God's Demon

Wayne Barlow, Author . Tor $24.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0985-3

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. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/20/2007
Release date: 10/01/2007
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