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Reviewed by David Walters.
I have to lead with one thing: this was one of the best books I have read in a long time and is my #1 read for 2016. No other novel this year has grabbed me from page 1 and killed more hours in a day than BR. The characters are vastly different than any I have come across and the story is so unique that only a delusional man could’ve come up with it. Well, Fletcher is that guy.
The journey begins with three scoundrels who go from town to town looking for a quick buck. You have Stehlen, a kleptomaniac who only lives to serve herself, though there is another whom she secretly loves but outwardly hates. Then there is Wichtig, the self-acknowledged “Greatest Swordsman in the World” who travels from town to town challenging their mightiest warriors to spread his name and fame amongst the people. Lastly you have Bedeckt, a warrior past his prime and … beyond redemption in his own eyes though he still has plenty to live for.
As the band of unknowns bound from shanty town to defunct city, they hear of a delusional High Priest by the name of Konig who is building the hope and belief of his people for an ultimate goal: to create a God out of a young boy named Morgen. Since they would like to have an early retirement and a huge payday could manifest that day sooner, they advise a plan to steal this soon-to-be God from Konig’s grasp. But these three aren’t the only ones with who want Morgen. Konig’s delusions are manifesting themselves and becoming stronger by the hour, crippling Konig’s sanity and developing their own ideas in the process.
In a land full of shape-shifters, pyromaniacs, assassins and mirrorists, our three “heroes” begin to understand that they may have underestimated just what Morgen can do, and it may be too late to turn back. And not only that, they aren’t the only ones who have plans for the boy. There are plenty of crazies on their trail that will stop at nothing to gain what the boy possesses.
As I stated in the beginning, this was my favorite reads of 2016. I read around 100 books/novellas a year, so that is definitely saying something. Fletcher has quickly joined the ranks as one of my favorite fantasy authors, including Mark Lawrence, Michael Sullivan, Patrick Rothfuss and George R R Martin. Pick up Beyond Redemption and let me know what you think.
Faith shapes the landscape, defines the laws of physics, and makes a mockery of truth. Common knowledge isn’t an axiom, it’s a force of nature. What the masses believe is. But insanity is a weapon, conviction a shield. Delusions give birth to foul new gods.
Violent and dark, the world is filled with the Geisteskranken–men and women whose delusions manifest, twisting reality. High Priest Konig seeks to create order from chaos. He defines the beliefs of his followers, leading their faith to one end: a young boy, Morgen, must Ascend to become a god. A god they can control.
But there are many who would see this would-be-god in their thrall, including the High Priest’s own Doppels, and a Slaver no one can resist. Three reprobates–The Greatest Swordsman in the World, a murderous Kleptic, and possibly the only sane man left–have their own nefarious plans for the young god.
As these forces converge on the boy, there’s one more obstacle: time is running out. When one’s delusions become more powerful, they become harder to control. The fate of the Geisteskranken is to inevitably find oneself in the Afterdeath. The question, then, is:
Who will rule there?