König’s Fire

Deep in the German forest, one soldier resists the greatest human evils. This October, beware the groans of nature in Marc Schooley’s dark thriller König’s Fire.
on Sep 11, 2023 · 3 comments

Deep in the German forest, one soldier resists the greatest human evils.

This October, beware the groans of nature in Marc Schooley’s dark thriller König’s Fire.

Book Quest guidance: König’s Fire

  • Quest guide: E. Stephen Burnett
  • Genre: historical paranormal
  • Skill level: age 17 and older

Quest destinations

  • Oct. 2–8: Chapters 1–11
  • Oct. 9–15: Chapters 12–23
  • Oct. 16–22: Chapters 24–34
  • Oct. 23–31: Chapters 35–43

Find the book

  • König’s Fire won the 2011 Carol Award for best Christian-made speculative novel. The title is currently out of print.
  • As of today, Amazon offers used copies. Get them while they’re hot!

Lorehaven reviews König’s Fire

Deus et natua non faciunt frusta. “God and nature do not work together in vain.” But rebel humans wage their wars against both. Marc Schooley’s novel König’s Fire (2010) guides readers into 1940s Germany, when the Nazi army enlists reluctant soldier Sascha König to help execute their newly invented evil. In a hidden prison cave, they demand König imitate Nebuchadnezzar of old, heating a fiery furnace to destroy the innocents. König’s conscience and visions, however, plus the groanings of a decayed forest full of vengeful creatures, will challenge this conspiracy. Schooley turns up the spiritual heat and eeriness that haunts this deep-thought historical fantasy. Some readers may feel smothered by biblical and literary allusions. Others will lean even closer, risking the singe of powerful prose that may convict our very souls.

Best for: Fans of paranormal parables whose darkness beckons to light.

Discern: Nazi soldiers commit atrocities that are mostly off-page but with serious consequences, resulting trauma in the souls of good men, heroes forced to make hard decisions in the complexity of war, implied compromise with war crimes, gritty themes of man’s sinful nature versus God’s wrath.

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  1. Richard New says:

    This was a seriously evil story. Major creepy and I did not enjoy it.

    • Cat says:

      It deals with a very evil time in history, that’s for sure. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy it. So much has happened over the last few years that I’m looking forward to rereading it in the light of big shifts in culture and governance.

    • As our review notes, the story does include portrayals of evil as well as speculative creepery, such as the fictional Pflanzen kriegerin, or plant-men. Yet the story itself is no more guilty of these pictures of evil than our true God is for allowing evil into His real world. In fact, that’s a major theme of the novel itself. Ex malo, bonum. Out of evil, good.

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