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To Reign in Hell

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To Reign in Hell

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Author: Steven Brust
Publisher: Orb Books, 2000
Ace Books, 1985
SteelDragon Press, 1984
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Book Type: Novel
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: Theological
Dark Fantasy
Mythic Fiction (Fantasy)
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This is a story of Creation. There is a substance of raw chaos: cacoastrum; and stuff of order: illiaster. From the illiaster came consciousness that resulted in the firstborn angels: Yaweh, Satan, Michael, Lucifer, Raphael, Leviathan and Belial. The firstborn create Heaven in order to protect themselves from the cacoastrum, which threatens to destroy them. This event is later referred to as the 'First Wave.' The walls of heaven have collapsed two times since then, resulting in the Second and Third Waves, creating, respectively, the archangels and angels.

Trouble arises when Yaweh, worried about the imminent Fourth Wave, devises The Plan: the blueprint for a new, larger Heaven (Earth), with walls that the cacoastrum cannot destroy. Unfortunately, at least a thousand angels will die during the construction of his new Paradise. Yaweh charges Satan with securing the cooperation of every angel in Heaven, and Satan finds himself wondering if they have the ethical right to coerce anyone into participating.

In this novel, Brust has created an epic, imaginative retelling of Milton's Paradise Lost.


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