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The Sword

(Chiveis Trilogy #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,348 Ratings  ·  201 Reviews
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 e ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published April 30th 2010 by Crossway Books
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Dave Jones I think that this story could be told in a PG-13 movie. It's not necessary to focus on the sex and violence. The post-apocalyptic setting could mean…moreI think that this story could be told in a PG-13 movie. It's not necessary to focus on the sex and violence. The post-apocalyptic setting could mean that the profanity we are currently exposed to would be forgotten.

The major challenge for the moviemaker would be the special effects. If it does become a movie, I hope they do it right.(less)

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Jul 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: not Christians
Full review here:

aaaah. I forgot to review this one. Maybe that would be preferred to what I'm going to say, but no matter. Here we go...

Putting it simply, why is this considered Christian?

Christian authors need to understand something: putting God in a book as a thrown in element DOES NOT equate to being Christian. Because if you deny that very same God by the sexual innuendos and witchcraft displayed over and over again in your book, your "religion" mea
Mike (the Paladin)
This book gave me fits when it came to a rating. There were many times I thought I couldn't give this a more than 3 star rating. But that would be misleading as over all it's a better book than that.

First let me say that this is openly and even blatantly a Christian story and unlike some Christian fiction which can be read simply as a story this one points right at it's underlying message. The story revolves around a post apocalyptic world and a "civilization" or "kingdom" within that world. The
Josh Morgan
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (

I'm generally not a fan of Christian fiction. It's usually cheesy and/or heavy-handed with bad or lame theology. For some reason, when I got the chance to review The Sword, the first of the Chiveis trilogy, written by Moody Bible Institute professor Bryan Litfin, I was intrigued, albeit skeptical.

The basic premise is that the human race has largely killed itself, leaving small clusters of people without knowledge of te
~2.5 stars~

Jonathan B
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I bought this book looking for something to read to my nephew. I ended up not reading it to him since it deals with some sexual material that can't really be glossed over, due to its relation to the plot.

Nevertheless, I ended up reading the book myself. The idea of the book is very creative and I enjoyed the virtues expressed in the characters. However there are some negatives. For one, while I've never read "chic lit" I would imagine that the love story in this book is exactly how "chic lit" r
Apr 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
I guess I should preface this by saying that I'm an Atheist. I made it to page 119 of 412 before I had to give this book up. I'm a huge fan of post-apocalyptic fiction and this is the only book of the genre that I couldn't get through so far in my life. It wasn't the plot, or the writing (which is a little weak in my opinion) that made me give it up. It was the fact that the whole thing is essentially pro-Christian propaganda cloaked as post-apocalyptic fiction.

The bad guy is a high priestess of
Lindsay Franklin
I wanted to love this book. The premise is very interesting--humanity is nearly wiped out by a plague and civilization "reboots," bringing mankind back to a medieval-esque state. A sinister religious system is in place and there are no ties remaining to the Judeo-Christian faith that is a cornerstone of western civilization. Until our two heroes discover part of an old Bible...

I have no problem with overtly Christian fiction. I write it sometimes. So my issue with The Sword isn't about the world
Alexis Neal
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
The unthinkable has finally happened. The world as we know it has been destroyed by the one-two punch of a worldwide pandemic and nuclear war. Much of the earth is uninhabitable, and the population has been decimated. Yet hundreds of years after this 'apocalypse', there are still pockets of survivors attempting to rebuild their lives out of the rubble, albeit without the benefit of modern technology. One such community is a pseudo-medieval kingdom known as Chiveis. Nestled in the safety of an al ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
This Christian fantasy/speculative fiction novel has an interesting basic premise: After a nuclear world war and many centuries of unrest, mankind rediscovers the Bible and turns back to God. In this book, Teofil and Anastasia bring the Bible to a kingdom called Chiveis, where the sky god Astrebril is worshiped.

Interesting idea, but as I said in the title, poorly executed. I noticed that the "bad guy" scenes, which frequently involve violence or sexuality, are the better written (that is, more b
Oh my goodness! What an amazing story! This is honestly one of the best Christian fiction that I've read in a long time, there's so much to take from the story and its characters.

AND THAT PLOT THOUGH. Coolest idea ever! As soon as they rediscovered the Bible, I was like: O.O


Now some people have said that this book very unchristian because it has sinful themes such as sexual immortality and such. ...I cannot help but scratch my head at that. This book is in no way en
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
It’s 400 years in the future. A nuclear holocaust has happened, and the remnants of the survivors have started a new civilization called Chiveis, a medieval-like kingdom that has long-since lost any connection to Christianity. The official religion is a corrupt combination of power, politics, and fear mongering. But things are about to change. This is the setting for Bryan M. Litfin’s first novel in the Chiveis Trilogy, The Sword.

Teofil, a noble army guardsman, and Anastasia, a beautiful peasant
Gabriela Paige
I have mixed feelings about The Sword. It was a very intriguing and thought provoking book. It was good in one sense and…not necessarily “bad” but…I don’t know how to explain it.

