NewmanPublisher: Angry Robots (February 26th 2013 )
Paperback: 384 pages
Source: Netgalley
Series: The Split Worlds
Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city.

The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer.

There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs.

But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?


An interesting idea, the parallel worlds and secret mirror cities, especially since the magical realm still has the history and feel of Victorian era England, while the the other world is just modern day. However I’m kind of sitting on the fence with this book. It has its intriguing moments but I also found it to quite confusing getting myself organized in this universe.

Max is an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty who realizes something is corrupted is happening, Catherine is a daughter of one of the greatest family of Aquae Sulis, but she just wants to live a normal human life, oh and than there’s Sam, the human, who’s memories are locked because he witnessed something he shouldn’t have. Somehow, someway, the three of them become intertwined.

I think I might have enjoyed it more if it had not taken so long for me to sort out the confusing universe and jargon, I just couldn’t wrap my mind around what was happening, even half way through the book. There’s a lot of potential and interesting premise, and I think it could be an awesome read if you’re not muddling through (unfortunately I can’t seem to get myself into Fae books yet :/).

Overall, not too bad, but choose wisely if this is your style of book. It could be great, or it might be a drag.

{*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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0 Replies to “Review: Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman”

  1. Hmm, interesting. I’m curious. Sounds like a loose start to a series. Thank you.

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