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The imagery that Christopher Starr uses in The Road To Hell is of such ethereal quality, describing so eloquently the happenings in the heavenly places, that reading his work brings to mind CS Lewis' Screwtape Letters and the like. But what makes The Road To Hell unique even in that vein, is the plunge it takes into the mysterious and foggy arena of theology's greatest unknown - the circumstances surrounding the fall of Lucifer and how it could have happened.
Starr crafts a world where angels are more akin to our concept of mythological gods (which may have been fallen angels), the universe feels like a whimsical dimension subject to the will of those angels, and all of existence takes place in the hand of God. This story leaves our concept of such unseen worlds to be greatly pondered.
The Scriptures are strangely silent when it comes to Lucifer's fall - in that we are given no idea as to "how" it could have happened. We are told that he wanted to be like God and led a rebellion against God with a great multitude of angels, but how could that happen? Why would Satan want to be like God, how could things in heaven have brought him to such a place of rebellion? And how could he possibly have turned so much of God's host? These questions provide the framework for Starr's story. I found his concept interesting and thought-provoking, and rather enjoyed his timeline of events.
The story is told through the eyes of Lucifer, Michael, Gabriel, and other angels, and really tries to make you "feel" the circumstances that lead to war in heaven. and the universe.
Not a theological treatise by any means, we are given the ability to imagine what might have been, how it could have went down, and that freedom to wonder is The Road To Hell's most valuable attribute. That Starr's writing so mystically represents the metaphysical world of angels, demons, and creation itself, only helps us to imagine all the more.
Posted January 4, 2012
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