Every Saturday morning, just around the time I first get to sit down to have my coffee and breakfast after the first morning rush of getting the girls out of bed, dressed and fed, my inbox pings. It hallows the arrival of my weekly Saturday morning treat: another short story from Emma Newman’s Split Worlds. And for about a quarter of an hour I’m transported into a world where magic is real, fairies exist and the Other World is far from the purely benign place we were led to believe as children.
The Split Worlds project is a project where Emma Newman publishes a free short story every week for a year leading up to the publication of her first novel set in the Split Worlds by Angry Robot in 2013. Thus far there have been thirty-one stories published, though I’m currently up to story seventeen. Of course, I could go on a binge and read all of them at once, but this way I get to savour them slowly each week. I think it’s a really cool way to create interest in her work and the stories are a really good way to get both acquainted with the Split Worlds and Newman’s writing. It’s whetted my appetite at least and I can’t wait for Between Two Thorns to be released in March next year.
Here’s the blurb for Between Two Thorns, taken from the Angry Robot site:
Something 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 to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?
Sound like something you’d enjoy? Go check out the project and sign up on the Split Worlds website or if you prefer the audio version you can download those from the site or subscribe to them in iTunes. You can find out more about Emma Newman at her site.