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Overview

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 comains—captains in the king’s army—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 mission—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 quest—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?
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Praise for The Angelaeon Circle

“Karyn Henley spins a lyrical young-adult tale of mythical and legendary beings, of reimagined angels and terrifying malevolents, in a small kingdom where the world’s fate rests on a young priestess’s shoulders.”
—Kathy Tyers, author of Shivering World and the Firebird series

“Karyn Henley’s novel starts with a jolt, grabs the reader by the collar, and doesn’t slow down one minute. This author infuses her text with imagery, suspense, and a cast that will appeal to all ages. In addition, it has a feeling that I can only describe as “folklorish,” with all the best elements that come with that—music, magic, and mystery. I think it’s destined to become a classic.”
—Kathi Appelt, author of The Underneath, National Book Award finalist, Newbery Honor Book, PEN USA Award

“This lusciously written fantasy has it all: epic battles, earthbound angels, immortal humans, and a bright, engaging heroine. Henley’s young priestessturned-warrior is forced to put her past together like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces so sharp they cut. Her story is nearly impossible to forget, so readers will be eager for more!”
—Louise Hawes, author of Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand, AAUW Juvenile Literature Award nominee; Gold Award, Hall of Fame, teensreadtoo.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307730145
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Series: Angelaeon Circle Series , #2
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Karyn Henley
Karyn Henley is a best-selling children’s book author and an Emmy-Award winning musician. She is the author of the original Beginner’s Bible, which sold over five million copies and was translated into 17 languages, and Breath of Angel, the first novel in the Angelaeon Circle. An accomplished songwriter, Karyn has been a Dove Award nominee and received a regional Emmy Award as music composer for a Christmas television special. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
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As Trevin stepped into the seedy tavern at Drywell, his hand instinctively slid toward his dagger. Not that he was daft enough to challenge the three well-muscled strangers who had cornered his younger brother. Nor did Dwin look as if he wanted to be rescued. He laughed like a madman, his dark curls matted to his forehead, his hands around a mug. One of the three men pushed another mug his way.

A stringy-haired tavern maid sidled up to Trevin. He shook his head and watched her swish away. Maybe he was the mad one, tracking Dwin to Drywell when he should be at Redcliff preparing for the banquet being given in his honor that night. He fought the urge to throttle his little brother. Melaia’s name blurted from Dwin’s mouth. His shoulders bounced as he chuckled.

“Dwin!” barked Trevin, striding to the table. His brother spewed barley beer, guffawing as if “Dwin” were the funniest name he had ever heard. The three strangers eyed Trevin with expressions ranging from amusement to disdain. They appeared to be his age, maybe a few years older. One had a crooked nose. Another was wiry, and a scar ran across his temple. The third wore a close-cut beard, dark as charred wood. A crimson band spanned his forehead and disappeared beneath wavy locks.

At first Trevin thought they might be malevolent angels, but he sensed no aura, pure or impure. By their appearance they were Dregmoorian. Raiders and refugees entered Camrithia from the Dregmoors these days, but the men sitting with Dwin fit neither description. They were too richly dressed. Merchants? Or spies passing themselves off as merchants?

Dwin saluted Trevin with his mug. “My eshteemed brother,” he slurred. Trevin deliberately moved his hand away from his dagger. “Let’s go, Dwin.”

“I was just getting shhtarted.” Dwin grinned.

“It’s time you finished,” said Trevin.

“I believe the young man wishes to stay,” said the Dregmoorian with wavy hair. His eyes were as black as stag beetles. “Join us.” He signaled to the tavern maid. “More beer!”

Trevin was tempted. The midsummer day was warm, he was sweaty, and the stone-walled tavern was cool. But he didn’t want to drink with Dregmoorians. Besides, he hoped to get to the great hall early and perhaps spend some time with Melaia before the banquet started. He relished the thought of seeing her dressed in her royal best. Even in her priestess’s garb, she was beautiful, but seeing her in a gown stole his breath and rushed his pulse.

