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The Spaces Between by Martin D. Gibbs
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May 03, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 09 to 27, 2012 , read count: 1

I don’t even know where to begin with this story. I agreed to write a review for it just for the fun of it. I was almost discouraged by the length of the story when I first got it but decided to give it a shot anyway. It begins with a mercenary with the idea of an adventure. He visits a local bar to find a companion on his journey. This is when he runs into the town drunk. The mercenary, Quainur, promises an adventure of a lifetime to the drunk, Zhy, if he joins him on his quest. It seemed that Quainur did not want to venture into the unknown alone. But all Zhy wanted to do was drink, pass out, and drink some more. He had a depressed soul and was trying to drown all the feelings he had ever lived through down with ale. You find out later what made him so depressed. Zhy reluctantly agrees to go on this journey after making sure Quainur won’t do anything foolish with him while he sleeps. I found it funny how many times they used the line “Sacuan’s Scrotum.” It actually made me laugh in the context of the sentence and how many times they could change it up. The whole point of the journey was to find a wizard and a temple so Quaiur could learn magic. On the way there, they pick up/save a wizard named Torplug and he joins them on their quest north. They learn about Demons and all sorts of other things that Zhy believed to be mere tales his father used to tell him. They have to defend their lives more than once when they are attacked by a group of soldiers – or ninjas – called the Black Dawn. I honestly could not stop reading this story. There was just something about it that made me want to find out what happened.

I put down the book a few times and didn’t want to continue but there was always something nagging in the back of my mind to find out how Zhy and his companions ended up. There was also another story that intertwined itself with the adventurers. Bimb, a simple minded boy, was being led by Zhy’s dead father’s ghost. Bimb could hear his voice in his mind whenever he played his musical instrument. Zhy’s father wanted to save Zhy because he was in danger. I enjoyed reading those parts. The end of the story was definitely not predictable and it seems there is a sequel which I would like to read someday. But for now, it is back to my short fantasy novels. I would recommend this book to whoever likes a well written soft adventure story with many twists and turns.

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