Imagine, hundreds of years after the rapture has taken the faithful and left the rest of mankind to the apocalypse. humans no longer hold the top most post in the world demons rule over man like shepherds over their flock. these demons and daemons rules over mankind and we go about our lives on cursed earth. a wicked overlord and brotherhood of demons lead the lives of a band of rebels that fight against the evils plans of a mad arch-demon who wants to be a god.
this wasteland is a fertile soil for a great story of struggle and honour in a world gone beyond the point of redemption. this is a bold story with a rich cast of characters that are pushed beyond the point of no-return, being only able to count on each other as the story unfolds. the fast paced and epic scope is a refreshing counter-point to the inner struggles of the characters. literately starting in a world pushed beyond madness, the issues of religion, faith and belief are tested over and over throughout this novel.
J. Alton Mast tackles some difficult issues and creates a rich world of dark mystery and future crisis. What event could be a greater start to a tale then the end of the world. what is left of mankind is abandoned to the fates of hell and it real turns the notion of what it is to be a human, demon or angle on it’s head. the characters are complex and detailed giving a real life to these individuals that you struggle with through endless trials.
I tore through this novel as i was dragged down into an alternative future of post-apocalyptic earth in the grip of rule by demons. beyond the obvious themes that were dealt with there was a strong development of character and the understanding of the human spirit. what could be harder than bringing together the ruling race of demons lording over a fallen world and the people that live and die in a fallen wasteland. everything is about the balance of power and the pursuit of life against the backdrop of mankind’s worst nightmare.
i would recommend this book highly and suggest that you clear your schedule because you will not want to put the book down.