I was especially drawn to the unique way weapons are re-imagined in this novel, specifically the ax that the main character wields. It holds steel balls in the handle which can be flung at adversaries with deadly power. Although I find it hard to imagine the mechanics of how this would work, this ax captured my imagination!
Some of my negative reactions to the book include:
- It felt like the main characters are too impressive, to the point that they become unbelievable. This is compounded by the way they are romantically challenged. The romance doesn’t take off until the second book in the trilogy, where they finally discuss their relationship explicitly, and let it fester in the background. This contrast was stronger because of the other trilogy I have been reading this summer, The Book of Mortals, by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. This book has obvious parallels to The Sword because it is post-apocalyptic, and the true religion has also been suppressed. However, I feel like Dekker and Tosca have more skill developing their characters than Litfin does.
- Although this review is specifically about the first book in the trilogy, I can’t review it without mentioning that the second book should be X-rated. One of the villains is a necrophiliac, and the nudity could make a weak mind stumble (even if it is designed to show the corruption a culture slides into without God, a la Romans chapter 1).
Overall, I would recommend listening to The Sword. The second book, The Gift, is also worth your time since it has a very clever ending (just remember that it should be rated mature).
The final book in the trilogy, The Kingdom, comes out shortly and both the second and third are on sale for about 5 bucks from Christianaudio.com for the month of July. If you want a great adventure story that reads like an Indianna Jones movie, make sure to pick this one up for your next road trip.
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