Christian dystopian epic fantasy: The Chiveis Trilogy by Brian M. Litfin
Oh, yes! This was my best Christmas present this year! Christian fantasy of the redemptive kind. Well written, a world well-crafted, evil people galore, true believers, and God wins—what a book(s)!
This is what we look for with Christian fiction
Does it rank with the best? That entirely depends upon your walk with the Lord. For many of you, I imagine it does. So, why did I give only 4.5 stars?
Spiritually, it is a little better than 4-star
It is solidly redemptive, but it never makes it to powerful spirit-filled Christianity. It is much more focused on the Book as opposed to the Savior and the Holy Spirit. Yet, I can find no fault in how Brian did it. I am merely trying to be objective here.
As for the plot: all disasters and very little building
I realize that this makes for exciting reading, and is the standard for modern entertainment fiction. But it almost got tedious in places, as there were too many catastrophes—one after the next. But then I suspect, I’m just projecting what I would have done.
Almost everyone, except weirdos like me, will absolutely love this book—5-star all the way. I can certainly understand that point of view. The Warrior-Kind series does that for me. This did not reach that level of story-telling, though the writing craftsmanship exceeded it. For many, Chiveis wins out, I am sure.
But this should be required reading for any writer of Christian Epic Fantasy.