"The Sword" by Bryan Litfin is a futuristic novel about a professor/guardsman, Teo, and a peasant girl, Anastasia. The world as we know it has come to an end and a new society has begun. With the end of technology and science, the world has back tracked a little loosing the history and religion as well. In this novel, there is a group of gods that "rule" led by a High Priestess with an agenda. Teo develops a fondness for Anastasia, an independent, strong woman who lives on the outskirts of known society. When Anastasia is kidnapped Teo comes to her rescue. Teo then starts to question the religion of his world and develops an interest in the religion of the ancients. The people want to pray to someone and no longer trust the gods of their time.
Normally I don't read futuristic or fantasy, but I kept coming back to this one. I kept thinking "where is this going?" Litfin does a good job of making things clear. There isn't any confusion as to what's going on as there can be in fantasy novels. I especially like how though Anastasia is the damsel in distress she never becomes wimpy. In fact she saves Teo's life more than once. I like this book and would especially recommend it to all fantasy fans, and even a few Christian fiction fans looking for something different than the usual romance. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Beyond the Page.