Burn In Hades (The Darker Side of Light, Book 1)

Burn In Hades (The Darker Side of Light, Book 1)

by Michael L. Martin Jr.

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Cross never forgives because he never forgets.

Haunted by the Hell of his past transgressions, he sets out on an epic journey across the underworld to paradise--not to frolic in the gardens with the righteous, but to drink from the river Lethe which causes complete forgetfulness.

He's a rare soul who remembers his life before death, known throughout the underworld as "The Man Who Remembers". There's a bounty on his memories, and envious spirits hunt his head to steal them.

Erasing his mind will get the spirits off his neck and allow him to keep his crown on its throne, but he will have to continue his afterlife in an ignorant bliss. Even more unfortunate for him, paradise is guarded by a great wall that annihilates any soul that gets too close. No member of the damned has ever broken in.

Burn in Hades is an action packed and fast-paced fantasy by Michael L. Martin Jr. It is the first book in The Darker Side of Light saga.


Martin has built a world so rich and complex, fans are eagerly picking apart every word and hunting for clues! Burn in Hades bridges mythology from over fourteen different cultures with Martin's original concepts and will engage both loyal and casual fantasy readers.

Taking inspiration from Sergio Leone's epic spaghetti western, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Martin weaves a sweeping tale of battles, betrayals, and unlikely bonds. The plot revolves around three main characters: a human soul who goes by the name Cross; a fallen angel called The Raven, who follows her own law; and a demon named Diamond Tooth, who's simply terrifying.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013544543
Publisher: Michael L. Martin Jr.
Publication date: 11/25/2011
Series: The Darker Side of Light , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Michael L. Martin Jr. is an author of fantasy who believes magic should always be magical because it's, well, magic. His tales combine fantastic monsters, magic and mystery with a dash of whimsy; and consist of characters who embark on dark journeys and fun adventures through wondrous worlds.

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Burn In Hades 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SPSipal More than 1 year ago
It's rare that I read a book which transports me beyond enjoyment to pure excitement, but Burn in Hades by Michael L. Martin Jr. does just that. Martin tells a compelling story about a former slave and convict's journey through the underworld in search of redemption. In reading Burn in Hades, I was amazed at the depth and breadth of Martin's vision of the underworld and all its realms, from the ancient Egyptian Duat to an updated version of the Greek Charon to the magical calabash tree of the Mayan Xibalba. As Cross is tormented with his memories of the life and people he left behind and the confusion around what led to his untimely death, he must also deal with underworld bounty hunters who prize those very rare memories his head contains--including one very special lady con-artist, The Raven, who becomes is mercurial partner and primary adversary. Through Cross' initial journey to rid himself of these tormenting memories, then his fight to keep the treasured knowledge those memories guard, he sorts through ideas of trust, forgiveness, and redemption. In the end, he must decide if he can trust The Raven to guide him to lead the resurrection of the dead, or if she has conned him into the ultimate, and final, second death. I'm not sure if I'm more impressed with Martin's fully-alive (but dead!) characters, his insightful concepts, his fast-paced storytelling, or his incredibly detailed world building, but what I know for sure is that I thoroughly enjoyed this read and cannot wait for the second book of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catches the scent of a mouse. She looks around, and sees it scuffling under a pile of dead leaves. Dropping into a crouch, she moves silently across the ground. Once she is close enough, she pounces, killing it. She buries her catch and keeps hunting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I &hearts you!!!
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Im back
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun read, don't miss it. Totally different from anything i have read. Very worth my time.
smcrey More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and very original. Hope to read more.