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The Sadeiest

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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, t
Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published November 27th 2020 by darkstroke / crooked cat
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Eric Weule
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Sadeiest is a novel to be savored. Every word. Every sentence. Every storyline. The writing creates a world of dark beauty filled with death, redemption, and an approaching apocalypse. Some of its most memorable moments are both brutally violent and emotionally powerful. Books, the good ones, transport you. The Sadeiest is one of those books. The violence is intense. The concepts are vast and complex. The story completely engrossing and satisfying.
Charlie Tyler
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel is amazing, but prepare for your head to explode whilst reading it. This is the most challenging book I’ve encountered since Stuart Turton’s The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I’m certain that Austrian ‘The Rant’ Spencer will be delighted to know that this book enraged and absorbed me in equal measures. It made me, in random succession, feel cranky, sick, happy and tearful. It’s not a book you can dip into – the concentration needed to get your head around what is happening is hug ...more
Denise Bloom
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Totally absorbing. A kaleidoscope of a story twisting and turning stories within stories. As a horror fan the descriptions satisfied my gruesome heart. It is a book nightmares are made of.
J.P Stewart
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A modern-day celebration of philosophical horror and complex storytelling

The Sadeiest is a book that defies genre definition. Just when you think you have a handle on the intertwining plots, the fantastical world, and the rules that govern this tale of horror and dark fantasy, it pivots and warps into something else entirely, building layer upon layer of complexity, lore, character motivations and non-linear story elements that’ll either ignite the completive reader instinct in you to examine ev
Traveling Cloak
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I want to start this review off by pointing out a few important trigger warnings. The Sadeiest is about death and describes people dying in many different ways in detail (including death by suicide, disease, drowning, etc). If that is a trigger or even just an upsetting topic to you, please do not continue.

It is also important to say that while this book is about death, it is not particularly violent. There are very few scenes that portray person-to-person violence. I think that is an important
Rose McClelland
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What happens when we die? Does our soul go elsewhere? These are mysteries we all ponder from time to time. Austrian Spencer answers these questions in a challenging and explosive way in his novel “The Sadeiest”.

This book is unique, horrifying, gripping and grotesque. It’s a must for fans of Stephen King and for any reader who enjoys a challenge. Prepare to be hooked from the start and mind-blown throughout.
P.J. Mordant
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could seriously lose my mind trying to unpack the plot, themes, strands, threads, stories, substories of The Sadeiest (TS). I'll leave the details to you. In the very briefest of inadequate summaries, in order to make any sort of review possible, somewhere near the beginning-ish we are introduced to Death, an entity haunted within by the voices of his predecessors all vying for attention. It is a management issue. And it isn’t the first. There are hosts of souls to be saved, wrested from the d ...more
Jennifer Worrell
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Spencer's skill with imagery is enviable in The Sadeiest; he can switch from beauty to gritty violence seamlessly. With twists and turns to keep you guessing, and a subplot involving a young lady named Greta that had me most enthralled. Her plight—and the influence on character motivations—is a harrowing twist on an already tearful story. The question of Karma and reincarnation is played out within these pages, via text and gorgeous sketches. As you follow the two leads through their fates and r ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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-betwe ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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My last post for today is another horror/dark fantasy novel, The Sadeiest. This is another “smart read” book, with intertwining plots and an interesting format. Intertwined in the novel are comic style pages that the author states were his original plan for the book - a graphic novel. These are not as easy to view on a kindle e-ink device but you can, although I think seeing them in print would be so much more to the story. You must pay attention to these though, as
Jessica Belmont
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Sadeiest is author, Austrian Spencer‘s debut novel, and it is stunning. I went through all of the emotions, and was absolutely floored when I learned this was a debut. There is a graphic novel built inside this novel, and I think it adds a layer of depth that would not have been there without. There are clues within them, so they are a vital part of the story and the creativity to add them in was awesome.
This is definitely a character driven novel with unforgettable characters. I am s
Sarah Davis
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To say this is an emotive book would be an understatement. Seriously, I was hooked at the start, although I had to process my thoughts a few days before reviewing. The Sadeiest, by Austrian Spencer, takes the reader on a wild and macabre ride that pushes you into realms not only dark and shocking but poignant and illuminating. With fantastic graphic novel illustrations, it sets forth a unique and thoughtful take on souls' caretaking as people die, the tale of the coming Apocalypse, and so much m ...more
Tyler Cram
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for dark and brutal, with an excellent redemption story, look no further.
This book is absolutely wild. I've never been engrossed by something so surreal. There are really well done illustrations throughout that add to the immersion. Spencer's writing is predicated on insane descriptions and beautifully terrifying prose.

The characters very well rounded, the Williams and Heinreich are the rays of light in the dark. They have fun banter and a master/apprentice relationship. It's
Catherine Fearns
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books where I kept highlighting sentences on my Kindle to go back and read again later. I'm always attracted to books that address themes of religion, heaven and hell, sin and redemption, but this was a completely unique take that really left me thinking. An audacious premise and even more audacious structure, that incorporates many styles and is illustrated by graphic novel inserts. This is not an easy read, and you will be challenged throughout, not least if you have a we ...more
Leah Putz
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is not for the faint-hearted. It will hit you like a train. You will have to comand huge strength and willpower to pick yourself up from the tracks and keep reading. And keep reading you must for this is a tour de force of a book. It is unique. It has a powerful message. It will stay with you.
The Sadeiest is about death and redemption but not in the tired conventional sense. It is a totally new take on the philosophy of dying, of sin and redemption. Williams, guided by his child-mentor
Molly-Jaye Kirchner
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had many thoughts while reading this book: Damn! Masterpiece! Holy sh**! How did he come up with that? Mind-blowing! But overall, my feeling for this book can be summed into the word whoa! A web of beautiful storytelling and stream-of-consciousness writing that I nearly forgot I loved so much. Reminiscent of To a God Unknown by Steinbeck, this book is simply amazing! I highly recommend reading this and cannot wait for the next book in the series!
Ashley Meggitt
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Sadeiest takes you on a surreal journey pushing you along its path in such unusual ways that you can feel excited by it and yet slightly fearful for your grip on reality. It interweaves storylines as threads stitching together the world as we know it and that of the ever dying Sadeiest.

Spenser’s concepts are realised in a spectacular fashion, pushing the reader to experience brutal deaths, and as with the main protagonists the Sadeiests, Williams and Henreich, you learn to endure them but n
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You might think that “world building” wouldn’t be an applicable category in a book set in our world and not some fictitious realm. For this book you would be wrong. Spencer’s version of the afterlife is unique and masterfully crafted, and the scenes involving the living feel grounded in reality.

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Henreich was probably my favorite character, though every character in this book is done phenomenally well. His whole arc, atti
Cheryl M-M
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
The read is intermittently broken up with graphic novel illustrations and helps to cement the feeling of violence and uncertainty, whereas the words drive a wedge between what we think we know and an alternate reality. It's a dark hole that might make you feel uncomfortable, because what if all the other theories about death and souls are just an attempt to gloss over the horrific truth. Death becomes the victim, the sufferer instead of the looming figure everyone fears.

'Passionately believes yo
Austrian Spencer
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The Sadeiest is the first part of a series of books, to be continued with The Masocheist. It contains trigger warnings - bad language, scenes of death, implied torture, sex, violence, self harm, elements which are unavoidable when dealing with the manifestation of death, yet I have attempted to illustrate those subjects paying mind to the sensibilities of younger readers.
The name "The Sadeiest" has itself been amended to make google searches of that name less likely to produce images that paren
Dan Clark
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a great read with captivating characters and an original storyline.

I was hooked from from the first chapter!
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