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God's Demon (Novel)

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God's Demon
God's Demon Book Cover, written by Wayne Barlowe
God's Demon Book Cover, written by Wayne Barlowe
Author(s) Wayne Barlowe
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date October 16, 2007 (Hardcover)
December 30, 2008 (Paperback, Mass Market Paperback and eBook)
Media type Hardcover
Mass Market Paperback
Length 352 Pages (Hardcover)
432 Pages (Mass Market Paperback)
352 Pages (Paperback and eBook)
ISBN 978-0765335777

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God's Demon is a novel written by Wayne Barlowe. In this work Lilith, the mother of demons, appears as a central character in the work.


  • Title: God's Demon
  • Author: Wayne Barlowe
  • Published By: Tor Books
  • Length: 352 Pages (Hardcover)
    432 Pages (Mass Market Paperback)
    352 Pages (Paperback and eBook)
  • Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Mass Market Paperback and eBook
  • ASIN: B004N635WM
  • ISBN-10: 0765309858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765309853 (Hardcover)
    978-0765348654 (Mass Market Paperback)
    978-0765335777 (Paperback)
  • Publishing Date: October 16, 2007 (Hardcover)
    December 30, 2008 (Paperback, Mass Market Paperback and eBook)

Plot Summary

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.

Book Review

The following review is from the Amazon.com link in the External Links below:

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From a fellow Milton fan
  • Reviewed On: November 17, 2007
  • Reviewed By: G. Gonzales

Let me first say that like Mr. Barlowe I am also a fan of John Milton's masterpiece Paradise Lost. I read Paradise Lost for the first time a few years ago and it instantly became my favorite piece of literature.

God's Demon is a fictional story inspired by Paradise Lost. It involves a high ranking fallen angel in hell who decides to struggle for redemption after many millennia of exile away from "the Above."

One must not assume, however, that the ideas in God's Demon are necessarily in line with Paradise Lost. For example, one of the ideas brought across by Milton in Paradise Lost was that "devil with devil firm concord holds," meaning that fallen angels do not fight amongst themselves. In God's Demon the fallen angels, from the beginning, set up fiefdoms in hell and are constantly warring with one another to enlarge their domains. Of course this is also not in line with Biblical ideas, as Christ once said that "if Satan were divided against Satan, his kingdom could not stand." This is just one of a number of incongruities between God's Demon and Paradise Lost.

That said, anyone interested in a story that involves supernatural forces of good and evil owes it to themselves to read this book. As I see it, the best fantasy and sci-fi works explore one of the most important questions in the history of human philosophy: WHAT IF? In God's Demon Barlowe does an exemplary job of considering the implications of a fallen angel who truly repents for having followed Lucifer in his rebellion against heaven.

There's a lot I want to say after having just finished reading this book, but I'll just share what amazes me most about God's Demon. This book is extremely powerful emotionally. I could feel tears welling up in my eyes in the scene where the character Lilith sees Lord Sargatanas's heavenly murals for the first time. That scene does indeed evoke a sense of divine beauty.

Anyway, to sum it up this is definitely a book worth reading by anyone who is into fantasy fiction. It has vivid descriptions of a hellish landscape, it has suspense, it has romance, and it has some phenomenal action scenes. I highly recommend it.

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