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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
  • Publication Date: June 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056GV7E6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,765 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Frederick on 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 By Andrea Zavodska on 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 By Legacy on January 16, 2012
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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 By Amazon Customer on August 6, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 22, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Smoky Blue on July 8, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Jackson on January 12, 2012
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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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By I. Yiannacou on May 3, 2012
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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.
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