Title: Any Other Name
(The Split Worlds – Book Two)
Author: Emma Newman
Genre: Urban(ish) Fantasy
Rating: 2.5 of 5
You can find my review of the first book in this series here. This book follows the continuing struggles of Catherine Rhoeas-Papaver as she is forced back into the social maneuvering and political intrigues of the regency era-esque “fae-touched society” that operates parallel to our own.
I really wanted to like this book, but was bored through much of it. The main plot points were certainly interesting but there are pages and pages of moping, acting bewildered, agonizing, soul-searching, schmoozing, and philandering that occur between things that actually move the plot forward. I don’t necessarily mind slow character-driven “social maneuvering” kind of books (I like Dickens and some Austen). However, for me to enjoy that kind of book, I require well-rounded characters and/or sparkling wit, and most of the characters in this book are rather one-note and no one is witty. In spite of the clever worldbuilding, this just isn’t my kind of book.
Additionally, even more than in the first book, there is very little plot resolution here. The rush of events that happens in the last 30 or so pages seems calculated to set up a cliffhanger so that you’ll go out and read the next book. I hate the feeling that an author is just stringing me along so they can sell more books, and probably won’t be reading any further in this series.