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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Based on the popular Christian myth of the fallen angels, The Quest to Overthrow Heaven by Bolko Zimmer is an inspirational Christian story that transports readers to the very beginning of time. The world is inhabited by heavenly beings — seraphim, cherubim, and a multitude of angels. Compelled by an insatiable quest for power and vanity, the cherub prince, Lucifer, conspires with a third of the angels to overthrow the Supreme Spirit. These fallen angels will be a source of terror and unimaginable evil that will befall humankind. When Michael and many other angels are sent to watch over humanity, they are met with war from the prince of darkness and many of them die because they were never armed in the first place. Follow Michael and the few survivors as they escape, aided by the Supreme Spirit, and witness the final battle to determine the rightful ruler of heaven.
Bolko Zimmer succeeds in giving life to the myth that has been at the heart of Christian teachings, exploring the primordial battle between good and evil with brilliance and a lot of creativity and genius. The spiritual atmosphere of the novel is strong and readers are, indeed, transported to a spiritual realm to witness the birth of evil and the triumph of good. The writing in The Quest to Overthrow Heaven is beautiful and loaded with vivid descriptions. The exquisite character of the setting, the gorgeous writing, the three-dimensional nature of the characters, and the phenomenal conflict are elements of Bolko Zimmer’s book that I enjoyed. The themes of creation, loyalty, the battle between good versus evil, and power are beautifully explored in this narrative. The story also has powerful lessons for readers and one of the central lessons is that truth and good always triumph over evil.