My dad has a large science fiction collection. I haven’t even read half of it, but I do enjoy reading one every now and then. This book heads into the science fiction/fantasy realm, and that’s why I picked it.
In the prologue the author tells us how the known world wiped itself out with a virus and nuclear warfare. Four hundred years later small countries are growing and thriving. They have a different language and a medieval type society. The country of Chiveis is ruled by a priestess who is truly evil. She was probably the most disturbing part of the whole book – just reading about her made my skin crawl. The high priestess is terrified of one person. Can you guess who? The God of the cross. The people of Chiveis have no knowledge of the God of the cross, because she has eradicated any mention of Him. She did keep one copy of His book so she would know how to battle Him; however, that’s not the book the hero finds.
I will look for book number 2 in this trilogy. The hero and heroine are slightly on the amazing side, but what good science fantasy character isn’t? Teofil is the best in the land at translation as well as spears, bows, horse riding, etc. Anastasia is beautiful as well as skilled at cooking, singing, hunting, etc. It is called fantasy for a reason. Teofil has a flaw that he overcomes, but Anastasia always seems to do the right thing. The characters of Valent and Sucula were very interesting, but my favorite of the supporting characters is Shaphan the metalsmith. The thing I would change is the way that they translate the Scripture; I see no reason it couldn’t be King James version.
Here is the backcover copy:
This novel of page-turning action and adventure poses the question, “If a society had no knowledge of Christianity, and then a Bible were discovered, what would happen?”
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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