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|Format: DRM Free ePub|
Publication Date: 2011
Series: Chiveis Trilogy
Even though the chapters range from 20 to 30 pages, Liftin divides them into shorter segments by switching between narrators. This keeps readers attentive throughout the long chapters. Liftin also creates French and Latin translations of Scripture throughout the story, particularly stressing Jeremiah 29:11-14. The relationship between Ana and Teo realistically portrays a close friendship, while letting the reader wonder if this bond will develop into something more romantic. Teo and Ana's reunions throughout the book were my favorite scenes.
Teo and Ana travel toward a city of the Ancients, Roma, in search of the missing New Testament and the truth it holds about the mysterious Pierced One. Their journey is hindered by a powerful cult called the Exterminati, forcing the two friends to choose between denying Deu and holding fast to their faith.
Ana's femininity and naivete reveal her dependence on Teo, as well as show how much she relies on Deu's strength to guide her. Teo is heroic and talented, almost to the point at which he seems slightly unreal, but that does not diminish his significance as Ana's rescuer and protector. By interacting with various characters, Teo and Ana learn much about themselves and their importance in the restoration of Christianity.
Whereas The Gift has its own story arc, the ending teases the reader about the sequel. Liftin's descriptions are a healthy balance between general overviews and minute details, giving the reader just enough information mentally to picture the scenes. Some may find the rapid swaps between narrators hard to follow, but I didn't mind. I really enjoyed this book; it contains romance, fantasy, action, and a little mystery, making it a great choice for a broad range of readers. Angela Griffin, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com