One of Steven Brust's best works, To Reign in Hell is an inventive
retelling of the revolt of angels in heaven and the fall of Lucifer
and those angels who stood by his side. This heaven however was
carved out by the changing of "cacoastrum" (basically chaos itself)
into "illiaster" which is bound by the laws of nature Yaweh
created. Thus heaven is created as a "bubble" of reality in a sea
of chaos. During this initial creation - Lucifer and the archangels
came into existence and helped to shore up Yaweh's creation. But
the sea of chaos attacks the illiaster in waves that must be fought
off again and again.
During these battles, those angels which come in direct contact
with the cacoastrum lose something of themselves and are
transformed into lesser creaters. Beelzebub aquires the form of a
dog, another angel becomes a leviathan, another a dragon. Each
battle destroys some, and transforms others.
This is an excellent novel - I highly recommend it to any and all
science fantasy fans. Steven Brust's writting is top notch.
originally posted by Lady Sekhmet on 2005-06-01, no edits, entryid=1576