Any Other Name (Split Worlds #2) by Emma Newman, readalong week 3


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 three 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
Well now, it seems like things are shifting! Very interesting this week. To the questions:

Cathy has her first meeting with Lord Iris. What were your first impressions? And what do you think it is that Lord Iris and Poppy both now ‘see’ in Cathy?? 

Lord Iris is awful isn’t he!  He makes Lord Poppy seem like something out of  a Disney movie.  I really don’t like him.  I don’t know what’s going on with Cathy that appeals to both of them so much but I can only assume at this point that maybe it has something to do with the fact that she’s slightly rebellious and has already spent time in Mundanus or the fact that she simply isn’t content to put up with her lot in life and toe the line.

We had an insight into Amelia and also an insight into Cornelius – what are your thoughts on the two of them now and also how does this make you feel in terms of Will?

Well, I can’t say I’m surprised to be honest.  I think Will is a bit of a tool and they’re both using him.  Frankly, I’d like to say that I feel sorry for him but with these particular two I think he’s made his own bed (sorry!)  The only thing that it does now give me puzzle for thought over is whether Will was acting under his own steam all the time as he had a charm on him? At any rate he seems to be becoming a little more immune – which does make me wonder whether he really had any free will at all in the beginning.  In which case, maybe I’ve been a bit harsh on him?

It seems that everyone is puzzled by Will and Cathy’s match. Even Will jokingly (or not) wonders if he’s being offered up as a sacrifice – any thoughts as to why Will and Cathy as oppose to their more ‘suitable’ siblings?

The only reason I can assume that these two are being matched is because their families are at the will of their fae Lords.  They don’t make sense as a match for either family given that they have other children that are so much more easy to manipulate.
Let’s just discuss the consummation of the marriage and the overall feelings afterwards? Thoughts please.
I’m not sure I know what to make of it.  First of all Will was going to drug Cathy, then he wasn’t – what, then he was??  He did use the charm didn’t he?  I thought he did – in which case he’s a total, unspeakable git!  If i have that wrong and he didn’t use the Charm then okay.  It’s such an aggravating situation.  Oh, God, I’m sure he used the charm!  But did he??

Max and the gargoyle, how do you think the investigation is fairing? What do you make of their tactics?

I didn’t really like their tactics to be honest.  They have an investigation to carry out but all their investigations seem to rely on Cathy finding out things for them – and then they act like they’re rough housing her.  They kind of come across as a little bit useless.  Yes, I know Cathy held things back BUT nobody is looking out for her and also Max and the Gargoyle don’t seem to be able to uncover anything by themselves.

Sam and his marriage. Any more thoughts about Lord Iron or Neugent?? What about the other couples who had rings forged?

Well, I’m very puzzled by all of it to be honest.  At first I thought that maybe Sam’s wife was some sort of fae/changeling or there was some reason why Neugent was interested in her.  Now I think that maybe she’s the only one who managed to survive whatever it is that is going on- maybe some sort of mind control/mind bendy thing.
I really like the fact that Cathy seems to be stirring things up – but, I think it could have very dire circumstances for her!
I also meant to ask about Will, his potential Dukedom and his rival!  So many questions.

4 Responses to “Any Other Name (Split Worlds #2) by Emma Newman, readalong week 3”

  1. Lynn E. O'Connacht

    I’m… actually quite glad to see that I’m not the only one who wasn’t quite sure whether Will actually drugged/Charmed Cathy or not. I did get the impression that he did too, though.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I was also thinking that but wasn’t totally sure. i feel a little bit better knowing that he’s also been charmed himself! I can’t wait to see if he finds out and see how he likes that trick being pulled on him!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    You had some excellent questions this week, I feel so out of my depth though trying to speculate what might happen. I honestly have no clue where some of these threads might be going, though I can’t help feeling a bit satisfied knowing Amelia did manipulate Will.

    As much as I’d like to think he didn’t charm Cathy though, I think he must have 😦 He can argue that Lord Iris had him over a barrel, but he still did it 😦

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I wasn’t sure whether Will had charmed her – I thought he probably had on balance. I do feel a little bit better about some of his behaviour knowing now that he was also charmed!
      It’s a difficult book to speculate about isn’t it!
      Lynn 😀

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