Michael R. Fletcher
Harper Voyager, Jun 16 2015, $15.99
Geborene Damonen High Priest Konig has begun the final countdown to creating a God who obeys only him. Fearing Doppels will pull a switch Konig directs his followers to protect Morgen the child he prepares to sacrifice into the Afterdeath and convert into his obedient deity.
A thief compelled to steal; a once mighty warrior seeking atonement through a final robbery; and a charismatic psychopath always ensnaring followers to destroy kidnap the future God-child. However the trinity differs on what to do with the abductee. Irate by the affront to the God-making priest by these infidels, raging Konig sends his deadliest horde (the arsonist Hassebrand, shapeshifters and the dead) to assassinate the heretics and bring the lad back for the conversion.
With a timely nod to Dante’s Inferno, this extremely dark satirical theocratic fantasy grips readers to “… Abandon all hope, ye who enter here” with a grim world vision filled with lunatics running the asylum; as the pursuit of delusion supersedes reality. Numerous forms of mental illness run prevalent but exaggerated to a shocking extreme. This enables the most insane dedicated true believers to go solo or collective with fellow righteous pilgrims to seek powers ultimately to rule the Afterdeath heaven (or hell).