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Overview

Four hundred years after a deadly virus and nuclear war destroyed the modern world, a new and noble civilization emerges. In this kingdom, called Chiveis, snowcapped mountains provide protection, and fields and livestock provide food. The people live medieval-style lives, with almost no knowledge of the "ancient" world. Safe in their natural stronghold, the Chiveisi have everything they need, even their own religion. Christianity has been forgotten—until a young army scout comes across a strange book.

With that discovery, this work of speculative fiction takes readers on a journey that encompasses adventure, romance, and the revelation of the one true God. Through compelling narrative and powerful character development, The Sword speaks to God's goodness, his refusal to tolerate sin, man's need to bow before him, and the eternality and power of his Word. Fantasy and adventure readers will be hooked by this first book in a forthcoming trilogy.

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Four hundred years after the destruction of civilization, in a utopian world called Chiveis, a young man discovers an ancient text called The Bible. This discovery changes the inhabitants of Chiveis in ways they never could have anticipated. VERDICT A great premise, attention to detail, and artful storytelling make this first book in a new trilogy a sure thing for readers who enjoy elements of fantasy mixed with questions about the nature of God.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433509254
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Chiveis Trilogy Series
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

BRYAN M. LITFIN (PhD, University of Virginia) is associate professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He is the author of Getting to Know the Church Fathers, as well as several scholarly articles and essays. The Sword is his first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    wow!

    i couldn't put it down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Couldn't put it down!

    My housework and projects suffered enjoyed it as i sought to imagine the depth of the characters emotions

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    The Sword

    One of the BEST books i have ever read! This book is filled with adventure and action and you won't be able to put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    Haunting, Inspiring Adventure

    "Twenty-four-hundredth year after Jesus Christ, a strange situation had emerged. The world of cars and guns and computers had become, once more, a world of horses and swords and scrolls. History had been rewound and was playing itself out all over again.

    In this ancient-future world, one particular people united themselves under a king and called their realm Chivels. The Chieisis also had their own religion: they worshiped four main gods under the guidance of a high priestess."

    Bryan M. Litfin creates a world four hundred years after a virus and nuclear war destroy it. It's a fascinating look at a "what if" scenario - what if life as we've come to know it ends? Bryan's characters gripped my heart and definitely made me think about God's word in a whole new way. I was quickly drawn into this suspenseful narrative filled with action, adventure and a compelling storyline that kept me engaged and caring for the characters and their situation until the end.

    Teo and Ana find a treasure, called the Sacred Writings. Teo has heard of these ancient writings and knows how to translate them into his tongue. These writings become a light that shines into the hearts and minds of the people he reads them to. God starts His work where two or more are gathered in His name. This is powerful stuff. God (who they call Deu) becomes more real to them than any of the four God's they've grown up with. It's amazing and scary to them.

    "Maurice Teo's mentor says, 'Deu is the all-creator. He's not a God to be manipulated by rituals and good deeds and token offerings. He makes the plans; your place is to heed them.Teo, I think you have to let Deu be the God He is, not the God you want Him to be.'"

    Bryan shows the dark side of the high priestess, religion and how people get caught in the powers of darkness. The Sword is the first in a trilogy. Bryan concludes his book with you wanting to learn more about this colorful cast of characters and wondering about their next adventure. The sequel is scheduled to be released April 2011.

    Nora St.Laurent
    ACFW Book Club Coordinator

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Excellent

    Excellent story, I was hooked from the first page!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

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    I cannot wait to see what he writes next. The Chiveus Trilogy will be hard to beat. Loved this series.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Great Adventure!

    The Sword, by Bryan M. Liftin, will keep you reading for hours. A great story of love, evil, bravery, and faith. If you are looking for an adventure in medieval-like times, this is the book to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    The sword

    I really enjoyed reading this book. There was just something about it, and I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters and especially loved the fact that it was a modern day medieval setting. Litfin did an excellent jab, and I can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    A must-read!

    I could NOT put this book down once I picked it up. It was an enrapturing tale that wove in elements of romance, action, & fantasy. I will most definitely be purchasing the second book due out on April 30! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Posted June 24, 2010

    My Review

    While post-apocalyptic themes seem to be all of the rage of late, this new series seems to take a different slant than most that I have seen recently. In this version of the post-apocalyptic future, society has reformed itself into a feudal-type society similar to that of the Middle Ages. All previous religion has been lost and a multiple-god religion with the god of the sky ruling over all has developed. Remnants of the ancient society proceeding the apocalypse can be found in ruins throughout the kingdom and its' surrounding out-lands and, by chance, a church containing a carefully preserved copy of the Christian bible is found.

    I thought that this was a pretty decent book with a few minor flaws. The plot is well thought out and for the most part implemented skillfully. The storyline moves the reader along at a rapid pace and it is a fairly gripping page-turner that I found difficult too put down as I was eager to find out what was going to happen next. The characters are very likable and mostly believable except for the part that the main hero and heroine are mostly too perfect (the best/most beautiful/most admired in the kingdom.) I also found the premise of introducing Christianity into a society that has absolutely no prior knowledge of it to be very compelling and actually liked the way that Litfin had his characters introduce these new ides.

    Where I thought that the book was a bit lacking was in the depiction of the current religion of the realm. Not that other religions can't have evil intents or that the power inherent in leading others in religion can't lead to evil motives, but it just seems that the author went a little over the top with the lengths that the priests and priestesses go to. For example, priests of one of the gods carry acid guns that they remorselessly use to disfigure those that defy them. I also thought that the group that was introduced to Christianity was far to quick to turn to it as the one true religion without truly questioning whether or not these new ideas had any possible negative outcomes.

    All in all, I thought that this was a pretty decent read with some original ideas and I'll most probably follow up with the series when the sequel is released.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    Fascinating story of a society discovering the long lost word of God

    The Sword is a novel by Bryan Litfin that seeks to explore what would happen if the Bible were introduced into a society with no knowledge of God or the Bible. The book follows the main characters as they progress from living in this society to the life changing experience of finding a copy of God's word in an old church.

    The premise of the story is very interesting but I found the setup to be rather simplistic and unbelievable. Once you get past the two introductory chapters the story that follows is very compelling. The characters were interesting and most of the situations they found themselves in were believable. The false religions presented in the book are ridiculous but it see they are very similar in that respect to those presented in the Bible.

    The good characters have their flaws and realize that the only way to accomplish anything is to believe that God is able to deliver them. They don't always do the right thing but find that God will forgive even the worst sinners. They learn that God doesn't always work out situations the way they would like but that they need to have faith that he is working.

    The writing is not exceptional but didn't distract from the story most of the time. I think it's a good job for a first novel from the author. I would recommend this book to any that are intrigued by the premise of introducing the Bible to a society completely without Christianity. I look forward to reading the second volume in the series.

    I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

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    Fantastic read and hard to put down!

    Similar in theme to the first novel, The Paradise War, in a trilogy by Stephen Lawhead titled The Song of Albion trilogy, The Sword by Bryan M. Litfin was incredibly addictive reading. It has been years since I pushed through a 400+ page novel until I finished because I didn't want to stop reading.

    Part fantasy, and part medieval setting, The Sword transported me to another realm where it was the future, yet the story read like an Arthurian tale, only better. It felt more like historical fiction than the Planet of the Apes futuristic, because the setting resembled the dark ages with its swords and horses and general mayhem. In this story our modern culture/people were known as the ancients. I found The Sword to be compelling and emotionally gripping. It had non-stop action and intrigue as well.

    The spiritual richness and analogies in this tale were powerful, too. It reminded me a lot of the first century church where believers had to deny their faith or be tortured and die. And the most amazing thing of all about this debut novel was that it read like it was written by an experienced, multi-published novelist. The plotting was superb, the setting believable, and the romance compelling. There was nothing weak about this novel. It was creative as well as insightful and theologically deep.

    I highly recommend this book. The Sword the kind of story that really makes you think and it's a terrific beginning to a fantastic series. Novels that I can't get out of my head are the types of books I enjoy most (regardless of their genre), so that is one of the reasons it's making my best fiction of 2010 list. I can't wait to get my hands on the second book in the series when it releases next year.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    1st in Chiveis trilogy is epic story

    The Sword by Bryan M. Litfin is the first book in the Chiveis Trilogy. 400 years after the world has fallen apart due to plague and nuclear war, small pockets of humanity are reestablishing civilization, but it's more similar to the Middle Ages than the 20th century. In mountain kingdom of Chiveis, the people work the land and serve three gods under the leading of the major god Astrebril. Teofil is the renowned leader of the Fifth Regiment of the kingdom of Chiveis, well respected for his fighting ability. Anastasia is from Edgeton, a city on the edge of the kingdom, who is well known for her beauty, singing, and skill with a bow. The two are thrown together and the sparks quickly fly, but they are distracted by learning about the god Deu who was worshiped by the Ancients and used the cross as his symbol. Denounced as evil by the High Priestess of Astebril, Deu has long been forgotten until a book of his sacred writings is discovered, and everyone who comes into contact with it finds their lives completely changed. I'm not normally a fan of fantasy, which The Sword has hints of, but the unusual premise had me hooked from the first page of history which convincingly describe the fall of civilization. While many of the characters are stock characters from fantasy series, the story is compelling and very fresh. It's fascinating imagining what it would be like for people who had never heard any stories from the Bible to encounter them the first time. How would they react? Would they see the same things readers do today? I also commend Litfin for refusing to give in to cliches. The small story of Rosetta's horse and foal shatters the illusion that Litfin is writing about some make believe version of God. This story has the potential of becoming an epic within the Christian fiction community. I look forward to reading the next story.

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