The powerful Lord Sargatanas, Brigadier-general in Beelzebub's 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.
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"Fascinating." (Guillermo del Toro, Director of Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth)
"Scary stuff? Maybe. Gross and hideous and disgusting? Now and then. There's also hope and loyalty and internecine plotting-politics as usual and unusual....Hopes, fears, escapes, affections, acceptances all roil in the ashy smokes above and around the characters." (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
"A fierce and stout narrative that echoes certain other fantasy classics even more so than it does the canonical authors Milton and Dante, while retaining a splendid novelty of conception....given all these inflowing currents into the mighty river of Barlowe's own imagination, the book attains a weighty magnificence." (SciFi.com)
If you are into "hell in a semi christian setting" this is brilliant. He builds a hell that is truely evil and believable. The plot is not too complicated and is pretty easy to predict, but thats not the major element of this book in my humble opinion, its the setting...and it does that truely well :)
Self employed Architect. Listen whilst working and every night. Love sci fi, post Apocalypse, comedy, fantasy, historical & horror.
Not quite my cup of tea, not sure how I expected Hell and demons to be portrayed really but something didnt sit right for me the way that they are portrayed here. I suppose being a borderline atheist / agnostic I really should not have chosen this book in the first place, but it seemed an interesting listen and I would say it was that. If you do have religious beliefs however, I expect this book my come close to what you would call blasphemy and you may not enjoy it, so I am not really sure who would find this book an ideal listen.
Get ready for a wild ride Because Wayne Barlowe is going to take you on a fantastic trip to HELL! The thing the most stands out about this novel is the sheer scope of the imagination of the author. This is really a great book I recommend you give it a shot.
"An interesting spin on the classic epic fantasy"
Wayne Barlowe deserves praise for finding an interesting way to retell a classic "sword and sorcery" story. While it's not a perfect work, it's absolutely worth a listen to see how the biblical backstory is woven into the tale. If these characters had been another batch of Tolkein-esque elves and orcs in a forest I would have been bored. Thankfully Barlowe went another route and it really paid off.
Audio note: I would recommend downloading the maximum quality audio if your device supports it. On the lower quality setting the narrator can seem a little flat at times, but I found with the higher quality the nuances in his voice came through.
"An Enjoyable Book"
A different kind of fantasy story that may not be for everyone as it has some dark descriptions of hell. However if you are not bothered by the storyline its a great book and held my attention all the way to the end, I would reccomend to anybody who finds the premise interesting
"Strange And Just Slightly Entertaining"
I really wanted to like this book - it had the sense of something new and different - unfortunately, I was left wanting.
Although the story is interesting and puts a sci fi twist to the biblical "Fall", it just didn't really grab my attention or keep me even mildly interested. The narrator was certainly good, but had one of those voices that I just couldn't get used too - it started to grate on me. Thankfully, I finished the book before I had to give up on it.
"A great read. Beautifully narrated"
Grand, Noble, Royal.
Sarcatanas - inspiring hope where there is none. Fighting the darkness.
Sarcatanas, Elagor and "the Fly."
I read the physical book once. Twice. This time I choose to hear it, and the narrator was FANTASTIC! HE did all the characters each unique. A job well done. This book deserved nothing less. Recommended. Wayne Barlow has created a true masterpiece.
I really wondered if I would enjoy God's Demon. I read the reviews and decided I would give it a try. It was the most complete writing for me on hell. I know it is fiction but it gave me a lot to think about. To think of being separated from God and to be surrounded with such darkness, is painful. The story was well written, required my absolute attention or I missed something and had to rewind. The battle to get back to heaven and once again feel the power of His presence and the beauty of God was sometimes painful but powerful. I plan to read again because I am sure I missed some things because the story was so intense.
What I liked best was the war that was waged in hell to escape hell for all the right reasons.
The narration was great. I was able to follow. There was just the right tone and voice.
Yes, the description of what was done to the souls and the cost of rebellion was deep.
"Dark and Honorable"
A different and intriguing look into Hell that humanized the main characters and scared you wonderfully.
"Post-ironic hell in artistic rendering"
When I read that Barlowe is an artist who has worked for films, things clicked for me. This is a text full of images. Barlowe describes a hell that is stiff, stiff to the point of becoming a series of panoramas.
In a sense, this is a post-ironic novel. It might as well have been written hundred years ago, although I doubt authors of that time would have had that much material from popular culture to draw upon when describing hell. Barlowe's demons don't joke. They take on dramatic postures and deliver Shakespearian lines. They are more like Greek Gods than creatures of the pit, albeit Greek Gods with deformed exteriors.
Yes, the novel's cosmology bears resemblance to those found in books like Gaiman's Sandman and Ennis' Hellblazer. But again, the irony is entirely gone. As is, interestingly, the cynicism. Barlowe is a very anti-modern author, who also seems to take his created world very seriously. The best comparison is perhaps with Tolkien, who was similarly devoid of distance to his subject matter.
Now, does this make for a good book? Yes, I think it does. Firstly, it is beautiful to the extent that hell can be beautiful. The book conjures up strange, hellish landscapes where the souls of the damned suffer under the yoke of their demon lords, but where the latter also indulge in aesthetic pleasures and have millenia to perfect their arts and their cities. Secondly, it is an unusually hopeful book that might even be described as anti-cynic. Thirdly, it has a nicely structured drama at its core, that is easy to engage in and follow.
The book reads as a classical tale of empire. I was reminded of the Chinese Romance of the Three Kingdoms. This worked fine for me. However, I suspect it is not a book for everyone, and that some readers may find it slow-paced, dry and demanding. Structure is a keyword. If you are a reader that can discern and enjoy complex structures in the novels you read, you will enjoy Barlowe's work. If you only read what is on the present page, I suspect you will not.
"I guess I'm too dumb"
I had a hard time following this book. A number of the characters had unusual names that all sounded the same to me. I usually only listen to only 30 minutes a day and became very confused as to who was doing what. I decided it was not worth my time to finish the book and quit long before the end.
"Narrator from the pits of Hell....."
I was excited to listen to this book, especially after all the reviews I have read about it from other sources. I only wish someone had written a review about this narrator before I purchased. The sample did not give him credit, on his...... lack of skills or feelings when reading. I feel like banging my head against the wall and now know how the tormented souls feel in the book when I hear his voice. I have tried and tried to listen and keep interest, but I cannot muster the strength and will power. I have yet to not listen to a book all the way through, but there is always a first, and I fear it may be this one. I think listeners would be better off buying the book or waiting for a new narrator.
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