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The story told in Between Two Thorns is somewhat linear and dull and despite the promising setting and synopsis, it is not a book I was able to warm to, try as I might. We have a handful of characters with their own POVs, though none of them are especially likeable. Catherine is a well-born daughter of one of the fae-touched families think high society somewhere between Victorian court and Regency, with a few things from other eras mixed in and she wants none of it.

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Instead, she bargained her way to university before running away and abandoning her life completely. Cathy is in big trouble. William, freshly returned from his grand tour and ready to impress his father, is keen to marry. Until his father announces his political match and William wants the world to swallow him whole.

With magic and intrigue and the mystery of a missing person to solve, Between Two Thorns should have been wonderful. Badly paced, dull and offering little in the way of plot or real story, this book just did not do it for me. Frankly—and I always feel bad for saying this—it was boring.

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Nothing seemed to happen. It was predictable and yet at once unfathomable in the worst of ways. In an attempt to modernise Cathy away from the fae-touched, I think Newman succeeds only on removing any sense of real character by trying far too hard to make her exceedingly ordinary.

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Ordinary characters are boring. So, too, are characters at the opposite end of the scale; characters like William. Until Lord Poppy found her. She has one chance to change her fate when she finds out her uncle the Master of Ceremonies has been abducted, and it seems another family is at the heart of it.

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This fanciful tale of the girl who just wanted to be normal is the start of the Split Worlds series, and the re-release is in preparation for the fourth book, A Little Knowledge. It shows itself to be the beginning to a much larger story arc, and the conspiracy it weaves makes you want to jump right into the next part of it. Continue the series. See more. Book 2. 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.

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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. Book 3. 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.

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 Book 4.

Pressured by his Fae patron, Lord Iris, Will struggles to maintain total control whilst knowing he must have a child with his difficult wife.

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Cathy wants to muscle the Court through two hundred years of social change and free it from its old-fashioned moral strictures. But Cathy learns just how dangerous it can be for a woman who dares to speak out Meanwhile, as Sam learns more about the Elemental Court it becomes clear that the Fae are not the only threat to humanity.

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Sam realises that he has to make enemies of the most powerful people on the planet, or risk becoming the antithesis of all he believes in. Threatened by secret societies, hidden power networks, and Fae machinations, can Sam and Cathy survive long enough to make the changes they want to see in the world? Book 5. His wife, Cathy, has left him, a fact that will destroy him if it becomes public. To keep his position—and survive—he needs to get her back, whatever the cost.

When the strange sorceress Beatrice offers her a chance to earn true freedom by joining the quest Sam has been bound to, Cathy agrees. And Beatrice, a self-taught and powerful killer, is not without her enemies.

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Rupert, the last sorcerer of Albion, is obsessed with finding and destroying her. He orders Max and his gargoyle to help him, pulling them away from protecting innocents. As the Arbiter and his partner face the ugly side of their responsibilities to Rupert, they begin to question where their loyalties should truly lie.

Amidst death, deceit, and the fight for freedom, friendships are tested, families are destroyed, and heroes are forged as the battle to control the Split Worlds rages to its climatic conclusion. More in urban fantasy. Six Fantasy Stories Volume Two.

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The music of his dying idol, Omar Wild, throws open the door to tomorrow, but Bobby doesn't like what he sees. A faded torch singer will die unless Bobby plays an impossible song, one that will force him to go solo in a race against time and the fight of his life.