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review 2017-12-10 17:30
All is Fair by Emma Newman
All is Fair: The Split Worlds - Book Three - Emma Newman

Series: Split Worlds #3

 

This book took me quite a while to get through, so this is actually the first book I've finished in December, but that shouldn't be viewed as a negative reflection on the book. The book (and the series) is great. Here we have the aftermath of the last book playing out and Cathy learns more about the Agency and tries to find new ways to help people in the Nether now that she's duchess. William even redeems himself a bit and the side plot with Lord Iron really didn't go the way I expected. I didn't expect the sorcerer of Mercia stuff to go the way it did either. Unexpectedness all around! 

 

The green cover lets me count this for square 10 for Festive tasks, Pancha Ganapati: read a book whose cover has one of the 5 colors of the holiday: red, blue, green, orange, or yellow.

 

I've decided to count this book for square 7's International Human Rights Day book instead, read any story revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused. Cathy learns that even though she's paying the Agency for her servants as if they're earning wages, the servants don't actually receive wages and so she sets out to change this in her household. She also tries to seek out like-minded people who could help her fight for women's rights in the Nether.

 

And you know what's next in the series? The fourth book! (I'm pretty that's one of the other squares). [edit: square 5, actually: Advent]

 

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text 2017-11-29 13:09
Reading progress update: I've read 21%.
All is Fair: The Split Worlds - Book Three - Emma Newman

As usual with books in this series, I'm having fun with this. And I have to say that Lord Poppy (one of the fae) is delightfully mad and such a flake. This is from an exchange earlier in the story:

“Are you saying the eldest son of my favourite family line has nothing to offer?” Poppy asked sharply.
“Not in entirety, Lord Poppy. I’m sure Thomas has a great deal to offer to the academic community in matters of twentieth-century warfare, but, as I far as I know, that knowledge may not be the most useful at Court.”
“He’s intelligent and very tall,” Poppy said, chin in the air. “Both qualities will serve him admirably.”

It's too bad Axon (Ekstrand's butler) and Petra (his librarian) haven't had big parts to play so far.

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text 2017-11-28 13:27
Reading progress update: I've read 0%.
All is Fair: The Split Worlds - Book Three - Emma Newman

Oh look what next book in the series conveniently has a green cover for Pancha Ganapati!

 

Book themes for Pancha Ganapati

Read a book whose cover has one of the 5 colors of the holiday: red, blue, green, orange, or yellow.

 

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review 2017-11-28 01:14
Any Other Name by Emma Newman (audiobook)
Any Other Name - Emma Newman

Series: Split Worlds #2

 

Still loving this series and enjoying the reread by audio. Now I'm all set to dive back into the next book!

 

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review 2017-11-15 13:00
Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman (audiobook)
Between Two Thorns - Emma Newman

I reread this because I thought a rereading might be good before continuing on with the series since I have a tendency to forget things. Also, I was curious what it would be like to have Emma Newman narrate her own book. Her narration was good but not quite as...enthusiastic? as I was expecting after listening to her podcast, Tea & Jeopardy. I still really enjoyed it though.

 

You can read my original review here. Basically, fae exist and there's an in-between world called the nether where the people who serve the fae live. These people are definitely stuck in the past, partly because people don't age while they live in the nether, so many of the people of power were actually born hundreds of years ago. Our main character, Cathy, was born into this society but escaped into the real world to try to live a less restricted life. Of course, her past catches up to her, and she's forced back into her family's world, completed with a forced engagement.

 

There's also these people called arbiters, who are supposed to police magic and the fae-touched people in the real world. They're impervious to magic because they've had their souls dislocated from their bodies and stored in jars. This apparently makes them very ugly and almost completely emotionless and through a series of events, one of them has his soul transferred to a gargoyle, which is just great.

 

Anyway, I was reading this just for fun, but then I noticed that there was a poppy on the cover so I could count it as the book for Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day "read a book with poppies on the cover". Of course, as it turns out, I'm planning to read a book about WWII after all, but I figure I might as well count this one now and if I finish the other one on time it'll just count as bonus stars.

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