Michael R. Fletcher has quickly become a house favorite in grimdark circles. Back in 2015, I was fortunate enough to have received an ARC of Michael’s first book Beyond Redemption, an excellent read with solid writing and a heavy grimdark flavor. It was one of my favorite reads of 2015. Last year, Beyond Redemption‘s sequel, The Mirror’s Truth was rated as one of my favorite books of 2016. The Mirror’s Truth also went on to win a stabby on r/fantasy. Now I have the privilege of revealing the cover of Michael’s latest book Swarm and Steel, the first in a new series set in the world of the Manifest Delusions, a world where beliefs define reality. Here’s the blurb:
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 Jeteko 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.
And without further ado, here is the cover of Swarm and Steel:
Swarm and Steel is set to release August of 2017 by Talos. The book can be preordered at the following links: