“Am I a monster?”
“If you are. I am too,”
This book was so totally & utterly disturbing and I’m in awe of Michael R. Fletcher’s writing prowess. But loving this book totally made me think to myself “since when did I become such a warped morbid piece of shit?”. I feel like only warped minded people could love a novel like this. It’s basically a book about cannibalism, madness, revenge, hate & love. YEAH YOU READ CORRECTLY… LOVE. This is quite possibly the most fucked up ‘love story’ I’ve ever read in my entire life but I totally dig it & it’s my new favorite ever romance. I actually found it so adorable “I’ll never leave you. I’ve lost everything except you and now I have more than I’ve ever had in all my life.”(it’s actually not adorable and a normal person would find it twisted and deranged) however I’m not normal and I am quite deranged so this love story was clearly made for me.
This book was an easy read for me, because I have read Beyond Redemption so I understood the terminology used for the types of powers contained in the novel, I also stumbled upon this; Beyond Redemption Wiki which helped a lot with understanding what all the German words meant. It’s a stand alone novel but it is still set in the same world of Manifest Delusions, so you can read this novel without reading the authors other works. There was a few mentions of the characters from Beyond Redemption which I loved, but there was no major spoilers for the other series.
In a world where Sanity is a delusion, reality a myth. We follow our main protagonist Zerfall who has woken up in an alley with her head smashed in and no recollection of her past all she knows is that she is in danger and must get as far away from the Tauschung as possible, the Tauschung is a mad religion with its own private hell called swarm. Upon escaping the city she makes her way into the desert where she runs into a naive boy named Jateko who has accidentally killed a warrior from his tribe. Jateko has an unhealthy obsession with eating people because he believes that he will take their powers from consuming their brains.
I had one minor con and that was it took a while to get exciting and I also read a PDF version which was quite painful as I’m blind as a bat and couldn’t zoom in on the words, but that couldn’t be helped and I’m so grateful the author offered me the ARC. I loved the humor so much, “The priestess grunted and strained and farted and Jateko wondered what kind of horrendous diet led to such effort for a simple crap. If all the people of the civilized city-states shat like these priests, the cities would be even fouler than he thought.
It’s a much lighter read then Beyond Redemption & it has made me so much more excited for The Mirrors Truth. This author is definitely a favourite and I cannot wait to read all of his fucked up shite.
Definitely a fantastic novel that all grimdark fans should read. Another highly rated book which has wormed its way straight onto my favourites shelf. This novel definitely isn’t for everyone, some scenes were quite confronting and it did contain child abuse, so if your a soft teddy bear, you should stay far away from this authors work.
Review by Luna