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Sam was just seeking a sufficiently private place to relieve himself after getting excessively drunk after work because his wife was working late again. Instead, he witnesses a body being carried out of the Museum, and becomes entirely too interesting to some of the Fae-touched who want to keep him quiet.
Cathy was just trying to remain out of sight of the Fae and her Fae-touched family so she can continue her university studies in Mundanus. Instead she's trapped and brought home by her brother Tom, and informed that she's now betrothed to William.
William has his own ideas, including a preference for Cathy's sister Elizabeth initially, and then for new arrival in Aquae Sulis, Amerlia.
And with the Fae having little interest in humans except to show off their own power, and the Great Families among the Fae-touched (including Cathy's and William's) being mostly almost as sociopathic as the Fae, surely nothing can go wrong, right?
The story unfolds slowly, in intriguing layers. What seems simple at first is revealed as tangled and complicated. Newman's language and style match the story beautifully, and the Split Worlds, Mundanus, Exilium, and the Nether, the land in between where the Fae-touched live, is an interesting take on the relations between Fae and humans.
I bought this book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This could be a great story but the narration is not very good. I trusted the other reviews who said that the narration is great but if you have had the pleasure of listening to Kate Reading, Julia Whelan or Ellen Archer then you have seen these women perform distinct voices both male and female.
The author has a very strong British accent and every character she performs has the SAME voice. You cannot tell who is speaking. Also she has a very monotone speech pattern that lacks emotion.
Listen to the sample audio and realize that this is how the entire book will be. Every characters voice and lack of emotion. You cannot tell if someone is angry or happy.
I never like to leave bad reviews but I do not want any other unsuspecting listener to give this series a try before warning them about the narrator.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
it's a good storyline and leaves you wanting to know the end, so will entice you to get the next in what is, i guess a series.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Between Two Thorns?
can i say without spoiling any plot? the first interaction with lord poppy.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
the author does the reading, and tells the story well, she doesn't distinguish voices well and has a very feminine voice, which makes it difficult to tell who is saying what sometimes.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
the head scratching of the gargoyl
Any additional comments?
wish i'd known it was part of a series at the start, but v good, worth a listen if you like sci-fi, fairies and fey and all that.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful