The Sword: A Novel

The Sword: A Novel

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by Bryan M. Litfin
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433523014
Publisher:
Crossway
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
Chiveis Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
444,658
File size:
2 MB

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“Theologian and scholar Bryan Litfin has accomplished a rare feat—he has fashioned a land and time unique to any reader’s experience.”
Jerry B. Jenkins, author, The Left Behind series

“Some fiction is mere entertainment and some fiction is like a mirror in which we see ourselves and our world reflected in challenging and instructive ways. The Sword is a mirror of who we are at the core and what we struggle with in our non-fiction lives. Don’t miss this one. It is a compelling read that is well beyond mere entertainment.”
Joseph M. Stowell, President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Ever wonder about a world with an ‘almost-absence’ of God? Theologian turned ‘futurist’ Bryan Litfin provides us a compelling tale of the endurance of God’s amazing love—even to a distant remnant. Get your mind around The Sword. It could be the start of something big.”
Mark Elfstrand, Executive Producer/Host, Morning Ride, Moody Radio, Chicago, Illinois

“Pulling us into the future to reveal the past, Bryan Litfin’s great what-if story discovers instead what is, laying bare the tendencies of the human soul, the strategies of our adversary, and the gentle sovereignty of the eternal God. In The Sword discovering truth is as exciting as discovering love, for, as Litfin skillfully portrays, they are one and the same.”
Amy Rachel Peterson, author, Perpetua: A Bride, A Martyr, A Passion

“The one-of-a-kind concept for this novel mixes an apocalyptic near-future with an almost medieval past. The thrilling action and romance underscores the necessity of prayer and the power of God’s word to awaken a people to have hope in a love that supersedes that which they have before known. It is refreshing to read about characters whose struggles are real and whose virtues are worthy of admiration. I cannot wait until the second book in the series hits the shelves next year.”
Seth Parrish, High School Principal, Yongsan International School of Seoul, Seoul, Korea

The Sword’s thrilling, fast-paced story line draws you in and won’t let you put it down. It’s a swashbuckling adventure that men will love. And the character development encourages your soul, making it well worth the read. I was fascinated to discover Christianity alongside the people of Chiveis and see them experience freedom and love for the first time. It gave me a new perspective of the privilege of choosing to give one’s self to God.”
Stacia Johnston, wife and mother of three

The Sword has something to entice every reader: action, adventure, drama, mystery, discovery and romance. Through a commanding use of descriptive language and character development, Litfin engages his readers to the point that they will feel a part of the journey themselves. Seasoned and novice readers alike will benefit from Litfin’s ability to provide a thrilling adventure while at the same time giving the opportunity to ponder the theological implications and Biblical parallels held within the Kingdom of Chiveis. Boasting of an original plot set in a unique era which beckons its reader into a new world vaguely familiar with fresh twists on life, The Sword will leave you begging for more.”
Narissa Muik, Vancouver, Canada

Meet the Author

Bryan M. Litfin (PhD, University of Virginia) is professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of the Chiveis Trilogy and several other books. Bryan and his wife, Carolyn, have two children.

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Sword 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My housework and projects suffered enjoyed it as i sought to imagine the depth of the characters emotions
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TBCN More than 1 year ago
"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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this for anyone. I planned on just reading the first couple pages, you know, just to see if I would like to read it 'later'. Ha! I couldn't put my nook down! I'll tell you this: it is not scary in the sense of graphic discription that will give you nightmares. It will make you think 'how would I respond?' It is well written and riviting. Try it. You'll like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars. Great story.
joe7don More than 1 year ago
Advertised as free. Charged $11.22. Refunded and returned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a refreshing change of pace from other fiction books I have read. It kept me coming back for more. I enjoyed it so much that I ordered the next book in the series half way through finishing this one. I recommend this book anyone looking for a story that is unlike any you have read before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story, I was hooked from the first page!
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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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AL10 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Bandahur More than 1 year ago
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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StefanYates More than 1 year ago
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.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
What would happen to the human race if we lost all technology and went back to stone castles, handmade clothes, farming by hand? The people in The Sword show us. There has been a series of tragedies...a disease that wiped out most of the population....a nuclear war....climates gone haywire. A few scattered groups of people survive to rebuild their lives. One of these groups names their land Chiveis. Chiveis is a mostly happy land, surround by wilderness that none dare to enter. But Chiveis has lost the God of the ancients and now worship their own gods in their own way. Then on day everything changes. It starts with a guardsman, a well known tournament champion, discovers a book of the ancients far from the borders of Chiveis. He brings this book back to share with his friends, Anastasia (a farmer's daughter), Maurice (his friend and mentor), and Shaphan (his student). This small group of people decide to bring the ancient's God back to Chiveis no matter what the cost. This leads the group into quite a religious struggle with the High Priestess of the current religion who refuses to see a new religion that could potentially take some of her power from her. The group is attacked from without and faces betrayal from withing as they struggle to make sense of this new God and bring his truth to their world. I loved this book, the plot, the character, the setting...everything. The characters are engaging and interesting. Their lives flow through a world that is well made, beautiful, and at times frightening. The struggles they endure and the choices they move the story forward is way that draws the reader even further in. I can't wait to see what the second book brings. 4.5/5 This book was received from the publisher as part of the librarything early review program in exchange for my review. My review expresses my honest opinion of the book.
JosephMarkey More than 1 year ago
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.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
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.