It is around four centuries later from our time. Most of the people were killed by a virus and our world was destroyed by a nuclear war. Now the people have gone to living like those in the Middle Ages. One such kingdom, the Chiveis kingdom, thrives in peace. Protected from outsiders by mountains, the people worship thei
Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
I found this gem awhile back. It was in a three pack (all three books of the trilogy) and after reading the back, I couldn't pass up such a good deal! My only regret? Not reading it sooner! Although, it's probably good, as I'm not sure I would have gotten all the powerful messages and ideas had I read it a few years back. Now I will warn you, this book is not for anyone against the Holy Bible or Christian ideas. It has strong Christian themes and messages, but they are woven in beautifully with ...more
This is one of the best christian fantasy books I have ever read!!! I love it I can't wait for the next two books!
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Megan Lewis
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall, this book has an intriguing premise and the follow-through does not disappoint. Though I don’t think or believe this scenario would ever come to pass, it is fun to speculate about a world that lost all reference to Christianity only to discover it again 400 years later.

As an aside, for the first half-ish of the book, I felt that the pacing was just off. But, things levelled out and got better as the book progressed.

I’d actually give this book 3.5⭐, but I’ll round up (bonus 1/2 ⭐).
Not my kind of book. Not sure how it was labeled as Christian unless it's because it fell into the Christian doctrine of Satan vs God. Outside of that for "Christian Fiction" it had a lot more violence than I was expecting.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
The premise: what if, 400 years after a global catastrophe wipes out civilization as we know it, some people find a Bible?

Unfortunately, the novel fails to address or even acknowledge many of the most pressing questions this set up raises. Granted, some of these issues may be held in reserve, to be explored in the subsequent two installments of the trilogy, but for the most part there's no hint that these things are even on the author's mind.

To wit: Why would the protagonists, upon discovering
Aug 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, fantasy
"The Sword" was an entertaining Christian fantasy set in our future after modern civilization has fallen. The target audience appeared to be Christian adults (both women and men), but some teens might like it.

The characters were varied, complex, and interesting, and I was curious about what would happen to them. The story was fast-paced and exciting, with the action rarely slowing. The suspense was created by the physical danger to the characters and the attraction between the two main character
Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, awol
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 ...more
Christy Lockstein
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 fighti ...more
Jayde Deleeuw
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"The Sword" by Bryan M. Litfin surprised me. I wasn't planning to read it, but stumbled upon it under the 'fantasy' section while looking for another book. After glancing at the back, I was intrigued by the idea of a futuristic medieval concept and decided to grab it and give it a try. Not being able to get into the other book I bought that day, I decided to pick this up and was drawn in right away.

The writing style is great and easy to understand, you really feel like you are in their world. I
Margaret Metz
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the characters in this book most of all. I thought the way they interacted and reacted to things was very realistic. I kept flipping pages because I wanted to find out what they were going to do next.

I thought it was an interesting concept done in a new way. I wasn't as impressed with the false religions. The names were very close to what we would have called them - and that may have been on purpose. What was more disappointing was that they were so overtly evil and disgusting that I don
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book has a SyFy Channel-esque premise as well as characters and places with named even more strangely than anywhere/anyone in Star Wars, but the author makes it work really well. It also shows how God can change lives, especially in a place and time where belief in the One who created all is non-existent. This actually was a free Kindle read, but I actually enjoyed it, and I'll be looking out for the sequel.
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, christian
I really enjoyed this book and found it thought provoking from a religious standpoint. I have done several Bible studies and it was fascinating to see how the story mirrored the Bible. I'm not sure if this book would be as interesting to someone who does not have some basic understanding about the Bible. I know my views on this book are slanted by my Christian background. I'm anxious to read the next installment.
Kathryn Bashaar
Jul 17, 2010 rated it liked it
This was not a great work of literature or anything, but it was a nice summer escape: basically a fantasy/adventure with a little romance and a post-apocolyptic Christian theme. Yeah, I know it sounds weird, and at times it strains credulity even for fantasy, but it was a real page-turner and an easy summer read. It's a long book and I finished it in two days.
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband and I both loved this book! It's the best modern Christian fantasy we've read so far. It truly did stir my affections for the Bible and for Christ. However, the main characters (especially Ana) were way too perfect. Also, I wouldn't recommend this book for younger audiences as there was some sensual content (though it was never such that the readers were rooting for it.)
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I found the book entertaining, but was left with an overall sense of disappointment. The author's idea for the story was very intriguing, but his execution left something to be desired. Still, this was his first attempt at Christian speculative fiction and the first step towards honing his craft. Maybe this will be motivation enough to invest in the next book in the trilogy.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
For those of you who like to read Christian and fantasy books, then you will want to check out this book. The beginning of the book and some of the writing was a little overdone, but the characters quickly draw you in. If you liked The Left Behind Series, then you may like this as well.
Chris Hawks
Nov 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
Halfway through: This is a terrible book and a waste of an otherwise intriguing premise. I've spent the last three weeks alternating between forcing myself to read it and avoiding it altogether. It could be another month before I finish, so hopefully it improves
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Bryan earned a degree in print journalism from the University of Tennessee. He then went on to study for a master’s degree in historical theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. From there he went to the University of Virginia, taking a PhD in the field of ancient church history. In 2002, Bryan took a position on the faculty at Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago, where he is a professor in ...more

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Chiveis Trilogy (3 books)
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