The Sword: A Novel (Chiveis Trilogy)

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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By Mike (the Paladin) (Hermitage, TN) · ★★★★☆ · May 18, 2013
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 Christia... ...more
By Fred · ★☆☆☆☆ · May 20, 2012
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 i... ...more
By Josh (The United States) · ★★★★★ · July 05, 2012
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 M... ...more
By Jonathan (Osprey, FL) · ★★★☆☆ · October 10, 2013
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... ...more
By Matthew (Louisville, KY) · ★★★★☆ · January 27, 2011
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... ...more
By Rachel (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 23, 2013
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 Astrebr... ...more
By Lindsay · ★★☆☆☆ · August 17, 2013
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 corners... ...more
By Alexis · ★★★☆☆ · August 17, 2012
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 survi... ...more
By Clockstein (Gillett, WI) · ★★★★★ · April 19, 2010
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 Chivei... ...more
By Jayde (Kareela, 02, Australia) · ★★★★★ · January 18, 2013
"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... ...more