I admit, I love to read. I love to read good books that make me think. I don't always read fiction. I probably should read more. If I'm going to read it, it has to be compelling. I don't read a lot of Christian fiction, because frankly it's rarely good. But when I saw the first book of the Chiveis trilogy by Bryan M. Litfin I thought I would give it a shot. It combined two of my favorite literary genres (both science-fiction and fantasy), a hard task to accomplish especially for a fan like me. It was probably the marketing geniuses at Crossway publishing that told me this might be a book for me.
What I Liked
The thing that impressed me the most about the entire trilogy was that every time there was a "crisis of faith" the author made it both real and believable. Real in the sense that you felt the characters pain and anguish, believable in the sense that most of these crises happened during times of extreme stress. Not so unlike a real world crisis that you or I might face. It was real, it was believable, and it made me want to keep
reading listening (explained later ... in the "confession").
What I Didn't Like
About the only thing I didn't like about the story was I found most of it to be a little predictable. Maybe it's because I'm a fan of the genre, or maybe it's because I read a lot, but the author really only threw me one surprise that I didn't see coming. I may not have had the specific details, but I could kind of tell where the story was going. This didn't take away from the story at all for me, in fact it made me wait with great anticipation. All I will tell you here about the one surprise that caught me completely offguard, was that it's in the second book (I don't want to ruin it for you.)
Okay, okay, you caught me. I only bought the first book. I got all three books on audio thanks to Christian audio. Last August book 1 was the free Book-of-the-Month and I bought the other two. Just this past week I finished listening to all three books ... twice. While I probably could've written this review after the first listening I wanted to give it a second listen.
I enjoyed all three books. If you are a fan of sci-fi and/or fantasy with action, swordplay, and adventure (along with a little romance) this might be the trilogy for you. I would also recommend this trilogy to anyone looking for an example of good Christian fiction. Go get these books!