Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman

Back in November of 2011, I hosted a short story by Emma Newman, Knotty Secrets, which takes place in the Split Worlds. The Split Worlds started out as a project where Emma would write a short story every week for a year and a day, and various bloggers (like me!) hosted these stories. Each of the stories takes place in the Split Worlds, a fantasy world where magic exists in forms of magical beings and acts. Between Two Thorns is the first novel of the Split Worlds, which comes out in the UK on March 7th and the US on February 26th. If you think you’ll be behind because you haven’t read the stories, don’t fear! They are merely fun back story for the world. The novel will completely stand alone; it is in no way necessary to have the knowledge the stories give you. However, if you’re interested in checking out the stories, I would recommend a few of my favorites to start with.

Between Two Thorns is a 400 page urban fantasy. To give you an idea of the story, enjoy the novel’s blurb:

Between Two ThornsSomething is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city. The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer. There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs. But can she be trusted? And why does she want give up eternal youth and the
life of privilege she’s been born into?


Pre-order a copy of Between Two Thorns for a chance to win a great prize!
 Pre-order a copy of Between Two Thorns and you’ll be entered into a prize draw. If you win, you’ll have a character named after you in “All Is Fair” – the third Split Worlds novel (released October 2013) – and a special mention at the end of the book.

How to Enter
Pre-order a copy of the book from your favourite retailer (if you pre-order from Forbidden Planet you’ll get a signed copy).

If you order from Forbidden Planet or (for ebooks) you don’t need to do anything else – Angry Robot will take care of your entry for you. If you pre-order from anywhere else you’ll need to email a copy of your order confirmation to: and they’ll assign a number to you.

Where to Pre-order

  1. UK
  2. US
  • The Book depository (Worldwide free postage)
  1. UK Edition
  2. US Edition (bigger)

There are two UK launches and an international one using the magic of telephone conferencing. All the details are here:


Order your copy of Between Two Thorns today, and join the fun that is the Split Worlds!


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