Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman

 

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Title: Between Two Thorns
Author: Emma Newman
Publisher:  Angry Robot
Format: eBook
Publication Date: February 26,2013 
Overall: 4 out 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?

 Review:

 

Between Two Thorns was definitely a unique read. It had a mix of modern and Victorian, which was actually very interesting. There were numerous different points of view, and usually that bothers me, but I was actually very happy with the way it was done in the book.

 

I felt very bad for Catherine throughout this entire book. I felt that her life was entirely unfair, and I truly hate her family. I know her brother is supposed to be better than the rest, but in a way he angered me more than any of the others. He won’t do anything to help his sister, he let’s her be abused and used, and then proceeds to call her selfish for having the guts to walk away.

 

Will was a different character because I never felt bad for him. His life was far too easy, even if he didn’t enjoy it and would’ve wished for more. At times I felt he treated those around him disparagingly, but I did find his wanting to protect Catherine as much as he could admirable.

 

There is an interesting story that seems like it will be followed throughout the trilogy, and Max and the gargoyle were definitely some of my favorite characters in this first installment. Emma Newman does a fantastic job of mixing fantasy with seeming mundane life.

 

I will definitely continue this series and I would probably give it a 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason for the slightly lower rating, would be because at certain parts it did feel over-explained and a bit tedious. I would imagine that this will get better as the author delves further into this word.

 

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4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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Happy Reading Everyone!

Kasey