Cleared: 1/3/2010 at about 9:20 pm
Verdict: LOVED IT.
God's Demon is a fantasy novel written by Wayne Barlowe. The story centers around a Demon Major (archdemon or demon lord) who, weary of Hell and filled with remorse over what he's become, decides to try and win his way back to Heaven. The rest of Hell, predictably, does not take this lying down. What follows is an intense, brutal, gruesome, and ultimately uplifting story of redemption, vengeance, politicking, and war. Some of the plot twists are somewhat predictable, but they're also very satisfying. Some surprisingly likable characters, too, considering the entire cast is damned souls and demons. Barlowe is very imaginative and consistent in his depiction of Hell, and does a good job of making his questers for redemption somewhat flawed and shaky on their feet. Nothing in the "theology" of the book particularly rankled me, either, which was nice. In some ways the themes in the book, particularly at the end, reminded me of C.S. Lewis's The Great Divorce. I'd heartily recommend God's Demon to anyone who likes a good fantasy.
On another note, it's nice to have finally cleared something other than a movie or TV show.