Trevin started for the door. “Let’s go, Dwin.”

Dwin stood, wobbling, and the three Dregmoorians smugly rose to let him out. If they were spies, Trevin could only guess what information they had floated out of Dwin, who would say anything to keep the drinks coming and the air jovial.

Dwin swayed toward Trevin. “I musht show you the gash pits. Gash spits. Pit spits.” He doubled over in laughter. “Gashpitspits.”

“Show me, then.” Trevin offered a hand to his brother, who shook it off and weaved toward the door. Benches scraped back up to the table behind him as the Dregmoorians returned to their drinks.

“Gash pits. Spits,” murmured Dwin, stepping outside. He squinted in the bright afternoon light, then pointed to a path leading through the woods. “That way.”

“Show me the pits another time,” said Trevin. “Where’s your mount?” He eyed the tethered horses that stood beside his borrowed roan. The three finely groomed and blanketed mounts no doubt belonged to the Dregmoorians.

“Follow me.” Dwin wove down the path.

“Your mount?”

“At the gash pits. They stink. You’ll see.” He giggled. “No, you’ll smell.” He pinched his nose and weaved ahead.

Trevin followed him to a clearing, barren except for Dwin’s gray donkey, Persephone, and the dry well from which the village took its name. He frowned at the well. Steam writhed out of it, along with a burbling sound.

“Obviously no longer dry,” he muttered.

“You think the town’ll change its name?” asked Dwin. “Mistwell. Fogwell. Hellwell.” He chortled.

Trevin peered over the crumbling rim of rock into the well. At the bottom of the shaft, a dun-colored muck belched bubbles of hot vapor, its stench not unlike eggs gone to rot. “You’re right,” he murmured. “It’s gash.” The stuff was touted as a drink to restore youth, but it was dangerous. He had seen gashdrunks, youthful but foggy eyed and dull minded, dying from their addiction to it.

“Over here.” Dwin crouched beyond the well. Muck oozed from a rift in the ground, and steam curled into the air.

“Looks like the Under-Realm is vomiting its own bile,” said Trevin. Already a greenish hue, Dwin turned away and lost his stomachful of beer. Trevin shook his head in disgust and knelt to examine the rift, which was as wide as his thumb. Its length he couldn’t judge, for it snaked into the woods east of the clearing.

“It’s a landgash, Dwin. Lord Beker sent a dispatch about them, but I thought landgashes were closer to the Dregmoors. The blight must be growing worse.” Killing crops and parching rivers, the blight that had started in the
Dregmoors was slowly creeping across Camrithia. Stinking rifts would not help matters.

Hoofbeats sounded behind them. Trevin rose. Dwin turned, lost his balance, and sat hard on his rump.

The three Dregmoorians reined their mounts to a halt four paces away, followed by a tan wolf dog with one black leg and gray eyes. At the edge of the clearing, Dwin’s donkey backed into the shadows, pulling her tethering rope taut, her ears laid back.

The man with wavy hair and the crimson band across his forehead, clearly their leader, nodded at Dwin. “You said you’re a friend of the court and can get us into Redcliff. Or was that a child’s boast?”

“It doesn’t always pay to listen to my brother,” said Trevin.

“It could pay today.” The man rattled a coin purse at his belt. “We’re looking for a forerunner. Someone to ease the way.”

“You’re best advised to go back to where you came from,” said Trevin.

The man with the crooked nose flexed his hand around the handle of his sheathed dagger. “I fancy your tongue as a souvenir, comely boy.” He turned to their leader. “What do you think, Varic? We could add that to our gifts for Redcliff.”

“Not today, Hesel.” Varic laughed. “I wish to impress the princess, and I hear Camrithian ladies turn their heads at the sight of blood.”

Trevin clenched his jaw. Why did this jackal wish to impress Melaia? “Let’s try again.” Varic eyed Dwin and fingered the free end of his waist sash, a fine silver mesh. “You promised to introduce us at Redcliff. Do you mean to go back on your word?”

