30 August 2011

The Space Between; Brenna Yovanoff

The Space BetweenThe Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ms. Yovanoff is again exploring the "other world" theme, but in a completely different way than she did in The Replacement. Here we have recognizable angels and demons (Lilith, Lucifer, Beelzebub and others make an appearance, and Adam has a cameo), and a wonderful description of Hell (known as Pandemonium, the city Daphne calls home). Daphne is the daughter of Lilith and Lucifer and spends most of her time watching tv, chatting with Beelzebub and fighting her inner nature. She also collects momentoes given to her by her half-brother Obie (the son of Adam and Lilith), her favorite half-sibling. One "day" she sees a human, covered in pale pink water, arrive and for some reason she is drawn to him - Obie wants to return him to Earth, but can only do so after Beezlebub gives his approval. Obie then helps Truman (I'm not sure if the name is an accident or supposed to be Highly Significant) through his initial recovery, but it's clear that Truman still has a death wish. Obie, on the other hand, has fallen in love with a human and has decided to leave his job, family and Hell for her.

Daphne remembers Truman and is distraught at Obie's leaving, so when Lilith tells her that Obie has disappeared, she decides to find Truman and get his help rescuing her brother. The rest of the story is told from the alternating viewpoints of Truman and Daphne as they search for Obie, encounter other angels and demons, and attempt to solve the puzzles of their true nature and where they belong. It was interesting to see that in some respects, the "good guys" (Azrael and Dark Dreadful) and the "bad guys" (Lucifer, Moloch) are pretty much the same.

The weakest part of all this is the ending, where it's a little unclear what's happened and where Truman and Daphne are and whether they're together or apart. This is one of those books where the pacing suddenly shifts, or perhaps the ending gets edited a little too much. Hence the four rating (could go with 4.5, but I don't have that option here).

ARC provided by publisher.

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