Any Other Name (Split Worlds #2) by Emma Newman, readalong week 2


Cat has been forced into an arranged marriage with William – a situation that comes with far more strings than even she could have anticipated, especially when she learns of his family’s intentions for them both. 

Meanwhile, Max and the gargoyle investigate The Agency – a mysterious organisation that appears to play by its own rules – and none of them favourable to Society. 

Over in Mundanus, Sam has discovered something very peculiar about his wife’s employer – something that could herald a change for everyone in both sides of the Split Worlds.

Today is week two of our readalong of Split Worlds by Emma Newman.  The schedule is below and a link to the Goodread’s page here.  Feel free to jump on board or join in with the comments and if you haven’t read the book please be aware of spoilers below.

Week 1: Monday 6th June, Chapters 1-6, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Monday 13th June, Chapters 7-13, hosted by x + 1
Week 3: Monday 20th June, Chapters 14-20, hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 4: Monday 27th June, Chapters 21-End, hosted by The Illustrated Page

Will wants to have his cake and eat it. Between his dealings with the Alba-Rosas and his efforts to coach Cathy for social success, how do you judge his behaviour this week?

Ohh, I don’t even want to go there – Will’s behaviour at the start of this just made me feel a little bit sick.  First of all – IT’S YOUR WEDDING NIGHT!  Just because he wasn’t going to get his way with Cathy he just slopes off and heads straight to Amelia.  And gives her some absolute b/s about I’ve been thinking about you, blah, blah, blah.  No.  If you were getting on with Cathy and thought you were in with a chance then you wouldn’t be with Amelia would you!  Wrongness.  Aside from the fact that he was just determined to have his wicked way and he didn’t really care who with and apart from the fact that he spent the night of his wedding in another woman’s bed I hated the way that he casually showed up in Amelia’s bedroom and told her how it’s going to be – it’s not like he exactly tried to lay on the romance.  It was so awful!  The thing is, he then, like he has throughout, seemed to almost redeem himself a little – but frankly, I just don’t know if I can come back from this.    Just the way he treats women in general is so bad – he comes across as being really nice but he’s not really is he.  He’s really self serving and definitely a product of the awful environment that he’s been raised in where women are given such little regard. He saved the Alba’s with his own self interest, and now he’s trying to be nice to Cathy, again with his own self interest.  I wonder if he’ll eventually have a moment where he realises what an ass he is!

Cathy seems to be taking on the Agency – just as Max is sent to investigate them. Is she biting off more than she can chew?

I thought Cathy was really good in this section.  She seems to be coming into her own and she’s obviously intelligent which is how she found it so easy to see through the Agency – plus I liked that she stood up to them.  I don’t think she’s biting off more than she can chew although she could be in for a battle here because I don’t think the Agency are going to just given up their monopoly so easily and the fact that Max is about to investigate them definitely makes me think that they’re obviously not all good!

Max drops a lot of hints that Leanne may not be entirely her own woman any more. What do you think is going on at Leanne’s flat? – and do you think there’s any chance for Sam to save his marriage?

This is very interesting.  I really don’t know what’s going on here – perhaps, to coin the Sorcerer’s phrase – Leanne is being used as some sort of ‘puppet’ in Mundanus?  Although – it does make me laugh a little that they’re looking at things such as changes in her weight and dress.  She’s surely not the only woman in London who has slimmed down and started to dress corporately – it’s not like the epitome of evil surely!  I actually think there could be a chance for their marriage but I suppose it depends on whether she’s being manipulated and is unaware – or she’s knowingly and willingly going down this route.  If the former then I suppose things could be reversed if the latter then it’s highly unlikely that she’ll want to.

We get our first glimpse of London Society at the Tulipas ‘intimate’ dinner, and we get a hint that Cathy might be tempted to adapt her goals. What did you think of how she handled herself at dinner – and of how she reacted on the way home?

I think there could be something in the suggestion last week that maybe Cathy would start trying to reform things for all the other women.  At the dinner party she took part in the conversation, she wasn’t content to be manhandled or show that she had a brain and then she took matters into her own hands and used the opportunity to talk to the other ladies about the Agency – which could have been a disaster but she took the chance.

All that being said – I’m keen to get to some ‘action’ now!  At the moment I’m not quite sure where the plot is going and it feels a little like the investigation has really slowed down.

Also, Sam and the Gargoyle make me laugh – they both think and talk about each other as though they’re separate beings!



7 Responses to “Any Other Name (Split Worlds #2) by Emma Newman, readalong week 2”

  1. imyril

    I’m hoping for fireworks next week as Max goes north to investigate the Agency and Sam hopefully makes some headway with Marcus Neugent / Lord Iron (are they the same person? Is Neugent Iron’s puppet? WHO EVEN KNOWS?)

    I quite enjoyed this week as a quieter character building piece for Cathy as she finally starts to get a grip on her life again – but you’re right, we could do with some plot really 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m enjoying the book regardless and keen to see where everything is headed. Cathy definitely shone this week too which was good to see and I hope it’s set to continue.
      Lynn 😀

  2. coolcurrybooks

    As soon as Cathy opened her mouth about the Agency at the dinner party, I was so sure that everything would go wrong. Happily it didn’t!

    Judging by the last book, there may not be a whole lot of action in this one. Between Two Thorns wasn’t exactly action packed, even at the end.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – that party – I was sure Cathy was going to say something that she would regret – well, that being said, I’m not sure she would have regretted it. I guess thinking about it, because everyone thinks she’s such a social misfit it gives her a degree of freedom because she can pretty much say things and people will just think it’s Cathy being Cathy!
      Yeah, I’m kind of figuring these aren’t action packed books, which is fine tbh – the characters and the way they’re getting us all riled up is enough for the moment.
      Lynn 😀

      • coolcurrybooks

        Getting riled up does make for some fun discussions. 🙂

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    The Sam and Leanne story is probably my favorite part of the book right now. And lol, good point about the weight and clothes. A lot of people I’ve known since school have grown up, started dressing corporately, losing weight (or gaining it) due to stress, life etc. No, they’re definitely not all evil 😉 But yeah, this certainly has been a slower week, but at least we’re not all ending the section all in a rage like last week. I don’t think I could have taken it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, agreed. Definitely a slower week but perhaps that’s the feel that the whole series will have. The author certainly seems to have got us all livid with some of the characters – which is an achievement!
      Lynn 😀

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