The Deep Space Between
by Cassandra Stirling
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Pub Date 24 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 26 Sep 2021
Cassandra Stirling, New Degree Press
A deep slash crossed out the total population of the “Welcome to Merricott” sign. Underneath it, a new number appeared in white, drips of paint streaking the sign like tears.
Forty-two flames extinguished, her mother, father, uncle, and grandfather among them. Seraphina clenched her jaw, wiping away her tears.
It was just a town.
Her hands clenched into fists on her lap. She forced them to relax.
It was just a town.
Maybe if she repeated it enough, it’d be true.
Seraphina Lastra Covington had never planned to set foot in the Magical Community of Merricott, New Hampshire again. When she reluctantly returns after a twelve-year absence, she finds that the town has changed: the bustling square she once knew is quiet, and a Magic Wielding child has gone missing. It is not until she starts heeding advice from the voice inside of her head that she realizes everything in her childhood home is not as it seems.
The Deep Space Between is a character-driven urban fantasy that explores friendship, grief, and identity while unearthing Merricott’s — and the Lastra family’s — deepest secrets.
If you love Seanan McGuire, Shannon Mayer, Drew Hayes, and Katherine Kim, you'll love this book.
“Cassandra Stirling strikes a balance between painting a universe foreign and exciting, while writing characters that are not just relatable, but lovable. To distinguish between who we inherently are and who we have become due to circumstance is the dilemma of a lifetime. The Deep Space Between makes coming-of-age and answering these questions a little less lonely.”
— Poojitha Tanjore, author of Rules of the Red Book
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The Deep Space Between is a captivating story full of mystery, magic and ancient beings. The book follows Seraphina, a human born into a shapeshifting family, who after twelve years returns to her magical hometown. While a voice inside Seraphina's head is getting louder, unable to be silent any longer, Seraphina has to go back to the roots of her tragic past to unravel the mystery of town members disappearing. The novel had a good pace and kept me interested while reading. The worldbuilding and magic system was fantastic and original and there were a lot of unique characters. The author did a great job especially with Seraphina's character in my opinion. I enjoyed reading about her journey of identity and dealing with the feelings of being an outsider. In the spotlight is the question of how much of our thoughts and passions are our own and how many are influenced by the people and world around us. I can't wait to read the second book of the series and find out more about Seraphina's journey as there is for sure a lot more to uncover! :)
This book hit the spot! It piqued my interest and held my attention the whole way through and even now, almost 2 days after finishing the last page, I am still thinking about it. There were varying creatures inhabiting the town of Merricott. There was Magic and mystical cabals both forbidden to our MC Sarafina. There were familial secrets to be uncovered and a Who Dunnit to suss out that ended up being a little bit anticlimactic... but still fun. The pacing was ideal, it never felt too rushed or sluggish. The magic system was both unique and interesting (thank you Angwyndith). It felt at once wild and ancient as well as powerful and secretive. The characters were well fleshed out and I LOVED some of the secondary cast just as much, if not more than, I liked Sarafina. The (not so) quaint backdrop of Merricott was the ideal location for our resident outsider to try, and often fail, to navigate successfully through the murky waters of the mysterious goings on. Overall: The Deep Space Between was a fun way to pass the day. The best part, in my opinion, were the varying characters inhabiting this magical town. I also loved the dichotomy between Sarafina and her plus 1. Angwyndith was a unique entity and I loved seeing how the two dealt with their struggles to find common ground and make the best of a precarious situation. I would definitely read book #2 when it comes out. If you're looking for a fun Fantastical murder/chaos mystery read, you've found a good one here. The Deep Space Between was not earth shattering or mind altering but what it was was good, fun, Fantasy. ~ Enjoy *** I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ***