Sydney Aaranson Aaranson itibaren Starye Psarki, Moskovskaya oblast', Rusya, 142434
I really enjoyed this book. I received The Sword as an ARC from LibraryThing about a year ago and was excited when I discovered I had won the second book in the series as well. The Gift continues where The Sword left off, Teo and Ana have chosen exile in order to learn more about Deu and spread his word. They go to Italy across the mountains, and begin to learn the Talyano language. Eventually they end up in Roma meeting the Christiani "Papa," a man who survived the purges as a young boy and knows the most about Deu. They go through many trials and hardships, make some new friends and discover some new enemies. Through it all their love and bond from their experiences unites them even when their relationship is strained. They realize just how much they don't know about Deu, but decide that their limited knowledge is enough to trust Him. They only have access to the Old Testament, and have many questions about the promised messiah and the suffering servant. At the end of the book they discover the New Testament, from an unlikely source, and begin to learn the rest of the Biblical story. Great story line with good character development. Both Ana and Teo have spiritual struggles and grow through suffering. At the end of the book the Christiani seem to triumph, but the enemies from Chiveis and Roma unite against Ana and Teo. I can't wait for the next book to come out. I want to know what happens next to Ana, Teo, and their friends.