Book Review: All is Fair by Emma Newman

All is Fair, Emma Newman
Angry Robots Books, October, 2013
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

So the story behind this review is a sorry one. My kindle broke just as I started reading which meant I had to wait around for a new one before I could keep reading. This was especially annoying because I was really into the story. Also, I am only now catching up to my reviewing backlog. Ah technology. But never mind. Better late than never. All Is Fair is the last book in The Split Worlds Trilogy, a trilogy that blends fae with feminism, environmentalism, gargoyles and some good old fashioned corset ripping. I couldn’t stop compulsively reading. What an unusual, often funny, and always pointed mix!


From the blurb:

In love and war nothing is safe.

William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. But those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. Sometimes for good.

While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. But an unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for.

Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle’s controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all?

This is a confusing read, with effectively three different stories running parallel to each other. I would recommend reading the previous two books to refresh your memory of what came before and how each character relates to the other. This is especially important because this is a series that pushes character development and growth to show how the fast paced events lead to a new outlook for Society. The blend of modern technology with the fae and with old English manners makes for an entertaining mix and essentially paves the way for gender equality and democracy to begin to shape Society. The ending wraps up loose ends in regards to Sam, Cathy, William and Max, but there is scope for further stories in this world.

A fun novel with complex characters and lots to say about love, relationships, gender equality, humanism and nesting worlds, I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys mystery, romance, steampunk, historical fiction, fantasy and sci fi.

All Is Fair: 4/5 inky stars

This ebook was provided for review by the publisher.

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