(The Mirror’s Truth) EBOOK/PDF Å Michael R. Fletcher
This is why I love rimdark fantasy The Mirror s Truth is rimdark fantasy at its best and it deserves only the highest of praise from meThis is one of those books that will be engraved in my hall of remembrance If you re afraid of trying rimdark fantasies remember a road less traveled can make all the difference Who knows Maybe this could be one of your best reads tooSomewhere in the middle of my read through Beyond Redemption I knew I had to drop any planned reading in my schedule and continue to the seuel immediately I m Singing the Kyrgyz Manas: Saparbek Kasmambetov's Recitations of Epic Poetry glad I did because this was one of the best reading experiences I ve ever had in theenre When I stumble upon a fantastic book I always try to savor and stretch my reading time as long as possible If I fail to do this it means that the book is so ood that it ended up overpowering my will I ended up finishing The Mirror s Truth in less than two days so o figureFletcher has improved upon all the Tattooed Beauties: The World's Most Beautiful Tattoo Models: English Edition groundwork he established previously in Beyond Redemption The plot is a direct continuation of what happened at the end of the previous book Bedeckt who defines himself by his list of crimes that he s committed to avoiding strayed once from that commitment The Mirror s Truth revolves around the aftermath of that decision and the chaos it spawned While the scope of the plot isn t as epic as before it s eually amazing maybe even so in a different way because this time the plot is character driven Even with the changes in the narrative direction the book is still filled with a myriad of madness manipulations violence and intriguing philosophies It s also brutal engaging and surprisingly poignant than before Combined with a well balanced pacing and therowing tension that accumulated with each page turned the story eventually reached an intricate unforgettable emotional tornado of clashing delusions that left me completely breathless The conclusion of this book is one of the best conclusions to a book I ve ever read the sheer brilliance of it is simply indisputableOne of the biggest challenges in rimdark fantasies is to create lovable characters despite their morally ray code especially in cases like this series where characters tend to be evil and sociopathic I believe that no one in this world is completely Founding Mothers good not me not you not anyone We have all done some bad things and made mistakes we wish we could take back The sameoes for evil characters I believe that deep inside them there could be still a sliver of The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire goodness I m not trying to be pessimistic That s humanity and it s realistic In a way that s the point ofrimdark fantasy and why I love the Tracking Daddy Down genre Fletcher nailed this situation with the accuracy of a sniper As the book shifted its narration to a character driven style weet to explore of these deranged characters thoughts and sense of longing especially for the main trioThe stupendous characters development is one of the aspects that truly made this book superior from its predecessorThe world building also significantly improved If Fletcher had stuck with what he made in Beyond Redemption honestly I would ve been okay with it However he instead made it even better with Geisteskranken The Delusional appearances I mean c mon there s even a DRAGON Look at the book cover a dragon and exploration of Afterdeath The exposition of Afterdeath and how it influenced and affected the real world is truly amazing it s like we have two worlds to explore rather than one Don t even Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras get me started on the Mirror elements which I couldush about but I strongly believe it s something that you have to truly experience for yourselfFrom my past experiences in the Fat genre a lot ofrimdark authors tended to have prose that s flowery than flowers themselves I personally dislike that Sometimes the words aren t even necessary other than to make the sentences sound cooler It ruins the flow of the book for me when I have to think what the hell is the author is trying to say or looked at the dictionary repeatedly Doesn t mean it s a bad thing at all I just feel that there should be a line on this because anything that s too much isn t ood Fletcher s prose isn t like that all No words are wasted everything is crucial and yet it s addictive immersive and easy to access That said considering that The Mirror s Truth is indie I did find some typos throughout my read Typos never bother my reading experience unless it s out of control and that s why it won t affect my overall assessment I m just letting you know that there are some here I also love how each chapter almost always starts with a philosophical passage that s essential to the atmosphere and background of the mad world This one in particular is my favorite We are each living a story What many of us are too afraid to admit is that we are the authors of our story You are living the life you chose for yourself You are living the result of each and every one of your choices If you are letting others make decisions for you you are allowing them to write your story Do they have your best interests at heart If you are unhappy whose fault is that Don t like your life o write yourself a better one Finally I want to address the aesthetic factors and production value Unlike Beyond Redemption The Mirror s Truth is self published there s a reason for this but it s too long for me to explain here You can read about it in the acknowledgment section or even just ask the author about it Don t let this fact discourage you though Beyond Redemption has a cool cover it was drawn by one of my favorite artists Richard Anderson but it honestly didn t capture the madness of the world The Mirror s Truth book cover was done by a different artist and let me just says that it s pure badassery and it fully captured what Fletcher envisioned in the world he createdPicture The Mirror s Truth Book Cover in all its Ambition and