Read Swarm and Steel Online Free - To escape the hell she created, a woman must team up with a novice warrior and return to her homeland in this gritty epic fantasy where delusions are literally made real.
Zerfall awakens in an alley, wounded and unable to remember her past. Chased by an assassin out into the endless wastes of the desert, she is caught, disfigured, and left for dead. Her scabbard is empty, but the need for answers—and the pull of her sword—will draw her back to the city-states.
When Jateko, a naïve youth, accidentally kills a member of his own tribe, he finds himself outcast and pursued across the desert for his crimes. Crazed from dehydration, dying of thirst and hunger, he stumbles across Zerfall.
Hunted by assassins and bound by mutual need, both Zerfall and Jateko will confront the Täuschung, an ancient and deranged religion ruled by a broken fragment of Zerfall’s mind. Swarm, the Täuschung hell, seethes with imprisoned souls, but where gods—real or imagined—meddle in the affairs of man, the cost is high.
In Swarm and Steel, the power of belief can manifest and shape reality, and for political and religious leaders, faith becomes a powerful tool. But the insane are capable of twisting reality with their delusions as well, turning increasingly dangerous as their sanity crumbles. It is here that a long prophesied evil will be born, an endless hunger. The All Consuming will rise.
|Title||:||Swarm and Steel|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
August 27, 2017
ARC provided by the author and the publisher—Talos—in exchange for an honest review.
Victor Frankenstein became well known as the Mad Scientist after he created the Frankenstein’s Monster. Well, Michael Fletcherstein (totally just made this up) deserves the nickname of the Mad Author for the creat...
June 25, 2017
This ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Release date is 22nd of August 2017.
“Am I a monster?”
“If you are. I am too,”
This book was so totally & utterly disturbing and I'm in awe of Michael R. Fletcher's writing prowess. But loving this book totally made...
August 26, 2017
If you haven't read the first two books of this world Beyond Redemption and The Mirror’s Truth you really should especially if you're a fan of Grimdark.
A lot of what I'm about to write is going to seem contradictory. First let's state this is flat out a 5* effort. Then we start comparing to the...
March 08, 2017
Fletcher's new stand-alone novel in the world of Manifest Delusions is, simply said, mind-blowing. Literally.
Zerfall, a powerful Gefahrgeist, is the leader of the Täuschung; a mad religion with its own private hell called Swarm. She had been ruling this religion for hundreds of years, up until t...
August 24, 2017
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/08/24/...
You know the saying, “That’s so crazy, it might just work?” Well, this is definitely true of Michael R. Fletcher’s latest Manifest Delusions novel. Featuring a new standalone tale, Swarm and Steel brings readers back to thi...
July 26, 2017
Dedicated readers of Mr Fletcher’s oeuvre may be aware that I’m something of a fan of his books. In fact, I blurbed the last two for him. Dedicated readers of my ownoeuvre may be aware that we’re friends. In fact, he kindly sent me the copy of Swarm and Steel I’m about to review. It’s with joy an...
August 30, 2017
This is Michael Fletcher’s 4th book – Beyond Redemption, The Mirror’s Truth, and The Ghosts of Tomorrow (which I’ve read but not yet reviewed) being the first 3 – and he keeps getting better. Over each one the narratives have gotten tighter. Less dead space. Not that there was much to begin with....
August 23, 2017
To tell what is essentially a love story, set in a world where the insane manifest all of their numerous delusions, takes some serious writing skills. Well done, sir.
Oh, and I'm pretty sure this book has the highest body count of any book I've ever read.
September 12, 2017
And with that, Fletcher's epic series of the weirdest and most despicable set of characters in fantasy comes to a close.
It's no surprise that the cast in this novel included three personalities of one person fighting for domination among themselves, a love affair between a cannibal (think the ori...
March 04, 2017
A corpse and a cannibal fall in love...
I was fortunate enough to get a review copy of Mike Fletcher's new novel, Swarm and Steel, which I devoured with as much enthusiasm as one of the characters eats raw heart.
As this was my first foray into the universe of the manifest delusions, I did strugg...