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Blog Article 54: A Review of Guy S. Stanton, III’s Christian Fantasy Novel Fire Prophets, Book 1: The Way
Fantasy and science fiction: It’s a genre few Christian writers have adequately explored but an underground fire of inspiration has burst forth within the self-published author community. They are ready to tackle these new grounds of ministry with pens ignited with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, forerunners of the past, have demonstrated to us that Christian imagery can be carefully woven through the tapestry of storytelling. This tradition has continued in one such self-published author named Guy S. Stanton, III. Stanton’s Fire Prophet series introduces the reader to a fantastic world of imagination inspired by Biblical passages used to personify creations’ praising of God.
Throughout the Bible, numerous passages reference the praise of objects, landscapes, animals, plants, and even the universe in a constant state of praising God. In passages like Luke 19:40b, even Jesus Himself stated in rebuke to the Pharisees that “if they keep quiet [referring to crowd praising Him], the stones will cry out [with praises].”
A literary critic could easily dismiss these personifications as just that but even science has documented this “music” of the universe through the study of soundwaves and frequencies associated with stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies. (Don’t believe me, try a web search! It’s a fascinating study of the cosmos!). Almost every animal on earth uses some form of music to communicate. Even plants respond in better growth to certain styles of music. Based upon all of these examples, I would conclude that we are created for worship. So with this peculiarly placed idea, Stanton wove a story of fantasy celebrating the Christian imagery and theology.
In Stanton’s own words, he describes himself as “a dreamer, a poet, a lover, a husband, a father, and a man of God. I’m inspired by what I’ve seen and what I’ve read, but what I create with my words is where I dream” (Amazon, 2016, n.p.).
Stanton’s story opens with the traumatic tale of Tarik as the fire warriors lead an onslaught upon the Roalain Plains, wiping out his friends, his family, and everyone who is close to him. With instinctual survival coursing through his body, Tarik is forced to flee into the forbidden forest. Tarik is then forced to survive through the many encounters he has ultimately revealing that he is part of the grandest of conflicts between the forces of good versus evil.
Stanton’s story is very much a fantasy parallel to John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress from the 17th century. Furthermore, I enjoyed the Jewish mythology he incorporates into some of the creatures Tarik meets. Stanton has done his homework on the Jewish traditions of the Bible and honors them through the characters he has incorporated into his story.
Korva the tiger was my favorite character for me. When the reader first meets her, Stanton introduces her as this mystic character that may not be trusted. But as the story progresses, Korva becomes one of Tarik’s most loyal companions offering protection, wisdom, and strong ally to fight alongside. Her character definitely reminded me of C.S. Lewis’s Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia.
Through the different lands Tarik is led through, the story peaks at his climatic battle against a horde of dragons. It’s a page turner that will captivate the reader to the possibilities of what modern Christian fantasy can become. I look forward to the other books to come with this series.
How can you support Stanton? Lift him up in prayer. Ask the Lord to deposit more ideas as to teach Christian principles through the use of fantasy and science fiction. Support him through purchasing one of his stories, following him on social media, and hosting him for a book signing. Self-published authors need all the support they can get, so connect with him. I look forward to watching Stanton continue to write Christian fantasy and hopefully see a movie for one or many of his stories in the near future.
Guy S. Stanton, III’s Pages:
Personal Website: http://words-of-action.com/
Amazon. “About the Author.” Guy S. Stanton, III. https://www.amazon.com/Guy-Stanton-III/e/B00G7QFGL4 (accessed November 29, 2016)
Stanton III, Guy S. Fire Prophets, Book One: The Way. eBook. United States of America: Words of Action, 2016.
Words of Action. Fire Prophets Book Portrait. Fire Prophets. http://words-of-action.com/the-way-book-1/ (accessed December 9, 2016)
Words of Action. Guy S. Stanton, III Portrait. About the Author. http://words-of-action.com/about/ (accessed December 9, 2016)