Accommodation: How Women View Gender Relations glory by John Anthony Di Giovanni Click here for H version we also have the matter of materials Self published trade paperbacks somehow seem to have better materials than what big publishing companies use The Books of Babel from Josiah Bancroft which I possess along with this book justify my reasoning The papers used are smooth and thin The inklistens as if it was just printed which made my reading experience even better They also look wet under the light if you re looking at it from the right angle If all books published by big publishing company were the same superb uality I can American Kinship: A Cultural Account guarantee you I wouldn t be reading from e books everTo do a tiny bit of comparison in overall uality this series just judging from the two available books are in my opinion better than all books written by Mark Lawrence Brian Staveley and I ve read all of them before saying this The fact that The Mirror s Truth is self published makes this even crazier and is why I will do everything I can to make sure everyone notices and reads this book You can thank me or send me hate mail later but pleaseive it a try firstHonestly speaking An Ethics of Interrogation grimdark fantasy is one of my favoriteenres especially in manga However I ve been disappointed a lot with Ancestral Voices: Religion and Nationalism in Ireland grimdark novels There are somereat ones for sure but none ever made it into my favorites of all time shelves so far except for Abercrombie s books however Fletcher did it twice in succession with this series Joe Abercrombie has always been one of my favorite authors and he still is I crowned him as the best rimdark author of all time but do note that I haven t read Malazan yet at the time of writing this review so I can t say anything for Steven Erikson Now I finally have someone on my list that can share that throne with himThere will be standalone novels taking place in the same world like Swarm and Steel which was just released yesterday and which I ll be reading next there will also be one book to conclude this series This means the Manifest Delusions next there will also be one book to conclude this series This means the Manifest Delusions series will be a trilogy Whatever the future holds Fletcher will have my full support not only because I need but because "the world of fantasy needs of the originality that he can deliver " world of fantasy needs of the originality that he can deliver know everyone who has read this series will agree with me that if there s an author that deserves our support Fletcher is that author With The Mirror s Truth Manifest Delusions has already cemented its uality as one of the best rimdark fantasies series I ve ever read along with The First Law series by Joe Abercrombie and at the same time is the number one most underrated series I ve ever read The Mirror s Truth is a seuel manifested from a mixture of superlative imagination and enuine talent that every fan of the enre must read I absolutely recommend this book with all my heart brain and delusionsThere s no excuse here The only reason you should not read this book is if you re dead in which case you ll still find me enslaving everyone to read this book from the Afterdeath Mwahahahahaha Pardon me that was my doppelganger speaking I ll shut him up now Seriously though read this book You can find this and the rest of my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest Originally reviewed at BookwraithsIt is damn difficult to top perfection And in my opinion Beyond Redemptionwas just about as near perfect a John for Everyone: Part One, Chapters 1-10 grimdark as anyone can write one of the most demented darkest and diabolicalrims ever penned But somehow Michael Fletcher did just that with The Mirror s Truth The mad man in the Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde glasses and black cowl delivering a stunning seuel one that sets a new standard for what arimdark has to deliver in order to be considered Betting on Ideas: Wars, Inventions, Inflation greatIt all starts where Beyond Redemption ended with Bedeckt and his two friends Wichtig and Stehlen dead in the Afterlife Of course our tragic trio hasrown bored of the hereafter Hell there is only so many things one can do while there So these Being after Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question guys escape back into the land of the livingWhile the Sanest Man Alive the Greatest Swordsman in the World and the Keptic Killer have been living it up in death back in the real world things have changed Their former captive Morgen has taken up the reins ofodhood busily remaking the Geborene people into a near perfect race Every thought of the young Berlioz and His Century: An Introduction to the Age of Romanticism god focused on perfecting the dirty brutish habits of his worshipers refining them and make them into immaculate clean pinnacles of his vision of mankind Only problem is that Morgen is a damn lunatic like everyone else in the worldWell Bedeckt isoing to put a stop to Morgen s madness The crazed od is his fault in his mind at least so he is oing to fix the mess he created Doesn t matter that those two friends he tried to abandoned back in the Afterlife have found a way into the real world and are bent on hunting him down and killing him He won t be stopped by the other even psychotic assassins Morgen has sent after him Nor will his own slow descent into the madness and sanity he has always risen above deter him Bedeckt will not fail because he is the Sanest Man Alive which might mean he is also the most damn crazed shite in a world full of lunatics and sociopathsFrom start to finish this is one of the smoothest most disturbing and most compelling rimdarks I have ever read 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Where belief defines reality delusions are both strength and curse The deeper you sink into madness the powerful you become But that power comes with a price Your darkest nightmares hunt you at night The face in the mirror hates you and wants to be free Your fears manifest and plot your destruction Bedeckt defined himself by the. .
