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?
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Okay, first off, can we take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this book is? The cover art is definitely what initially caught my attention.
Second, I am a sucker for ANYTHING Fae. So, naturally, when I read that we were getting the Fae realm in a Victorian society setting… swoon!
I love the initial setup of this novel. Right from the start little nuggets of deceit are dropping, creating a trail you feel the need to follow. Who are these people? What just happened? Did a faerie just do that? The intrigue builds and builds giving you moments where you just have to know what is going to happen next.
The idea of the “split worlds” is also very well done. You aren’t just given glimpses of each one. The main character is literally thrown into all three realms and spends time in each one, giving the reader an amazing picture and world to imagine.
Cathy’s introduction is gripping, as well. We quickly learn that she is no run-of-the-mill human and all the drama begins to unfold as quickly as chapter four. (Minor spoiler)
I loved how Newman kept me on my toes, giving just enough information to need to know what the next little, or sometimes big, detail would be. What little insight were we going to be able to glean from the next chapter? Who was going to be involved?
And oh, be still my heart, a cliffhanger of an ending. We know what’s happening, sure, but why?!? I need the next book!! (Oh. Duh. That’s why 😂😂)
“Dealing with her family wasn’t as bad as facing aliens with acid for blood, but the were still an unavoidable horror.” – Emma Newman, Between Two Thorns
“She wanted to play Mass Effect and eat chocolate and forget about it all, just for a few hours.” – Emma Newman, Between Two Thorns
The Iron King – Julie Kagawa
Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr
The Cruel Prince – Holly Black
Soulless – Gail Carriger