Dwin rose, pale.

Trevin folded his arms. “What’s your business at Redcliff?”

“Are you the gatekeeper?” asked Varic. “The constable?”

“He’s a dung digger.” The wiry one wrinkled his nose. “Can’t you smell him?”

“Ah, Fornian, always a good judge of character.” Varic grinned at Trevin.

“Ever tried gash?” He tossed a gourd ladle at Trevin’s feet. “Drink some. It’s free.”

Gash merchants, Trevin thought as he picked up the gourd. No doubt they had an eye on the profit to be made from newfound rifts and a tavern nearby. He turned the gourd in his hands, admiring the delicate black designs etched into it. “If you and your friends drink gash, you’ve less wit than your dog.”

Varic narrowed his eyes and pointed at the ladle. “Drink up.”

“We always let guests go first.” Trevin tossed the gourd back to Varic. Startled by the gourd’s return, Varic was slow to the catch. It struck his knuckles with a loud crack. “Scum,” he snarled.

The wolf dog bared its teeth. Hesel and Fornian dismounted and drew their daggers.

Trevin tensed. He had expected Varic to catch the ladle and respond to the sarcasm with a few choice words. Trevin shot Dwin a glare, warning him to keep quiet. Dwin’s tongue could be sharper than his own. As long as the daggers were not aimed his direction or Dwin’s, the threats were just bravado. Let the bullies strut and swagger, and they’d be on their way.

Trevin drew his own blade but kept the tip up, unmenacing, warily watching the Dregmoorians’ movements.

“A cripple’s grip,” Hesel crowed. “The dung digger is missing a finger.” Varic rubbed his knuckles, his stare boring into Trevin. “Which one?” “Little one.”

“He can handle a dagger better than you,” said Dwin.

Trevin groaned inwardly. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Fornian edge closer to Dwin. Trevin hoped his brother had his knife with him—and that he was sober enough to use it.

“What’s your name, dung digger?” Varic leaned forward in his saddle, studying Trevin. “Where do you come from? How did you lose your finger?” Trevin glared. “You tell me your business, and I may tell you mine.”

“My business?” Varic gave a sharp laugh. “We hear your king is short of royal defenders—comains, I believe you call them—so we’ve come to help clean up the Camrithian countryside. I think we’ll start by giving a couple of dung diggers a much-needed bath. Nice and warm—in gash. Off with your sandals, boys.”

Trevin seethed. Now twenty-one, he had lost his boyhood long ago. Daggers, swords, fists—one-on-one he would take this jackal. His muscles burned with coiled energy. He locked eyes with Hesel, who pointed his dagger at Trevin’s feet.

“I’ll have your sandals, boy,” said Hesel.

Trevin raised his dagger. “And I’ll have your crooked nose.”

Each eased into a fighter’s stance, assessing the other. Trevin knew he had the advantage of height and reach, but Hesel was all muscle and would be a goring bull if he found an opening. Fornian’s dagger was a concern as well.
Trevin glanced at Dwin, who clutched his knife but still looked unsteady on his feet.

Swift as a snake, Hesel struck, slashing toward Trevin’s face and growling, “Your nose, lowlife.”

Trevin ducked and cut toward Hesel’s shins.

Hesel dodged, and their daggers met with a clang.

Back and forth they attacked and parried, Trevin trying to prevent Hesel from slipping in close enough to lunge at him. At the same time, he tried to keep track of Fornian and Dwin, who circled each other warily but had not engaged.

Trevin evaded a cut and struck back, scoring Hesel’s left arm. Hesel lashed out in retaliation. As Trevin jumped back, he saw Dwin twist away from Fornian, throwing the wiry man off balance.

Fornian stumbled, Varic whistled, and the wolf dog charged Dwin.

Trevin swerved from Hesel and dived in front of his brother.

At Varic’s sharp command, the dog froze, his fangs a handbreadth from Trevin’s wrist. Fornian bounded up and knocked away Dwin’s knife, and Hesel grabbed Trevin’s dagger.