Ion Wiki I love that moment when you see it in their eyes the dawning understanding that you have absolutely and utterly rutted their lives It is the most delicious meal you will ever taste And the complete the betrayal the better the flavour I feel like everyone on earth whines for diversity in books this authors work is so diverse it s ridiculous It features every type of crazy every skin colour it also explores lesbian relationships B If you called The Mirror s Truth a masterpiece you wouldn t do it justice Bedeckt made a terrible mistake By abducting Morgen he destroyed Konig s life work What was pure and determined and worthy is now cunning and corrupt and full of self doubt The mad boy od is now ascended and loose and he wants to enslave humanity with his delusional dream of a perfect world Bedeckt is the only one who can stop him and in order to do so he has to betray his only friends But can you really escape the desire for revenge of the most powerful Kleptic and The Greatest Swordsman in the World We are each living a story What many of us are too afraid to admit is that we are the authors of our story You are living the life you chose for yourself You are living the result of each and every one of your choices If you are letting others make decisions for you you are allowing them to write your story Do they have your best interests at heart If you are unhappy whose fault is that Don t like your life Awakening Spaces: French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music, and Culture go write yourself a better one One of thereatest challenges an author will ever face is to create a setting as powerful as his characters Fletcher makes it look easy not only does he deliver but he also excels on every front The enchanting and delightful prose the thrilling yet smooth pace and the exotic and compelling storytelling come together to wave a tale of shocking but wanted violence that would put every other Edge of Venomverse grim tale to shameFletcher s fantasy debut had but one problem the dull and tiresome POV of an unwanted character This problem is not present in the seuel and there are virtually no others The characters are fascinating and well developed the already established world is further expanded and explored and the magic system is beautifully structured and enthralling All in all The Mirror s Truth is one of thereatest fantasy books I ve ever read and I urge you to drop anything else you are currently reading and pick this one up insteadYou can find of my reviews over at Welcome back to the sick and twisted world full of insane people debauchery violence and delusions We have our favorite trio back from the Afterdeath a nice place to take a vacation if you like the color Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe) gray tasteless food and monotony No Doesn t sound like much fun Well you re lucky then because Morgen the boyod has Ascended and can bring you back to the real world It s not much fun but at least there is real booze and the food tastesmarginally betterMorgen finds our trio separately and makes separate deals with them Our hero Bedeckt huge uy with battle axe who refuses to acknowledge his insanity and may be a bit of a berserker just wants to make things rightStehlen the psychotic Kleptic just wants revenge on Bedeckt because she loves him and he rejected her She also might be in love with Wichtig although she has no idea why She also ets to keep her lover the Body by Darwin: How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine great swordswoman Lebendig Nobody is allowed to take ANYTHING from her Wichtig the Greatest Swordsman in the World is just thrilled because he llet to have sex again drink Blue Guide good ale and resume his uest to best all swordsmen everywhere For all time Because he is the best And cutest And the best Of all time And really attractive and charming and the wenches be all up in his shizz I love Wichtig lolSo there is tons of brutal violenceWe see a LOT of the insides of people There is also lots of betrayalBecause that s the way this world rollsOur trio spends most of the book trying to find each other to pay each other back for all the wrongs and imagined wrongs The boyod Morgen is trying to expand his kingdom but finds out it s a messy dirty business and he can t stand messes He might be a bit OCD about cleanlinessThere is also a crazy dragon a chick who is so deluded she has convinced herself she speaks to the earth and can move dirt and rocks and some other crazy uy who is convinced everyone has a demon inside of them he has to exorcise I LOVE this series so much I can t put my finger on what it is In a way it s meandering and we spend a LOT of time in the various characters minds and that can be a crazy place to be but the writing is so darn ood and the humor is so dark and twisted it just warms my shriveled up heart I think my favorite character is Wichtig Somehow he is just likeable even though he s such a POS One of my favorite scenes is where he tries to train his new apprentice The facts don t matter Facts are a hindrance Unless they support whatever it is you re saying in which case they are the most important thing in the world and anyone who says otherwise is an idiot Your opponent doesn t matter The crowd matters Convince the crowd Never fight without a crowd if you can avoid it If there s no crowd then you have to convince your opponent If that fails you might have to actually rely on skill with a sword That should always be a last resort Now talk to the crowd Look at the pretty irls or boys or whatever your preference is Ignore your opponent Nothing pisses Swordsmen off than being ignored You don t care what they think about you you care what they think about the fight What they think about your opponent Wichtig closed his eyes I m tired Keep practicing in your mind Imagine the crowd Imagine what you ll say and what your opponent will say Wake me if the dragon
