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God's Demonby Wayne Barlowe
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Lucifer's War, which damned legions of angels to Hell, is an ancient and bitter memory shrouded in the smoke and ash of the Inferno. The Fallen, those banished demons who escaped the full wrath of Heaven, have established a limitless and oppressive kingdom within the fiery confines of Hell. Lucifer has not been seen since the Fall and the mantle of rulership has been passed to the horrific Prince Beelzebub, the Lord of the Flies.
The Demons Major, Heaven's former warriors, have become the ruling class. They are the equivalent to landed lords, each owing allegiance to the de facto ruler of Hell. They reign over their fiefdoms, tormenting the damned souls and adding to their wealth.
One Demon Major, however, who has not forgotten his former life in Heaven. The powerful Lord Sargatanas is restless. For millennia Sargatanas has ruled dutifully but unenthusiastically, building his city, Adamantinarx, into the model of an Infernal metropolis. But he has never forgotten what he lost in the Fall — proximity to God. He is sickened by what he has become.
Now, with a small event — a confrontation with one of the damned souls — he makes a decision that will reverberate through every being in Hell. Sargatanas decides to attempt the impossible, to rebel, to endeavor to go Home and bring with him anyone who chooses to follow...be they demon or soul. He will stake everything on this chance for redemption.
"Best known for extraordinarily imaginative fantasy art, Barlowe (Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials) now sets his talents to writing equally compelling speculative fiction. Inspired by Paradise Lost, Barlowe conjures up the creatures who sided with Lucifer and were ejected from heaven, thrown down into Hell to become freakishly mangled demons. After innumerable eons of exile, the demon Sargatanas has started to dream of being reunited with God. Sargatanas amasses an army to aid him in overthrowing Lucifer's regent, Beelzebub, in an attempt to catch God's eye. In a flash of inspiration, Sargatanas adds human souls to his army, under the direction of Hannibal. Together, human sinners and once-rebellious demons unite to vanquish Beelzebub in an all-out war. Barlowe's interpretation is not for the squeamish, with its horrifically explicit descriptions of demonic behavior, but it's a compelling view of Hell and of a demon who seeks redemption." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[Barlowe's] depictions of both the grandeur and the horror of Hell even surpass his original paintings and drawings." Kirkus Reviews
"Barlowe's envisioning of the landscape, architecture, and denizens of Hell is nothing short of awe-inspiring....[A] fascinating novel that will ring true to anyone who has ever hoped for forgiveness." Booklist (Starred Review)
A stirring novel of hope and redemption
The powerful Lord Sargatanas, Brigadier-general in Beelzebubs host, is restless. For millennia Sargatanas has ruled dutifully over an Infernal metropolis, but he has never forgotten what he lost in the Fall. He is sickened by what he has done and what he has become. Now, with a small event—a confrontation with a damned soul—he makes a decision that will reverberate through every being in Hell. Sargatanas decides to attempt the impossible, to rebel, to win his way Home and bring with him anyone who chooses to follow...be they demon or soul.
He will stake everything on fighting all the abominable forces of Hell arrayed against him, when the prize is nothing less than redemption.
About the Author
Wayne Barlowe is an award-winning artist who has created paintings for Life, Time, and Newsweek. His bestselling book, Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials, is a modern classic. His artwork hangs in the offices of James Cameron and Ridley Scott, among others. Barlowe lives in Rumson, New Jersey.
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