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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.
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 :)
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.
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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