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Dwarves in Space 2: Family Matters

10 Jul

First off I’ll let it be known that I was gifted a copy of the book by the author, S. E. Zbasnik, in exchange for an honest review.

Imagine, if you can, a world created by collaboration between Douglas Adams and J. R. R. Tolkien.  If you can manage that, then you’ve at least got a bit of a handle on the Dwarves in Space series.

“Family Matters” is the second book in the series and carries on from the first book.  This one explores Variel’s background a little more when her husband turns up basically demanding money with menaces (or, in this case, lawyers, it all amounts to the same thing).

The plot twists and turns as Variel tries to find a way to bury her past, and this time have it stay buried.

Fast paced, quirky, and at times laugh out loud funny.

Highly recommended.

Dwarves in Space

26 Feb

First off I will say that I was gifted a copy of the book “Dwarves in Space” by the author, Sabrina Zbasnik, to read and review.

The book was described to me as “Tolkien, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and Firefly merged in a transporter accident”.  I honestly couldn’t come up with a better description myself.

This is about the third or fourth book by Sabrina Zbasnik I have read, and I have to say that her writing style improves with each book.

“Dwarves in Space” is brilliant.  The characters are well rounded, interesting, and individualistic enough that it is easy to develop favourites.  I am really hoping for more books using these characters as I really want to see more of the Elven assassin, Talesin.

The book follows the adventures of Captain Variel of the Elation-Cru and her merry band of misfits: elves, a dwarf, an orc, a djinn, and an accidental human passenger.  Not to mention the slightly insane onboard computer.

“Dwarves in Space” does have the feel of being the introductory novel for a series, but that does not detract from the enjoyment of it.  The first sequence sets the tone for the back story, which is not fully explored… I expect that will be in later books.  Then it’s on to a rollercoaster ride of spills, thrills, chills and the occasional outbreak of lunacy.

Read.  Enjoy.

The King’s Blood

21 Apr

Firstly, I will say that I was given a copy of “The King’s Blood” by the author, Sabrina Zbasnik, to read and review.

I really enjoyed “The King’s Blood”. The premise is a fantasy trope of unlikely survivor of a royal massacre attempting to win his throne with the assistance of the usual unlikely allies.

And that is about as usual as the book gets.

“The King’s Blood” happily smashes its way through all the fairytale ideals and fantasy stereotypes like an ogre with a sledgehammer.

Sabrina Zbasnik’s sense of humour is evil in the extreme. Imagine “Lord of the Rings” written by a combination of Douglas Adams and George Carlin and you’ve almost got a handle on “The King’s Blood”.

The main characters of Aldrin and Ciara are well written and well rounded. Even though they are 15 when the book begins, this is not a young adult novel by any stretch of the imagination.

Strong, quirky characterisation sits “The King’s Blood” well above the average range of the current crop of fantasy novels.

Sabrina Zbasnik provides a wonderfully fun read, and in my opinion, her female characters can hold their own with any seen in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “Sword and Sorceress” series or Esther Friesner’s “Chicks in Chainmail” series.

I recommend “The King’s Blood” to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy, strong female characters, and has a sense of humour.

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