to eat usMan he put through the wringer in this one It s horrible but yet I couldn t stop reading Poor Wichtig LOL Don t expect these characters to have nice and tidy HEAs lolThis is an anti happy ever after world and dark fantasy at its best Hands down I will read anything by this author I can t wait to find out what happens next Original postI love this sick twisted world heheMy review for book one Beyond Redemption 45 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Mirror s Truth is a seuel that builds upon everything that made the first book so reat and all consuming featuring storylines and characters that are Grittier Twistier And Even Insane In Other twistier and even insane In other it s even fucked up than Beyond Redemptionand I loved it War isn t insanity it s the base state for all reality Plants war for sunlight Animals war for food and water Wolves battle to decide who leads the pack All life is strugglePeace now that is insanity You didn t actually think it was over for our protagonists did you In the world of Manifest Delusions death is only the beginning Bedeckt Stehlen and Wichtig are back following the complete and utter bloodbath that was the end of the first book Only now they ve emerged even brutal bloodthirsty and psychotic than ever beforeIt all started when the old and wretched Bedeckt filled with the sudden horror of his actions decided that he could not Island Girls (and Boys) go through with the plans he had made Now he must undo the damage caused by his weakness and do whatever it takes to stop Morgan the mad child who has become aod And if it takes abandoning his companions to the eternal Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio's Industrial Frontier greyness of the Afterdeath then so be itNot surprisingly Stehlen and Wichtig react none too kindly to that idea Livid at being left behind the murderous Kleptic and the self styled Best Swordsman in the World decide to make clandestine deals of their own returning to the world of the living in order track down Bedeckt and make him pay slowly and painfullyWith friends like these who needs enemies At the same time though it would be a mistake to dismiss these characters so casually They may be insane but they are deep Beyond Redemption would not have been such a wildly successful book in my eyes if our protagonists had merely been the vile monstrous degenerates they appeared to be on the surface Instead Michael R Fletcher drew me in with the complexity of their personalities and relationships and I waslad he continued to build upon these in the seuel While Bedeckt Stehlen and Wichtig spend much of this book apart we are still treated to the fascinating inner workings of their deep dark scary mindsIn fact with the chapters basically alternating between their POVs each of the three are essentially Stretching Lessons: The Daring that Starts from Within given their own storyline thusiving way to a lot character development on an individual level The Bedeckt we used to know has become transformed no longer just an old jaded thief looking to end his financial troubles once and for all with the score of a lifetime Now he is a man wracked with Call the Next Witness guilt andrief struggling to keep what morals and sanity he has left We also Building for the Arts: The Strategic Design of Cultural Facilities get to see a softer side of Stehlen and if you ve read the first book you ll understand why I just burst into incredulousiggles while typing that but believe it or not it is true the psycho kleptomaniac woman actually has feelings that Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature's Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology go beyond wanting to slit your throat and steal your shit And finally there s Wichtig perhaps the most complicated of them all Of the three protagonists he s the only one whose past is explored in depth and I also find the story surrounding his delusion of being the world s best swordsman to be extremely compellingAnd of course I am once again floored by the originality and excellence in the world building People always complain about the same tired old tropes in fantasy and the lack of fresh ideas when it comes to magic systems and powers To them I say Take some Manifest Delusions and call me in the morning Fletcher has done an incredible job creating this world where magic is madness and those who are the most powerful are also the most unhinged It s a premise ripe for all kinds of ruckus and mayhem and this seuel pushes the envelope even furtherPlot wise The Mirror s Truth is simpler in some ways but it is also stranger bloodier and violent The conclusion however was the best part With that ending Michael R Fletcher might have just single handedly redefined the word insane SeriouslyI think it s safe to say those who enjoyed Beyond Redemption will also love this seuel and after all this waiting and uncertainty I mlad that The Mirror s Truth has finally found its way into readers hands Manifest Delusions is not so much a hidden Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning gem but rather an absolute treasure trove of a series to fans ofrimdark By the end of this one you will be begging for Michael R Fletcher s The Mirror s Truth is a dark delight Our trio of appalling but still somehow compelling protagonists possibly sane aged warrior Bedeckt kleptomaniac murder addict Stehlen and manically self interested Charlestown Blues greatest swordsman in the world Wichtig return from the Afterdeath to find a world brought to the brink of all out war by the mad boyod Morgan The pitch black humour magically enhanced insanity and brutality that distinguished Beyond Redemption as a remarkable fantasy debut are present in full force and often cranked up to eleven Highly recommended and not just because my evil reflection told me so. G can stop him Not even deathThe 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 ris.Comes To Eat UsMan He