This is a hard review for me to write, because there were so many things that I loved about this book yet there were other elements that bothered me greatly. But hopefully my review is helpful :)
Trevin is a Comain (Captain) in the service of King Laetham of Camrithia. Trevin also happens to be in love with the King's daughter, Melaia. To prove himself he takes on two difficult quests, one to find the lost Comains of Camrithia, and the other to find the two remaining harps of a mystical threesome. Will Trevin be able to succeed against the many odds?
While I haven't read the first book and was unfamiliar with what was going on, I found myself rapidly caught up in the story.
Ms. Henley did an outstanding job of creating engaging characters and the lush world in which they dwelled. I thought the plot was engaging and fast moving, making the book difficult to put down.
Now comes the tough part. While I thought that this book was well written and engaging, there were elements that I had trouble with, and dangerous ground was tread upon with the use of angels. This is my personal opinion, but I feel that it is dangerous to portray angels as walking the earth and intermarrying with humans. Also I had an especially hard time with the book's constant messages or reminders, if you will, to "Trust yourself" or to look inward to find your true identity. Those things made me take a step back.
So overall while this book was well written, with great characters--I really thought that Trevin was an excellent main character because he was noble, yet was flawed and knew it--and a well paced plot, there were things that I struggled with. I guess that for me, I would not classify this book as Christian. So as you can see I have rather mixed feelings about this book. But what really struck me about this book was how I could never see what was up ahead, definitely unpredictable! So in closing I would say that this book should be read with a healthy dose of discretion.
I received this book from the publisher through CSFF in return for an honest review. Thank you!
Karyn Henley in her new book "Eye of the Sword" Book Two in the Angelaeon Circle series published by Waterbrook Press brings us the adventures of Trevin.
From the back cover: Where angels walk the ground and the future is told in song, does a man of low rank have a chance at love with a princess?
In Camrithia, a land of shadows and mystical secrets, Trevin lives to serve King Laetham. But his heart belongs to the princess, Melaia. When the King sends Trevin on on a dangerous quest to find the missing comainsâ€”captains in the king's armyâ€”he must leave Melaia to the advances of a swaggering Dregmoorian prince.
Challenged to prove his worth, Trevin throws himself into his quest. Striving to prove his love, Trevin undertakes a second missionâ€”find the harps Melaia seeks in order to restore the stairway to heaven. Through fire caves, rogue winds, and murderous threats, Trevin remains steadfastly dedicated to his questâ€”even when he is falsely accused of a heinous crime. As Trevin's time runs out, he realizes he must face the shame and horror of his own past and the nightmare that has come to life. Will he have the courage to finish what he has started?
I liked Tolkien's, "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and I liked C. S. Lewis' Narnia novels as well. Therefore it should go without saying that I liked "Eye of the Sword" as well. It used to be that I did not like allegory but when an author knows how to write as well as Ms. Henley it is not so difficult to follow. There is the Quest, no fantasy series should be exempt from the quest and this is done wonderfully. Then there is also the search for redemption as Trevin has had a tainted past that is now haunting him. "Eye of the Sword" is a fantasy adventure where the battle for good and evil has never been so important. This is a page turning thriller as Trevin battles to complete his missions and return home. I liked "Eye of the Sword" and am impatiently waiting for the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Book two of the Angelaeon Circle series follows Trevin. Now a supporter and servant of King Laetham, Trevin is on a quest to find the king's missing comains. He is also searching for the harps Melaia needs to help her rebuild the stairway to heaven. Villains lurk at every turn with traps and plots. Trevin is running out of time to complete his mission, and prove himself in the process.
I enjoyed the first book of the series, Breath of Angel, but this one is better. While Melaia's story was interesting and made for an excellent start to the series, Trevin's past makes him a much deeper character. Character-driven stories, in my opinion, are always the best. They keep the reader interested. They make us care. Mission accomplished here. Trevin is a character you truly pull for. New characters are also introduced. Ollena is a personal favorite. We also learn a lot more about the Angelaeon: who's who, what they can do.
If the rest of the series continues on this level, it will be a great series. I can't wait for the third one.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from WaterBrook Multnomah.
5 Kingdoms sit on the threshold of an upcoming prophecy. There are those that are working hard to make sure that it comes true and those that will stop at nothing to prevent its fulfillment. Legend has it that every 200 years, the stars will come into a perfect alignment and as long as the three legendary harps are collected, the stairway to heaven will be restored. Once that happens the souls of those that have died on Earth that are supposed to be in heaven will be taken by the angels to their final resting place.
But since the First Born and Second Born interferred many years ago, that stairway has been sealed with no hope of reopening it except by the one the prophecy calls for that can complete this process, one born with the breath of angel and blood of man. Now Melaia has been searching to unite the harps if she can find them with the help of Trevin, a man who vows to serve her until the very last breath he has.
Only Melaia's father, King Laetham has promised her hand in marriage to Prince Varic of the Dregmoors in hopes of securing an alliance between the two kingdoms, but Melaia has given her heart to another along time ago. King Laetham will only allow a man of royal blood to marry his daughter Princess Melaia and with time running out, he sees no alternative but to allow the marriage between Varic and Melaia to take place. Will Trevin be able to locate the missing two harps before the marriage vows are complete or will he fall victim to the evil plots of the First Born who is set on making sure the stairway remains sealed forever?
I received Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley compliments of WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest review. Karyn captured my heart in this incredible new series combining medieval fantasy along with some mythical creatures and an entire race of angels with her first book, Breath of Angel. When I saw that this book was finally available, I had to review this one. I was not disappointed. The quest for the harps continues in Eye of the Sword and we get a more in depth look at the character of Trevin and his family history as it's uncovered chapter by chapter. We also uncover a bit more of the legend of the Wisdom Tree and the restoration of the stairway to heaven that is nearly all possible signs towards the timing this possible prophecy to be fulfilled. As a reader, I am completely sold on the world that Karyn has so elaborately created and know I'll be waiting on pins and needles until the final book is complete and ready to read.
I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and those looking for an amazing Christian action-adventure story dealing with angels and the fight between evil and good, then this is a must read for you. I would recommend the first book in the Angelaeon Circle series first, Breath of Angel to get an understanding of Melaia's character and why the need for the quest.
Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley was a great sequel to Breath of Angel; I really enjoyed it. This story is from the point of view of Trevin as he becomes a Comain and searches for the missing comains.
I think some of the writing is weak, and a bit of the dialouge. The suspence, however, was masterfully done. His journey, both physical and in his character, was believable and realisic. I think in general the story is well done and I would recommend this book for others to read; although I do recommend reading the first one before you read this one.
I got this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing in return for my own opinion in this review.