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?
File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Gargoyle Sidekick | Finder's Keepers | A Rose By Any Other Name | Manners ]
About the Author
Emma Newman was born in a tiny coastal village in Cornwall during one of the hottest summers on record. Four years later she started to write stories and never stopped until she penned a short story that secured her a place at Oxford University to read Experimental Psychology. In 2011 Emma embarked on an ambitious project to write and distribute one short story per week all of them set in her Split Worlds milieu completely free to her mailing list subscribers. A debut short-story collection, From Dark Places, was published in 2011 and her debut post-apocalyptic novel for young adults, 20 Years Later, was published just one year later presumably Emma didn t want to wait another nineteen Emma is also a professional audiobook narrator. She now lives in Somerset with her husband, son and far too many books.
“Emma Newman has built a modern fantasy world with such élan and authority her ideas of why and how the seemingly irrational world of Fairy works should be stolen by every other writer in the field.
Her characters are complex and troubled, courageous at times and foolhardy.
This book of wonders is first rate.”
- Bill Willingham, Eisner Award winner, and creator of Fables
“Emma Newman has created a reflection of Bath that reminds one that charming is not safe. Between Two Thorns shows the darkness beneath the glamour of the social Season. Learning to be a young lady has never seemed so dangerous.”
- Mary Robinette Kowal, Hugo award winner, and author of Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass
"With a feather-light touch, Emma Newman has crafted a very English fantasy, one brilliantly realised and quite delightful, weaving magic, mystery and parallel worlds together with ease. Newman may well be one of our brightest stars, The Split Worlds: Between Two Thorns just the beginning of a remarkable journey."
- Adam Christopher, author of Empire State and Seven Wonders
“Emma Newman is an extraordinary new voice in SF/F.”
- Paul Cornell, Hugo Award winner, and author of London Falling and Saucer Country
"The world building was done really well. I think that it helped to enhance the story and draw me in deeper. The different characters were interesting to read about. Cathy was my favorite main characters. Her determination and spirit made her a strong character with a unique voice."
-The Life & Times of a Book Addict
“Between Two Thorns is a book that is packed with a ton of things to entice the reader … I can definitely recommend this to readers of urban fantasy if you are looking for something different”.
-Shadowhawk, Founding Fields
“This was a well-crafted fantasy novel which makes a great start to a new series … I can’t wait to see what happens next.”
-Rebecca, Book Chick City
If you like a bit of fairy magic, the juxtaposition between ancient and modern, here and there, and you don’t mind being left in suspense for a good few months, you’ll really enjoy it. 10/10
-Hierath, Fantasy Faction
“Between Two Thorns is an excellent read and I highly recommend it to fantasy fans looking for something a bit different, particularly in the form of merging modern day settings with fantasy worlds.”
-Tsana, Tsana’s Reads
"I really enjoyed the world building as well. The way the ‘mundane’ world and the nether co-exist, the politics of court life, and the machinations of the fae (who lurk in the shadows) all combine to make the Split Worlds such an intriguing place to visit, and one I’ll want to visit again when the sequel, Any Other Name, is released in June and again when the final book in the trilogy, All is Fair, come out in October."
"JK Rowling meets Georgette Heyer"