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Publisher's Summary

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 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.
©2007 Wayne Barlowe (P)2010 Audible, Inc
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Critic Reviews

"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.” (
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5 out of 5 stars
By Berserk on 05-10-12

Pretty epic

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.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jason on 01-26-11

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.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stefan on 06-25-11

Fantastic reading

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 :)

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 01-06-12

interesting idea.

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.

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