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The Gamble of the Godless by David Maine
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Aug 01, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from August 01 to 05, 2011

The Gamble of the Godless by David Maine follows the young man Avin as he travels a rather unique world. The races are not defined by skin color or the commonly seen human, dwarf, elf, etc, they are divided by animal species. Each species' language defined by their specific way of viewing life.

When an army is massacred not far from Avin's family farm he meets the lone survivor Ax. Even though Ax would have been his enemy if his army had not been wiped out Avin takes pity on him and gives him food and shelter. Learning that the Canine Kingdom is suspected of the attack Avin and Ax go to find out more from a nearby village. Finding out that the warring kingdoms of the humans are allying to get revenge against the canines they return to the farm with the intent of joining the army. Along the way the realize that not all is as it seems though Avin's brother has run off to join in the killing of the canines. Avin goes to bring his brother home while Ax is motivated by avenging all of his comrades.

In their travels through all the kingdoms they meet many interesting creatures including a human sorceress trained by snakes, a horse spy, a comedian raccoon, a snake sorcerer, an owl, a drug addicted cheetah, and many more animals from the various species.

I had a lot of fun reading this book with it's unique rules for interaction between the races. The cultural differences are much more pronounced than is normally found in fantasy novels which led to some interesting difficulties for the group as they traveled through the various regions. I did find the canines method of speaking to be kind of annoying at times, but the group was not really around them for any great amount of time so that is a minor thing. Avin was a well written young man out seeing the world for the first time. He often had no idea what was going on or how to act/react in the situations they found themselves in, but proved to be a quick learner. Avin also seemed to have a very good heart which inspired loyalty from the various species in the group.

Overall this was a fun read and I am very much looking forward to the next chapter in the story.

Review copy provided by the author.
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