BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Catherine Rhoeas-Popaver’s desire for emancipation, her new husband ambition, and scheming by all sides complicate their arrival among the London social set.
PROS: Excellent character development and growth; intriguing worldbuilding increases the richness of an already rich world; wonderful narration by the author.
CONS: The novel patently cannot be read without reading the first; a concordance would be very welcome.
BOTTOM LINE: A superb second entry into the Split Worlds universe that expands the playground and changes the focus interestingly.
Any Other Name is the second Split Worlds novel from Emma Newman. The Split Worlds series — starting with Between Two Thorns and concluding with All is Fair — occupies a distinctive niche in Urban Fantasy. In a world of Harry Dresdens, Sookie Stackhouses, Toby Dayes, and many others, the characters and world of Any Other Name is definitely different. There are no women with tramp stamps here, no fireballs in back alleyways, no werewolves camping in Rock Creek Park.