God's Demon

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Macmillan, Dec 30, 2008 - Fiction - 352 pages

God's Demon is a "fascinating"* dark fantasy novel of a fallen warrior seeking atonement from award-winning author and renowned artist Wayne Barlowe.

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, 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.

*Guillermo del Toro, Academy Award-Winning Director of The Shape of Water

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User Review  - Tonestaple - LibraryThing

I finished this months ago, but the author's image of hell has stayed with me: souls used as building materials; people used as anything; always dark, constant storms, never-ending gloom, truly a dreadful place. Read full review

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User Review  - ChanceMaree - LibraryThing

If I were a believer in mankind's rendition of hell (and especially of one so artfully sketched by Mr. Barlowe), I'd spend the rest of my days on earth in fear and on a constant campaign to become a ... Read full review

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Prologue
Chapter XX
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Wayne Barlowe is an artist, author and film concept designer whose bestselling book, Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials is a modern classic, as are Expedition, Barlowe's Inferno and Brushfire. His concept designs have appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hellboy and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Blade 2, and his own Discovery Channel program Alien Planet. His artwork has appeared in galleries and museum shows across the country, as well as Life, Time, and Newsweek.

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