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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?

©2015 Produced by arrangement with Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (P)2021 Podium Audio

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"Fletcher populated the landscape with an array of mental disorders, turning a well-thumbed psychiatric manual into a dramatis personae...the dystopia and its victims never quite collapse under the weight of the horror, and their perseverance encourages the readers to endure the grimness until the thought-provoking conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • 28-04-2021

almost gave up (glad I didn't)

Started off very intriguing but slow. Near the end it was unstoppable. Great book.. Glad I stuck with it!

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  • 28-04-2021

Extraordinarily dark and disturbing

As a grimdark fan I enjoyed this book but it definitely pushes the envelope in some disgusting chapters. Not for everyone. Great story very unique.

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