All is Fair by Emma Newman, #3 Split Worlds, reading week 3

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Today is week three of our readalong of book #3 of Emma Newman’s Split Worlds series, All is Fair.  The schedule is below, all welcome and please be aware of potential spoilers lurking below.

Week 1: Monday 4th July, Chapters 1-6, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Monday 11th July, Chapters 7-14, hosted by Hisham El-Far
Week 3: Monday 18th July, Chapters 15-22, hosted by The Illustrated Page
Week 4: Monday 25th July, Chapters 23-End, hosted by x + 1
Straight to the Q&A:
1. What do you think the fae could be breeding people for? And why Cathy and Will?
This is very puzzling and I don’t really understand it one bit to be honest.  My only thought was that maybe the fae are changing the babies for changelings but again I can’t see why that would be beneficial to them.  Plus there seems to be some urgency about it all with a baby being demanded from Will and Cathy within the first year of marriage.  I puzzled over why Cathy and Will – Cathy seems to be railing against the lifestyle but Will feels fairly indoctrinated.  I really can’t pinpoint anything although I feel like there’s something just eluding me.
2. Cathy’s third wish starts to provide some hope right when things look most desperate. Do you think she has a shot? Will the book group end up being of any help?
I think that Cathy has finally reached the right conclusion in that she has to try and make changes herself – she’s spent her time so far looking for someone else to take up the gauntlet.  That third wish was certainly a good one and has already improved things for her.  I don’t hold out too much hope for the book group at the moment, they’re too afraid, although perhaps they’ll change and come around if Cathy starts to make a difference.  Strength in numbers after all.
3. Will’s landed in some dire straits. Do you think he’ll be able to wiggle out of it? Do you want him too?
I’m not sure if I believe there’s any hope for Will – I keep thinking that he will change but then he will just disappoint me with something else.  At the end of the day he needs to clear Bartholomew’s name, it’s the right thing to do.  Yes, it will cause him problems but he was acting on what he believed to be sound knowledge at the time.  Then there was his tender moment with Cathy when he was kissing her but thinking of Amelia!  What!!  I think there will be a way out of this situation but at the moment I’m not sure that I care enough about him to be pleased about it.  I feel like I’ve gone through various stages with Will – disbelief, anger and now can’t be botheredness!
4. So much has been revealed about the Elemental Court. Do you think Sam’s making the right decisions? Will he be able to use his new power to create some change?
At the moment I think Sam is floundering around a little – I would like to think that he can make some changes and I thought it was interesting that one of the changes he was thinking of in particular was rescuing Cathy!  It will be interesting to see how both these storylines pan out.  They both seem to be trapped in situations that they didn’t want but that have resulted in them both having more power or standing then they ever expected.  Whether their hands will still be too tied to use any of that remains to be seen.
5. Any other thoughts?
I’m a bit blank on other thoughts at the moment.  The Agency seem to be a bad lot – in fact they come across as worse than the fae at the moment.  Then there’s the whole issue with Ekstrand and his strange behaviour.  I feel like we only have a little book left to see how some of these strands come together so it’s going to be interesting.  (Of course we do have a book 4 on the horizon!)
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7 Responses to “All is Fair by Emma Newman, #3 Split Worlds, reading week 3”

  1. coolcurrybooks

    I also feel “can’t be botheredness” with Will.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep – Will, he just takes one step forward and two back!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    LOL yeah, seriously. To hell with Will. Seriously the least he could do was clear Bartholomew’s name because Will was wrong wrong WRONG but of course he wouldn’t do it because at the end of the day it’s still all about him.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m not into Will at the moment. Every time he does something good – he usually follows it up by doing something really shitty!
      Lynn 😀

  3. imyril

    Cathy’s wish certainly seems incredibly powerful now that it’s finally kicked in.

    Will and Sam are both making me grind my teeth. I hope Cathy’s newfound wish power will help her whip them into shape 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was a bit surprised about the wish to be honest – in fact I had to go back and reread that part because I wasn’t even sure that Cathy had made a wish. It certainly seems very powerful and I can’t help feeling like there was some interference going on here but time will tell.

      Will and Sam – yeah, they’re making us all grind our teeth – I surely do hope that they start to improve a bit – and soon! Although i really do have to hand it to Ms Newman for so successfully pushing all her buttons – because it does feel as though that’s exactly what she’s doing.
      Lynn 😀

      • imyril

        It’s quite a knack she has for finding them. In fact, it’s so specific I still trust her to have a Plan to make it all count.

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