One sentence plot summary: An insane Theocrat is trying to make a god by basically convincing a bunch of people that they can create a god, and three traveling vagabonds are going to steal that god to ransom it off.
After my foray into the Mistborn world I was left bereft of easy options. Having knocked out a large portion of what people consider the more popular of fantasy series like Wheel of Time, A Song of Ice and Fire, Kingkiller Chronicles, Empire of Thorns, First Law, Malazan Book of the Fallen etc. it feels like I am done with the major players. Exceptions are probably Discworld, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and The Sword of Shannara. I am sure I am not including many other quality series. Either way, I picked something else. Beyond Redemption is a relatively new addition to the genre having been published in 2015, and while I know I am not the biggest Reddit nerd nor am I that up on what’s hot in the fantasy internet streets, I have not heard of this dude nor this book. I think this is a good thing, I’m looking for something that has a little less of the good vs. bad tropes and so far this is checking all the boxes. I think the grimdark label is being thrown around as a marketing tool to seperate adult fantasy from fantasy for all readers or for young adults, but in this instance I would call it grimdark I guess. I mean I could go off on this topic and maybe I will, but let’s chill throwing everything in a box. If grimdark simply means mature, I don’t think that is a useful label. I digress.
So far so good. Seems like this takes place in a kind of dystopian world where the magic is firmly the product of one’s will. Willpower and the power of belief are the major drivers of the paranormal. Sounds ambitious, but besides the crazy ass Germanic sounding names it really is not crazy complicated. The plot seems to be shaping up as such: An insane Theocrat is trying to make a god by basically convincing a bunch of people that they can create a god, and three traveling vagabonds are going to steal that god to ransom it off. One sentence summaries are without a doubt going to be a feature of this blog.
A lot of these ideas of godhood, belief/willpower and the faith of the masses providing a god or person with power is a common feature, I think the Malazan Book of the Fallen series also heavily plays off of this. American Gods might but that is one of the few books I quit because it was wack as fuck. This is coming from a guy who finished The Dark Tower series and that shit was trassssshhhhhh. When books lean into heavily philosophical themes you know you are about to be treated to a healthy portion of internal dialogue and monologue and Beyond Redemption is no exception. The interesting twist on internal dialogue is that in this world it’s not exactly internal, meaning you may be speaking with physical representations of your inner personalities. Pretty cool shit.
Where I am at right now is some fat lady is burning people up left and right. Solid.