In December, NetGalley looks back over the year’s titles and picks out its Top Ten that it thinks we should all be paying attention to. This year they chose Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman as one of their Top Ten Books of the Year! This is such a fantastic book, and I’m really pleased that NetGalley has chosen to share their love for it.

Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman, March 2013

Here’s what NetGalley had to say about Between Two Thorns:

“This is the kind of book you dream of discovering over the course of a year: the beginning of a series that you know you’ll be desperate for the next volume as soon as you’ve finished the first. This slice of urban fantasy, set among the denizens of Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city, is a wonderfully realised and utterly absorbing tale that you won’t be able to resist!”

Between Two Thorns is the first in The Split Worlds, an urban fantasy series filled with magic, mad sorcerers, evil faeries, a dash of noir, and people just trying to drink their tea in peace. If you haven’t had a chance to get lost in the wonderful world of this series yet, Between Two Thorns is now up on NetGalley again and available for requests! Just click on the image below:

Between Two Thorns

Emma has had some amazing reviews for Between Two Thorns, as well as Any Other Name and All Is Fair, and if you’re wondering what makes it one of NetGalley’s Books of the Year, just look at these:

“JK Rowling meets Georgette Heyer…Newman renders the Split Worlds with verve and an infectious sense of fun, and presents in Cathy a strong and personable heroine.”
– Eric BrownThe Guardian

“The plot is pure candy. I went right out and got the second book.”
– Locus Magazine

“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 is just the beginning of a remarkable journey.”
– Adam Christopher, author of Empire State and Seven Wonders

Between Two Thorns is magical, exciting, and clever. It manages to conjure a world that feels completely natural but also mysterious, sometimes dangerous, sometimes funny, combining several different kinds of urban fantasy into one story, and capturing a lovely sense of modern Britishness that is reminiscent of other fantastic British fantasy. I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel!”
– Fantasy Faction

“An enchanting novel from Emma Newman, an urban fantasy that has no sign of tattooed women in leather pants. A headstrong scion and an investigator discover dark doings in the outwardly genteel world of Bath’s secret mirror city.”
– Paul Weimer, SF Signal

Between Two Thorns really was an unalloyed pleasure to read and it’s hard to write a review for it that isn’t just gushing … Newman has created a unique blend of urban, historical, and crime fantasy clothed in a Regency veneer. Between Two Thorns is delicious, engrossing, and enchanting and, so far, my debut of the year.”
– Mieneke van der Salm, A Fantastical Librarian

“a modern fantasy that playfully mixes magic and interesting characters into an intriguing mystery.”
– John DeNardo, Kirkus Reviews

“Treading similar thematic ground to the likes of Clive Barker’s Weaveworld and Neil Gaiman’sNeverwhere, Emma Newman’s first Split Worlds novel still manages to be a wonderfully iconoclastic affair. I feel like I’ve only been given a tantalising glimpse through a fantastical doorway.”
– Pablo Cheesecake, The Eloquent Page

Between Two Thorns is a fascinating new take on the fairytale myth, and it keeps the elegance and old-fashioned glamour we tend to associate with the fae whilst adding a fresh modern perspective.”
– Ros Jackson, Warpcore SF

“Wow, what a book! I can’t remember when was the last time I enjoyed reading something so much … a stunningly original take on the Faerie myth and worthy beginning of one of the most exciting fantasy series on the market today.”
– Kris at Upcoming4me

“Missing people, kidnap, three wishes, charms, deception and Grand Tours collide in a story that’s part fairytale, part fantasy, part Jane Austen, with a sprinkling of bonkers brilliance.”
– Sarah Watkins, And Then I Read a Book

“As with all first of series there are slow moments and a lot of details that need to be absorbed but I felt that Newman did a very good job of introducing and creating a world of dangerous politics, magic and a resentment for those of us that were born on the wrong side of the barrier.”
– Beth Syler, Sky Rose Reviews

“This novel draws you in from the very first, tempting you with magical creatures set against present day Bath. I tried only reading one chapter just to test the writing style, etc but found myself, a few hours later, having read a vast amount of the book … It sits beautifully within my favourite type of fantasy novel, fairy tale within the present day.”
– Sarah Bruch for SF Crowsnest

“The world-building in this novel was very strong and was what transformed this novel into something distinctive.”
– Christal at Badass Book Reviews

Between Two Thorns had good prose, great characters, and was a well done mystery. I recommend it to anyone who loves faeries, high society related books, and/or a good mystery.”
– Momo the Mome Rath at Where the Mome Raths Outgrabe

“a solid start to a great new fantasy trilogy that will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys urban fantasy, stories about the Fae and detective stories.”
– Elloise Hopkins

“The sensory language was fantastic – especially when we were in the Nether or in Exilium. That’s where Newman really shines the most – showing us entirely new worlds that are only connected by a thin string, and that are absolutely gorgeous to behold.”
– Usagi at Birth of a New Witch

“I enjoyed every minute of these split worlds. The fairy-tale mythology, fantasy, sci-fi-mystery, police procedural, romance and all the other genre-bending elements worked together seamlessly.”
– Merikay Noah, Popcorn Reads

“Good fantasy is the ability to not only tell a good story set in a different world – but to create that world with beautiful worlds. Evoke it in the reader’s mind. Where it comes alive and leave the impression as if one visited there. Newman definitely has a gift for that.”
– Deniz Yildiz, Closet Geeks and Slow Mo

“What I want from an alternate, magical reality is a mix of the expected and the surprising, andBetween Two Thorns does a good job of delivering that, primarily through the use of some off-beat points of view and the addition of some unique flourishes.”
– Steven M. Long

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 at Book Chick City

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 Dolichva, Tsana’s Reads

“gimme the next book! This one wraps up most, but not all, of the mysterious web that Newman weaves – just enough threads are left dangling to keep me intrigued, so I’ll definitely be buying the second book to find out where those threads lead.”
Lisa, Over the Effing Rainbow

“This is a book that contains MANY THINGS. This can be tricky sometimes … [but] Newman managed to corral the different worlds, characters and machinations to deliver an engaging read that left me wanting more.”
– Kathy at Kindle-aholic’s Book Pile

“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. 9 stars out of 10.”
– Fantasy Faction

“An urban fantasy book that should be on everyone’s bookshelf. ****”
– Heart of Glass magazine

“A wonderful marriage of the magical and the mundane, with plenty of high society intrigue to satisfy any Downton Abbey fan and more than enough to appeal to fantasy lovers as well. Emma Newman’s world building is sublime, her characters larger than life, and the pages crackle with magic.”
– My Bookish Ways


Any Other Name by Emma Newman, Artwork by Sarah J. Coleman All is Fair by Emma Newman

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