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? @goodreads
Well that was different. It didn't seem like a grimdark to me but I'm crazy so who knows.
At first I was finding the book boring but I kept going and it turned out rather good =) Yes, there are all kinds of killings and some narley stuff with mirrors (don't ask) but it was good!
Here we have the 3 stooges who hate each other more than anything (not really) and they are rather funny. I just wish the Stehlen wouldn't spit every 5 minutes and Bedeckt with his sinus infection! Dear God! And Wichtig who was full of himself. I loved them 😄
Ignoring Wichtig, Bedeckt continued. "We work together. We're a team. A shite team, but we get things done. We aren't friends and we sure as shite aren't lovers. Never forget: I'd kill either of you if there was money in it for me."
"Stop it, I'm getting all misty-eyed." Wichtig pretended to mop at tears. "Stehlen, throw me a few gold coins-they're probably mine anyway-and I'll bed you."
Stehlen's stiletto hissed out and Wichtig laughed at her. Pretending nonchalance, he moved his horse away, carefully staying out of reach.
"There's an inn." Bedeckt pointed up the street. "Put your knife away, woman. Gut him after I've had a drink."
Then there is Konig who is the high priest and a nutter. He also has three doppels named, Acceptance, Abandonment and Trepidation.
He's up to all kinds of no good. There are some other peeps around him that aren't so bad.
But my favorite parts were with the trio.
"What the hells is going on in your thick skull, old man?" she demanded. "You look like you ate a cat turd." She tried to poke him again but he batted her hand away. "Ho ho! Old man is grumpy. You spend too much time thinking. Explains your cat turd face. I'll fetch idiot. Let's go back to Leichtes Haus for drinks."
"Fine." Bedeckt turned into the crowd and shoved his way through. People complained only until they caught sight of his scarred face and body and the massive ax slung over his shoulder.
He heard Stehlen shouting at Wichtig, "Hey, idiot! Cat-turd face needs a pint."
I totally wasn't expecting that ending either. Still loved the book!!