Not the Greatest Gift

The Gift is book two of The Chiveis Trilogy, a futuristic story set in a Europe so changed by war, disease, and time that the few clues about the past contained in the story left me adrift most of the time. I found it more helpful not to map their world to our present age.

The one thing completely unchanged is human nature. The lust to control, dominate, and rule continues to plague humanity. In this vision of the future, demons and idol worship are the norm. The Bible had been lost for centuries. In book one of the trilogy, Teo and Ana, the main characters, found the Old Testament. Book two is an account of their search for the New Testament.

The plot in The Gift contains plenty of twists and surprises to hold my interest. The ending was unexpected and satisfying. However, I felt the book had two (non-fatal) flaws. The pacing of the plot seemed mechanical. Most scene shifts appeared to be slightly out-of-sync with the flow of the story.

My other issue with the book was the depiction of the characters. They felt bland and colorless. Instead of making things happen, most of the time things happened to them. I like resourceful heroes. Neither Teos nor Ana acted especially resourceful. While the book had its strong points, I didn’t like it well enough to buy the other two volumes in the series.