- The Mirror’s Truth (Manifest Delusions #2).
- Michael R. Fletcher.
- 500 pages.
- Fantasy / Epic Fantasy / Dark Fantasy / Grimdark / Just Freaking Awesome!
- My Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Bedeckt defined himself by the list of crimes he was unwilling to commit. It was such a short list. How could straying from it have gone so wrong?
Bedeckt must undo the damage caused by wandering from his precious list. The Geborene god seeks to remake the world with his obsessive need for cleanliness and perfection, but Bedeckt is going to bring him down. Nothing can stop him. Not even death.
The two friends he abandoned in the Afterdeath chase after Bedeckt, bent on revenge. Psychotic assassins hunt him. Something cold and evil follows, lurking in the clouds above, shredding reality with its delusions. Madness and sanity war, stretching and tearing the very fabric of existence.
The dead shall rise.
The doppel of Michael R. Fletcher was kind enough to allow me the opportunity to visit with his delusions. Or, I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome to my bakery! Today I’m baking a fresh batch of death!
For those of you who have already read Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher, just go and buy The Mirror’s Truth, it’s a must read! Taking what he started in his previous book, Fletcher improves on it in every way as The Mirror’s Truth manifests itself into an outstanding read.
And, if you haven’t read Beyond Redemption yet then do yourself a favour and buy both books, they are grimdark at its finest delicious darkest. And if you don’t believe me then check out my 200 Words or Less review for Beyond Redemption:
Can I get away with just using the above two statements as my review or do I need to tantalize you with some more?!?!?
OK, so be it, here’s some more!
The Mirror’s Truth is a clean and colourful tale of puppies, kittens, and cuddle bunnies, set against a backdrop of rainbows and clear blue skies, no-one fights or argues, no-one swears or teases anyone, it’s the epitome of a tale set in a clean and vibrant society of lovey-dovey goodness and schmaltzy kindness. Reading The Mirror’s Truth makes you realise just how nice people can be, ever doubted the good in people or are you sad that the world we live in has gone to shit, never fear, you can escape reality and spend time with The Mirror’s Truth, it’s akin to snuggling in-between a couple of fluffy billowing, all enveloping clouds, allowing you to nestle softly within their warm and comforting embrace, making you feel safe and secure!……….Fuck that, this book is GDAF and it’s awesome!
Taking place after the events that transpired at the end of Beyond Redemption, The Mirror’s Truth sees Bedeckt escaping from the Afterdeath with the aid of the young Mirrorist Zukunft, leaving behind both Witchtig and Stehlen in the process. His goal is that he is attempting to right his wrong from the previous book, and rectify the mistake he made with Morgen. To stop him, Morgen recruits Witchtig, returning him from the Afterdeath and sending him after Bedeckt. Morgen then also recruits Stehlen, again bringing her back from the Afterdeath to send her after both Witchtig and Bedeckt.
While this is going on, Morgen, the Geborene Damonen ascended god-child decides it’s time start his own war on Gottlos, tricked by his own reflection Nacht (the opposite of Morgen), Theocrat Konnig and his mirrored reflection Failure, Morgen is manipulated into leading the army himself, away from and leaving his seat of power in Selbsthass City, where he is sustained only by the army’s belief in and worship of him to attack Gottlos, a small kingdom, starting with the minor city of Unbrauchbar.
Konnig and Failure, plotting and scheming to bring their own devious machinations to fruition, send a trio of disturbed and deranged Geborene priests after Bedeckt, Witchtig and Stehlen. Erdbehuter, a Wahnist who can make the earth move – not like that you dirty minded readers! :). Ungeist, another Wahnist who is called “the exorcist of the Geborene” as he believes we all have demons lurking inside, waiting to be exorcised and expelled from within. And, the third member of the insane group is Drache, a Therianthrope who manifests herself as a dragon and believe me, these fuckers are mad.
As readers of my blog, you all know, I’m not someone who spoils the story and only offer you a rudimentary overview of the story involved in a book, as I believe part of the enjoyment in reading is discovering the story told within a book for yourself. Suffice to say with The Mirror’s Truth, there’s plenty of plot twists and turns in the storylines as while some of the storylines remain separate, other story arcs, namely Bedeckt, Witchtig and Stehlen start to converge, building towards a climactic, thrilling and epic conclusion.
Like a Kleptic, I’m going to steal the following phrase from Suicide Squad as it’s rather apt and say, with Bedeckt, Stehlen and Witchtig “it’s good to be bad.” Bedeckt is a grizzled old scarred and guilt-ridden killer, Stehlen a violent and murderous Kleptic (thief with the mantra, no one steals from Stehlen) and Witchtig Lugner “The Greatest Swordsman in the World” and minor Gefahrgeist (sociopath, cares only about himself and his need to be the best). Whilst reading The Mirror’s Truth you will be thinking ‘fuck me these three are vile.’ But they are so much more than just “bad”. In any other book they would be the villains, not even anti-heroes, they are complete miscreants but in the hands of Fletcher you find yourself with a growing affinity towards them. Yes, they are a triumvirate of morally wrong degenerative black-hearted bastards, but they are also tortured souls, deep, flawed, multi layered and complex and, because of that you have three main characters that are truly captivating. Splitting them really gives all three a chance to shine on their own, as they all continue to develop and grow on an individual level.
It was a terrible look on a man whose empathy never went beyond empty words. It was like seeing that instant in a boy’s life when tragedy makes him a man.
The world building is also top quality with Fletcher creating a unique bleak and wretched world, and magic system that perfectly fits in with the overall gritty tone of his books. It’s a stark mad house populated by a myriad assortment of unhinged delinquents and reprobates, where by the more insane you are the more powerful you become.
“I’ve thrown away a lifetime of chances and opportunities to be a decent man. But you, you’re still young.”
“Even the young bear the scars of their crimes.”
The Mirror’s Truth also shines with both its writing and pacing. Fletcher is a quality writer, giving you a descriptive style that really draws you in, you’re never over encumbered with too much information or feel like you’re getting bogged down with useless knowledge, everything has a meaning to the story being told. And, hidden within the vivid prose you often find meaningful passages, and a dark humour that will frequently have you smiling.
No doubt built by men, she decided. A woman would never build something so obviously and ridiculously phallic. Only men stumbled about littering the landscape with monuments erected to their little stickers. Such colossal insecurity. She imagined women building domed breast-like structures and laughed.
Told through alternating PoV chapters that focus on the various players, the pages fly by in a blur of action, violence, viscera and delusions as you flit from one character to the next at an unrelenting pace, that keeps you turning the pages.
And, wow! Seriously, whilst there are a lot of stand out moments strewn throughout the length of The Mirror’s Truth, the last 1,000+ Kindle locations and ending are one mother of a long holy shit moment, and some of the best grimdark I’ve read.
As I alluded to at the start of this review, The Mirror’s Truth is an exceptional book, it’s a blood drenched wild ride into the insane that deserves to be read.
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