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Lord demon
Zelazny, Roger.
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New York : Avon Eos, [1999]

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276 pages ; 25 cm
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The great wars between gods and demons began five millennia ago--and ended with the demons' crushing defeat and banishment from their homeland. The demon race would have surely perished in the empty dimension of their exile had they not found a secret conduit to a safe and hidden plane...called Earth.

Greatest among the demons was Kai Wren--the Godslayer and Lord Demon--a master swordsman, dreamer, and glassblower who can contain entire universes in bottles of his creation; a legendary warrior who once, long ago, singlehandedly destroyed a god. But now, Kai Wren must seek vengeance for the murder of his devoted human servant, and he fears that this one death heralds the crumbling of a peace that has reigned for a thousand years.

Forced into a series of uncomfortable alliances, Kai Wren strives to preserve the Demon Realms. But his heart has become his fatal weakness, growing soft during years of peace. He has given trust where trust should not be given, only to discover that among his closest companions are those who will betray him--even destroy him--unless he can regain that which once made him Lord Demon.

Author Notes

Roger Zelazny was born in Euclid, Ohio on May 13, 1937. After receiving a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and a M.A. from Columbia University, he began publishing science fiction stories in 1962. He received six Hugo awards, three Nebula awards including one in 1966 for And Call Me Conrad and 2 Locus awards. He died of kidney failure secondary to colorectal cancer on June 14, 1995.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

In the second of Zelazny's novels left unfinished at his death and completed by Lindskold, there are again no visible seams between his and her contributions, which is more than can be said for some books by living collaborators. The plot, another of Zelazny's brilliant takes on mythic material, might be alternatively entitled "The Demon Who Learns Better." Chief among the demons exiled to earth five millennia ago, Kai Wren has just finished his masterpiece of glassblowing--a bottle capable of holding a miniature universe--when his valuable and genuinely respected human servant is assassinated. Kai sets out to find and punish the murderer, even though doing so threatens to break the long-standing unity of the exiled demons and even to restart the war that led to their exile. Kai learns that many fewer demons--and more humans--can be trusted than he had thought. Although parts of the book read like a fantastic Watergate, it remains a thoroughly absorbing tale, full of delicately nuanced language and a credit to both authors. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

Zelazny left two novel manuscripts unfinished when he died in 1995. One was Donnerjack, which Lindskold (Brother to Dragons, etc.) completed for 1998 publication. This is the second. Zelazny is best known for characters who, in between waging interdimensional battles and building planets, still have time to be very human. Lord Demon, also called Kai Wren, and sometimes Godslayer, follows that familiar model. Once the greatest of his kind, Kai, along with the other demons, was banished from their homeland 5000 years ago by the gods. The demons found a way to Earth, specifically China, where they rebuilt their lives. For the last few millennia, Kai has withdrawn from demon society, focused on constructing splendid magical bottles infused with his chi. Now his human servant and best friend has been murdered. Assuming the crime is merely one born of an old grudge, Kai doesn't take it too seriously. That is, until he's betrayed and stripped of his ability to manipulate chi energyÄreducing him to the merely human in a new war among demonkind. Fighting back means dangerous alliances and sticking his neck out as he hasn't done for thousands of years. Most dangerous of all, however, is the possibility that Kai is just a pawn in a plot that passed him by years ago. Though the novel is slow to get moving, once the fight is on, it doesn't let up. The narrative weaves a fine line between tragedy and humor, sometimes slapstick, as Kai gathers a ragtag band of Chinese sorcerers and shape changers and Pekinese dogs. Lindskold effectively captures the voices of Zelazny's wise-cracking characters and continues the expert blending of magical and mundane that makes his work so enjoyable. This novel is fine Zelazny, and a fine tribute. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Exiled from their homeland after losing their ancient war against the gods, the demons find a refuge on Earth, striving to maintain an alliance with the human race. When an enemy murders his human servant, Kai Wren, once known as Lord Demon, embarks on a crusade of vengeance, despite the possibility that his actions might shatter the tentative arrangements between mortals and demonkind. Filled with offbeat humor and sparkling images, Zelazny's final novelÄcompleted by his friend and biographer LindskoldÄprovides a last glimpse into the font of creativity and brash imagination that made Zelazny one of sf's most memorable writers. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.