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The Split Worlds Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Emma Newman
Series: The Split Worlds, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
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It’s Downton Abbey with magic, in Bath’s secret mirror city

Cathy has been forced into an arranged marriage with William Iris - a situation that comes with far more strings than even she could have anticipated, especially when she learns of his family’s intentions for them both.

Meanwhile, Max and the gargoyle investigate the Agency - a mysterious organization that appears to play by its own twisted rules, none of them favourable to Society.

And in Mundanus, Sam has discovered something very peculiar about his wife’s employer - something that could herald disaster for everyone on both sides of the Split Worlds.

©2013 Emma Newman (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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"Magical, exciting and clever." ( Fantasy Faction)

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  • April Harper
  • 09-10-2019

irritating heroine

I barely made it through the book. It is beyond frustrating that the supposedly powerful, rebellious, independent, free-thinking heroine, Cathy freezes into silence and immobility every single page. EVERY PAGE, first at least half of the book. It becomes so ridiculously predictable that you could make it into a drinking game - every time Cathy is spoken to, has to be seen in public, is confronted with any uncomfortable situation, etc. she is incapable of speech or movement. Yet somehow, we are to believe she is world-savvy and quick-witted. It is really sad to see a character gutted like this by its author. Not sure I can stand any more of it to read the third book.

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  • JTF
  • 09-01-2014

A Stellar Sequel in the Split Worlds Trilogy

I've indulged in the first binge reading since I read Lord of the Rings over a long summer weekend (I think 4-5 days) back in middle school: the Split Worlds Trilogy has me doing some serious binge reading. I started over the Christmas holiday, and finished the series just after the new year begun. So what was it about this series that pulled me in? Well, it's fabulous for reasons I've given for Between Two Thorns and will enumerate here as well. The real push is probably that Ms. Newman can write a serious cliffhanger.

This follow on to Between Two Thorns picks up the narrative pace and continues to weave a marvelous web. I have nothing new to add to my comments from my Between Two Thorns review on the Audible book side other than to say she continues her lovely narration.

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  • Sara
  • 11-01-2018

Just no!

There are lots of things I enjoy about this book but Will is a horrible human being. I think he's supposed to be redeemed over time but I don't think Cathy should ever forgive him. Since he is such a pivotal character in the book, I can't let the following slide

* sorry for the spoilers *



1. Sleeps with another woman on his wedding night to Cathy
2. Frequently tries to kiss Cathy because she's his wife and belongs to him, gets angry that she won't kiss him
3. Most importantly, gives Cathy a potion that makes her unable to keep her hands off him and therefore loses her v-card. I'm sorry, but this is akin to date rape, guard your drinks ladies
4. Is stupid and gullible about his mistress and her family.
5. Do you really want me to go on?

Anyways, if Will was absent from the story I would have really have enjoyed it. But considering he rapes his wife I'm OUT. If he were the good guy he supposedly is, he wouldn't have done any of these things.

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  • Celtic Exile
  • 10-07-2013

Learn when it is time for lemon drizzle cake

Sometimes you start reading about a fantasy world and it sticks with you for precisely the length of the book, sometimes it does not last even that long. The split worlds will stay with you until long after you put it down. If the first book (Between Two Thorns, Seriously, Read It) was an introduction to the world then this book is the main course. So many carefully worn threads from book 1 are explored but it remains true to the extant characters. You will find yourself laughing, crying, feeling deeply uncomfortable even at times, but always you feel for the people. The chapters between Cathy and William are without a doubt some of the most hair raising moments of the year for me and I watch Game of Thrones! I had palpable tears and roared in raucous laughter and all I can hope is that this is book 2 of so many more than just 3.

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  • Beccameriel
  • 26-06-2013

More fairies in London

I'm warming to Cathy as a heroine - she started off a bit wet but is beginning to show signs of character. This is very much a middle volume as it doesn't really come to a satisfactory conclusion in the same way that Between Two Thorns does. You definitely need to read that one first and now I can't wait for the concluding part of the story.

I've upped my rating of Emma Newman's narration from the first volume as I've come to really like her reading :)