Dwarves In Space by Sabrina Zbasnik
Book Description: Thousands of years after the jewelry’s destroyed, the sword reforged, the dragon ridden, and the indecipherable prophecy translated into a recipe for sugared biscuits, the dwarves turned to that final frontier: space. And along came the elves, orcs, gnomes, trolls, ogres, and those vermin-like upstarts, humans.
Dwarves in Space is Tolkien merged with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in a horrific transporter accident.
The Elation-Cru is not the flashiest ship, nor the newest, or even has all of its bolts attached; but she can fly. Well, sort of wade through space, and that’s when all the parts are working. She supports a sugar addicted dwarven pilot, an elven engineer, an orcish doctor, a silent djinn, and the lone human trying to hold the entire thing together with duct tape. Variel, the captain, has been hiding from a secret for the past five years and time’s finally run out.
When she goes against her common sense and fights to save her onboard assassin/renter from a job gone sour, she finds herself before an ex-colleague that knew her in her previous life as the Knight of the realm. The entire ship is sent on a mad dash across the universe — from a decaying space station, home to the wackiest species the galaxy has to offer, down to the Orc homeworld, which wouldn’t be so bad if Variel hadn’t spent most of her previous life fighting in the war against them. Chances of survival are nil and slipping fast.
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
My Review: I love this book and I fully intend to read it again. It’s smart, funny, and so sharp that you could use it to open a spaceship like a tin can. Okay I’ll leave the humor to Sabrina Zbasnik.
This book has everything that I loved about The Kings Blood and more. (Like space. At some point I became a space opera junkie.) Memorable characters and the best one liners anywhere are what I have come to expect from Sabrina Zbasnik. She delivers on an intergalactic scale. ( I swear that was the last bad space joke. Promise.)
If you read the book description above then you saw this book described as “Tolkien merged with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in a horrific transporter accident.” I completely agree with that. I would also say that there is some Firefly and Red Dwarf thrown in too for good measure. These are just a few of my favorite things.
I have to admit that I’m not really one for humor. There aren’t many things that I find funny but I find Sabrina Zbasnik’s humor completely accessible. She snatches the funny from thin air and shows us what was hiding there. It’s very clever and everyone knows how much I appreciate clever. I LOVED this book. Fun, funny, and entertaining this book has it all. It will be on my list of best books of 2015.
My only problem with Sabrina Zbasnik’s books is that they contain such epic stories that I can’t do them justice. I never know where to start and I can’t adequately describe how I feel about them because so much happens. She manages to make all the story lines important and none of them suffer as a result. It is my humble opinion that it takes a unique talent to pull that off. She honestly does write Tolkien- like stories.
Dwarves in Space will be released April 8th.
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