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Is Fiction Christian? The English Language, Too? Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. Sponsors Advertise Here. Books For other publications, see the menu at the top of the page. Latest Popular Comments. All Rights Reserved. I also liked being able to recognise some of the "ancient" places they went, and to think of how they would look hundreds of years after.
The only thing that still bugs me is that they seemed to have a lot of blind faith in the old religion, when they hadn't even learned much about it yet. In that sense the characters still seem a little naive to me. It didn't ruin the story for me though. It was still a good read. LibraryThing member cee2. I received the first book The Sword in the trilogy last year and was left wanting to know where Ana and Teo would be led next.
Volume 2 in the Chiveis Trilogy by Bryan Litfin, The Gift
This next installment was everything I could ask for. Though they experience appalling evil, they also grow in their faith of Deu. They join up with some of the remnant of the Christiani and in a beautiful scene near the end of the book, they find the New Testament from the most unexpected source.
Faithfulness to the path of Deu and forgiveness both giving and receiving are important to the development of their relationship with each other, with their new friends, and with Deu. And that faithfulness will lead to their next mission in the next book. I enjoy these characters. They aren't presented as paragons. They have so many questions about Deu , they struggle as they try to believe and they suffer for their faith. And they learn to trust. Yet again, I am left wanting to know what will happen next.
LibraryThing member SwordofaReader. I loved the depth of the characters and the strong difference of good versus evil. But the book has many plot problems. In one place you have one of the protagonists lying in bed, practically dead and barely conscious and the other protagonist is senseless from fatigue. In this situation, everyone is in the same room and somehow miraculously the almost dead protagonist gets up - without anyone noticing!
And how, I might add, does Latin - a dead language dropping from modern culture rapidly - survive a terrible, worldwide catastrophe when, as I said, it is practically dead in and the war doesn't happen until AND the story takes place years later???? Even after all those incongruities, I still found the book powerfully gripping to the point of reality. I found myself reading cover to cover in the joyously painful intensity of the story. I loved the characters, places, and theme of the novel, but found it lacking in plot formation. You can't just throw in a random element to the plot and hope it works out, you have to show the how, when, where, and the what of any event in a book.
It isn't like watching a film or TV show.
It's writing. One other thing I didn't like was the sensuality of the novel.
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In a Christian fiction story, I thought the goal was to break away from the sensuality of the world and show the beauty of writing without all the innuendo and "romance" that the world gives us constantly. So my overall thoughts?
All in all, a good book. But I feel like I wouldn't read it again. LibraryThing member Rosenectur. I received the book as an advanced reader copy from LibraryThing's Early Review program. In fact one the main problems I had with the book is that it tries too hard to remind you about the events of the previous book. There are at least 5 place in the book where he reiterates the events in "The Sword" where Ana and Teo find the Old Testament. Don't get me wrong he needed to link the two books, and give new readers some back story.
It was just over the top, and once you are in the third act of the book you really don't need to hear AGAIN about how they found the book, you already know so get on with the action. That and the strange jump in perspective towards the beginning. An attack that the reader has been expecting suddenly jumps to the perspective of the attacker "Hrath the Almighty", and Teo is pretty much left out of it even though his quick thinking leads the attackers into an ambush that would have otherwise been a massacre. And then it jumps again to Nikko Borja, the main villain of the piece without a wrap-up of the attack from the main characters.
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In fact when you go back to the main characters its a long time until the attack comes up in conversation. These examples just show that Bryan Litfin is new to writing fantasy fiction.
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I think the character are otherwise well-rounded, and developed nicely. The premise to the story is creative and the biggest draw to the novel for me. The post apocalyptic Christian fantasy, where the Bible has been lost to the ruins of time is really intriguing. LibraryThing member EnglishGeek I received this as an Early Reviewer and wasn't able to review it as soon as I was finished as I couldn't find it to add to my library may have been an error on my part , so it isn't as fresh.
Even though I had not read the first book in this trilogy, I found it pleasantly surprising to find that I could easily follow and get into the story without prior knowledge of the characters or story. Litfin did an excellent job of weaving flashbacks into the storyline.
I'm not sure how someone would feel about this who had read the first one, but it helped me. The premise of a post-nuclear world that has lost the Word of God was believable and made for an intriguing setting, especially when the characters come across remnants of the old society.
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The characters themselves have, to some degree, depth, but I found them rather stereotypical and predicable. Overall I found the story to be enjoyable and involving but lacking in depth, which I usually like to see in Christian fiction. There is a predictable "fall," followed by predictable redemption, while other characters go the way you'd expect. I saw no new revelation of the character of God or connection with any character to challenge me or make me think.
I would like to read the first book, though, and will read the third when it comes out so I can see what happens as there is a great adventure. When I saw that I would be receiving Bryan Litfin's novel The Gift to review, I discovered that it was the second in a planned trilogy. Sometimes you run across a book in a series and it doesn't matter if you haven't read the previous books, but in this case I fill it's pretty essential for a real understanding of where the story has been and where it's taking us.
So I immediately purchased The Sword and read it rather quickly.
I absolutely loved The Sword. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, mankind is living in a feudal stage with no technology. The story, after you get past the introduction of how the world came to be like this, reads much like a fantasy, although we can never forget it is science fiction because of the ruins of the ancients. The Sword tells us how Teo and Ana find the Old Testament, their discovery within it's pages of the one true God, and why they are on the run from the leading religious authorities in their kingdom of Chiveis.
In The Gift, Teo and Ana are on the run and discover a whole other world that's out there. Ana gets caught up in the new society and goes through a fall from grace in a series of events and the choices she makes.
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