Fantasy with a Message,
This review is from: The Sword: A Novel (Chiveis Trilogy) (Paperback)
We all read for various reasons. Some read to relax. Some read to be stimulated. Some read to learn. Some read to be entertained. If you are like me you read depending upon your mood and what you hope to gain at the moment. I will try to gather some information on a topic(s) if I know that I will be preaching on something soon. I used to read a lot of fiction but because of schedules it has taken a backseat. I still like to read western fiction by Al Lacy; courtroom dramas by Robert Whitlow and Randy Singer; and suspense novels by Colleen Coble, Terri Blackstock, Brandilyn Collins, and some others. I call it my "escapist reading." I used to read a lot of fantasy beginning with The Chronicles of Narnia to the books by John White (The Archives of Anthropos) and Steve Lawhead. But again, I have sort of pushed that aside.
Until now. I was in the local Christian bookstore several months ago and saw The Sword by Bryan Litfin and it caught my eye. I put it in my Cart at Amazon but just never pulled the plug until finally I said, "Go for it. Give yourself some escapist reading." Man, am I glad I did! It reminded me why I loved this genre of writing and how much I missed it. The Sword is part of what will be called the Chiveis Trilogy. Chiveis is a territory where all spiritual truth is gone following a catastrophic war that wipes out modern civilization as we know it. It takes place far into the future with events that began in 2042 with what was called the X-Virus. I wrote Bryan about my enjoyment of the book and he informed that the landscape where the story takes place is Switzerland and also the Black Forest. Everywhere he describes is a real place, including a cathedral the two main characters found. The central area of Chiveis is the Interlaken region of the Swiss Alps.
Now, what I liked about the book is what some may not like. Bryan did not paint an overt Christian message into it. He weaved the story like a master craftsman as the two main characters (Teo and Ana) are affected differently after they find the book of Deu. He shows the uphill battle they face to present the truth of Deu to the people of Chiveis, who are influenced by the evil High Priestess. I found myself fighting the urge to keep reading when I knew my bed was calling. To protect myself I did leave my book at home so I would not be tempted to read it in the office. :P
I don't know if fantasy strikes your fancy, or even fiction in general. However, if you want to do some escapist reading that has you turning pages and wondering what is next, I suggest you beg, borrow, but don't steal a copy. :) Part 2 comes out in April of 2011. I look forward to it. I don't want to spoil the fun of reading and discovery so if you want to know more, you can check it out at [...]. You will find videos and interviews with the author as he talks about his book. I enjoyed listening to them.