By Wayne Barlowe
(Tor Fantasy, Hardcover, 9780765309853, 432pp.)
Publication Date: December 30, 2008
Categories: Fantasy - General
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.
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.
Praise for God's Demon:
—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 fascinating novel that will ring true to anyone who has ever hoped for forgiveness."
--Booklist (Starred Review)
“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.”
"Hell's denizens struggle for redemption in this evocative epic fantasy . . . [Barlowe] succeeds; at some points, his depictions of both the grandeur and the horror of Hell even surpass his original paintings and drawings . . . a vivid travelogue of a place we'd all like to avoid."
"Best known for extraordinarily imaginative fantasy art, Barlowe now sets his talents to writing equally compelling speculative fiction . . . a compelling view of Hell and of a demon who seeks redemption."
"An electrifying, chilling trip through the netherworld. The landscape is so well depicted, you can smell the brimstone and feel the despair."
--Romantic Times BOOKreviews (A Top Pick)