Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Sadeiest by Austrian Spencer - Book Tour & Review

The Sadeiest

Is today a good day to die?

Death – a walking skeleton armed with a scythe, a rider of the apocalypse, it has always been assumed – is a man that brings the souls of the dead to wherever they are destined to go.

But what if we got that wrong? What if he were a ghost that, instead of moving your soul on silently after you had died, actually did the hard part for you?

Death has to die, again and again, to pay for his sins, and to free trapped souls before their bodies perish – only to replace those souls, to die for them.

A Death whose existence is a curse, where the other riders of the Apocalypse are not his allies, but his enemies.

Armed only with his morals, his memories and the advice of a child teacher, Williams, a Sadeiest, travels through the deaths of other people, on his way to becoming something greater. Something that will re-define the Grim Reaper.

Death just came to life, in time to fight for a child hunted by the other horsemen of the Apocalypse.

How do you want to die today?

Purchase Link - mybook.to/thesadeiest

My Review
The Sadeiest is probably the most strange and unique book I've read this year. In fact, I've had difficulty finding the words to describe just how I felt about this book. It's definitely one of those stories that sticks with you long after you finish, and one that makes you think. It makes you take a step back and look at your life. If you were to die today, what would your afterlife look like? Would your soul move on to something else? Or would you become a ghost, left behind somewhere in-between, helping others while working towards your own...something? 
Williams is a man who happens to be a ghost. He's dead, but he hasn't moved on. Instead, he's become a Sadeiest, someone who guides other souls by dying for them so they can have peace. Sounds awful. And it kind of is. With only Heinrich to help him, Williams struggles with his new "life" after death. But that's only the beginning for Williams.
Honestly, I don't have words for how much this story resonated with me. It's beautiful and haunting, emotional and powerful. It's dark. It's hopeful. It's...definitely something else. 
I did take a little bit to get into the story, as I wasn't quite sure what was going on at first, but once I settled in, I was immersed and fully lost within the pages. It's fascinating.
I do think my favorite character in the story is John. There's just something about him that made me like him more than anyone else. 
Also, that cover is stunning. That was a big draw for me. I always love a good cover.
The Sadeiest also includes little strips of "comics" that contain little clues within them as well. It's a nice added touch to the story. I enjoyed it.
If you're looking for something a bit different that will take you to a higher plane of thinking, give The Sadeiest a read. 
4.5 stars.

Author Bio –

Austrian had an unfortunate trauma aged eight, when a truck drove over him and his ‘Grifter’ bike. This made him bedridden and a captive of books for too many years. The habit persisted throughout his life (reading books, not staying in bed), to the extent that his daughter’s first painting was of him holding a book, rather than her hand. He has the picture framed in the upstairs toilet, to look at whilst feeling vulnerable.

 He is the ‘glass-half-full’, an eternal optimist and believes passionately in you. You are doing exactly what you need to be doing at this moment in your life. He often thinks this, while staring at his daughter’s first painting.

 Austrian does not watch horror films, though enjoys horror books.  His influences include Alan Moore, Dave Sim, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, The family King, Iain M.Banks, from whom he wishes to learn. Be inspired.

 He owes them everything, despite their beards.

 The Sadeiest is Austrian’s debut novel.

Social Media Links –

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Website: https://www.austrianspencer.com/

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