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The Spaces Between (A Drunkard's Journey Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Gibbs
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Book Description

Belden is a backwards land, where the dead speak only to the dimwitted, and strangers decide to learn magic from a dangerous warlock. Is it considered wise to spend untold months with complete strangers?

Zhy is a drunk, and his name rhymes with die. He may have had his last drink only days ago, but he’s still a shambling mess. And yet the stability of Belden depends upon his doing the right thing. He probably won’t.

Magic, warlocks, demons, and raving lunatics: Welcome to the world of The Spaces Between!

This is Part I of A Drunkard's Journey.

Dead Spaces (II) and The Untying (III) are also available!

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I especially enjoy reading fantasy books; I have read many, but I have to say that this one stands out of the crowd. This fast-paced book will take you on a fantastic journey of three strangers looking for a Warlock who lives in far North. You will get hooked up from the first page and the story will keep you interested and entertained until the end. This book has all a masterpiece should have: great and clean writing, the fascinating settings, original story and very, very enjoyable characters. This author is utterly talented and I hope to read more books from him in the future! --Amazon.com Reviewer

Through this fascinating fantasy runs a motif of knots and knot-tying. It's a fitting metaphor for life and death and the four elements, earth, wind, fire and water. A fearless mercenary and a drunken landowner's son -- a sort of chosen one -- set out on a quest to learn the deeper secrets of magic from a warlock who dwells in the far north. Along the way they meet all manner of creatures, magic and mortal, and adventures. The book is elegantly written und carefully edited. With his slightly baroque prose, Martin Gibbs succeeds in creating another world while preserving very tangible connections to our own world. This book is ideal for an escape into a landscape of danger and adventure. --Amazon.com Reviewer

About the Author

I am a big fan of Robert Jordan, George RR Martin, and R. Scott Bakker. I also enjoy Ellery Queen mysteries and books about Arctic survival. I'm an avid cross-country skier, mountain biker, poet, cook, and I know three chords on the guitar. Active projects include A Drunkard's Journey (Dead Spaces is coming out this spring!), an attempt at a 1930's mystery, a Christian-based piece of historical fiction, and a smattering of short stories.

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  • File Size: 404 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466262192
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056GV7E6
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another World Imagined in this Elegantly Written Story January 18, 2012
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Through this fascinating fantasy runs a motif of knots and knot-tying. It's a fitting metaphor for life and death and the four elements, earth, wind, fire and water. A fearless mercenary and a drunken landowner's son -- a sort of chosen one -- set out on a quest to learn the deeper secrets of magic from a warlock who dwells in the far north. Along the way they meet all manner of creatures, magic and mortal, and adventures. The book is elegantly written und carefully edited. With his slightly baroque prose, Martin Gibbs succeeds in creating another world while preserving very tangible connections to our own world. This book is ideal for an escape into a landscape of danger and adventure.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely stands out of the crowd! January 19, 2012
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I especially enjoy reading fantasy books; I have read many, but I have to say that this one stands out of the crowd. This fast-paced book will take you on a fantastic journey of three strangers looking for a Warlock who lives in far North. You will get hooked up from the first page and the story will keep you interested and entertained until the end. This book has all a masterpiece should have: great and clean writing, the fascinating settings, original story and very, very enjoyable characters. This author is utterly talented and I hope to read more books from him in the future!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fantasy adventure like no other January 16, 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition
This is a story about three strangers in a mystic adventure that is descriptive and action filled. The novel has wit, charm, and excitement, along with being unique in composition. This story will definitely keep you entertained.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strangely disjointed August 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I grabbed this book because it was free (to prime members) and had several good reviews. After slogging through this, I've come to believe the other reviewers didn't actually read it. The story was so-so but cliche'. The plot line contained strange references to some 'story' and the characters seeming to black out and recite lines from it (a story), but the why of this was never resolved.

Repeated descriptions of scenes from chapter to chapter made it sound like there was an echo. The character dialog seemed to me like a poor high school play production.

In a mid century agrarian type society, how did the characters have toilet paper and matches?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Awkward dialog July 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Finished 30% of the sample before having to put it down. The dialog is awkward, the writing is juvenile, and there were some grammar and word choice problems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Spaces Between August 22, 2012
Format:Paperback
Our story follows two adventurerers making their way to a powerful Seith named Ar'Zoth. Our adventurerer's are Zhyfrael or Zhy, a local drunk, and Qainur, a mercenary, who is seeking a powerful Seith named Ar'Zoth. Zhy wonders if he's made the right decision about going to leave Belden with this young man. Zhy has nothing better to do anyway and it could be fun maybe. Qainur has all the supplies ready for their trip and is excited about starting on this adventure even if Zhy is not sure about it. Along the way, two traveler's meet up with Torplug claiming to be a mage but that remains to be seen. Torplug slowly becomes part of the two traveler's group yet keeps to himself. As the traveler's continue on their journey, they're attacked by a Gherwza and they barely manage to escape. Then the traveler's see a man possessed by a demon and they barely escape with their lives. Meanwhile Bimb and Zhy's father Lynn travel a little known tunnel to reach Zhy and his companions before meeting Ar'Zoth. Zhy and his companions have been attacked by The Knights of Black Dawn twice on their journey so far with no real explanation as to why it is so. Zhy is uneasy about seeing this Seith and doesn't understand why Qainur is hellbent on meeting this Seith. Torplug is an unknown quantity in the group although he is willing to share his opinions and thoughts about Seith yet goes about his business. Will they find Ar'Zoth? Will Ar'Zoth teach Qainur? What is Torplug hiding? Will Zhy ever be comfortable? Will Bimb and Lynn reach Zhy and his companions in time? What is Ar'Zoth planning? Your answers await you in The Spaces Between.

While reading this story, I found at times that it dragged in places where it should have been moving at a faster pace than it is going.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy Adventure January 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
From the snow banked ramparts of a centuries old fortress the warning is issued: "He comes". A drunk is recruited to go on an adventure by a mysterious warrior to find a warlock in the far north from whom he wishes to learn magic. And they are followed by another. Thus begins a journey of danger and discovery in this exciting fantasy yarn.

The Spaces Between is a well written, funny, and action packed fantasy adventure documenting the bumbling journey of an unlikely set of heros. Great fun!

I enjoyed the book very much and hightly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Literate Sword and Sorcery Adventure August 27, 2014
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Beginning with a quote about knots, the journey begins. We meet the 'Drunkard', a 'Chosen One' in many ways, and his traveling companion, Bruce, a fearless Mercenary. Zhy, the drunkard rues the day when he was lured into this journey by the promise of 'magic'. Bruce is ostensibly seeking a warlock in exile amidst a world of magic and knots. They meet a mage who is outnumbered in a battle with boars...Darrell...and Bruce proves his mettle by slaying all of the boars, saving Darrell, the mage's life. Now they are three. The writers imagery and poetic writing is superb.. 'twisted and hardened knots of the underworld'...'true magic drawing from the light'. This is a thrilling page-turning novel of sword and sorcery, written by a very skilled writer who knows how to use poetic imagery and symbolism...that's what places this novel high above others of this genre. Five stars and two thumbs up! (Review by Howard Lipman...Pen Name PanOrpheus author of the 'Delphic Oracle' and 'Tesla's Tower' books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars better than I expected
Different and interesting, better than I expected.
Published 10 hours ago by Michael J. Quatela
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Thriller
I thought this book took a page out George Lucas's book because this science fiction fantasy thriller knew how to use unique dialogue combined with the adventureous and fascinating... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Crafted Novel
Throughout this vibrantly written novel, prosperity and growth are diminished through the residents living as characters like Torplug, Fa and Bimb who set out to discover the North... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stock7
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling and mindblowing novel. Brilliantly unique!
This is one of the most unique and original books I can remember reading in a long, long time. There are moments of brilliant and bizarre symbolism that really stand out from the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating World
Many different worlds to choose from through the eyes of a problem child. This book took me way and did exactly what I needed, entertained. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Drama Queen
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Read
I will admit that I made it through two chapters and then closed the book.

I couldn't get into the writing, couldn't understand what was suppose to be going on and I... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Marianne M. Popp
4.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy read
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It's interesting that this book has the subtitle "A Drunkard's Journey." At least on Amazon. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Masquerade Crew
4.0 out of 5 stars Had me hooked!
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. Read more
Published on May 3, 2012 by I. Yiannacou
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns like you would never believe!
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Martin Gibbs is an avid reader turned author, though reading always comes first. When not diving into classic literature, he works on forging his own brand of reality. He writes fiction, poetry, short stories, and the occasional bizarro. He enjoys cross-country skiing, biking, and burning béarnaise sauce (although his take on Lasagne al Forno can at least elicit smiles from the kids.)

Martin lives in the snow-covered paradise of Minnesota, USA

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