“You want into Redcliff, I’ll get you in,” said Dwin.

“You will not,” Trevin huffed.

The dog growled.

“Get up!” snapped Varic.

Trevin edged away from the dog and stood, panting.

Hesel pointed his dagger at Trevin’s feet. “I’ll have your sandals.”

Trevin removed his sandals. At least Hesel wasn’t demanding his nose.

“Tunic too,” ordered Varic as the wolf dog ambled back to his side.

At sword point Trevin stripped to his leggings.

Varic motioned to Trevin. “Into the well.”

“You’re mad,” said Trevin. Hesel prodded him toward the steaming pit.

“Salaciously sane,” said Varic. “In fact, I feel like doing you a favor. You lack balance. Make his hands match, Hesel. A small finger is just the token I need to impress a certain lady.”

“But you said Camrithian ladies shrink back at blood,” said Dwin.

Varic grinned. “I was not speaking of a Camrithian lady. Shall we have a finger, Hesel?”

As Hesel swaggered toward him, Trevin grabbed the man’s wrist and knocked his dagger hand on the ragged edge of the well, sending the blade tumbling into the darkness. Before Hesel could recover, Trevin hooked his leg behind the man’s knees. The brawny Dregmoorian hit the ground, and Trevin laid into him, fast and furious. Hesel was strong, but Trevin was enraged. He punched and pummeled, twisted and turned until he had Hesel pinned. Varic applauded. Panting, Trevin looked up to see the wolf dog crouched, poised to leap at him, and Fornian holding his dagger at Dwin’s throat.

“I would recruit you for my guard, dung digger,” said Varic, “but you have more courage than common sense. One word from me, my dog is on you, and your brother will be something the countryfolk gawk at for years to come.” He stroked his mesh sash. “But I’ll be fair. You release my man, and I’ll release your brother.”

Trevin slowly loosed his grip on Hesel and stood, his back to the well, watching Fornian. He wanted to tell Dwin to take the blasted devils to Redcliff and be done with their bullying, but the oath he would take on the morrow loomed over him. A comain—pledged to defend king and kingdom—dared not provide a way for no-goods like these to enter the royal city. Hesel rose, wiping his bloody mouth. But Fornian kept his dagger at Dwin’s throat.

Trevin flexed his fists and growled, “Release my brother.”

“Now!” commanded Varic. The wolf dog shot toward Trevin.

Fangs rushing toward him, the well at his back, Trevin didn’t hesitate.

Before the dog could leap, Trevin grabbed the sharp, crumbling ledge of the well and hurdled over it, hoping to find the inner wall with the balls of his feet. As the mongrel clawed at the ledge, he lowered himself, grabbing at chinks in the stone, trying to hug the wall, but it was slick with slime. Before he could gain a hold, he slid within an arm’s length of the bubbling ooze.

Trevin heard Varic’s whistle and Dwin’s strained voice talking fast. He wedged his feet and hands in the widest cracks he could find and felt his way around until he straddled the well. His eyes stung from the steam, and he swallowed to keep from retching at the stench.

Hesel peered down, one eye swollen. “How long can you hold on, dung digger?”

Dirt and rocks, leaves and sticks showered down on him. Trevin turned his head, closed his eyes, and clenched his teeth. Moments later hoofbeats faded into the woods.

Trevin listened for Dwin, then called to him. No answer. He shook the dirt and twigs from his hair and studied the shaft above him. He had scaled walls before but with hooks, never barehanded. The crevices that pocked the sides of the well might serve as handholds if they were not too slick. He reached up and grabbed a protruding rock with his right hand.

As the rock touched the place where his small finger was missing, a mist descended over his mind. Within the mist stood the cloaked figure that haunted his terror-dreams. Never had he fallen into his dream in the daytime.

Gripping the rock, he fought back the image, ignored the flashing pain in his hand, and swallowed his screams.

A stinging sensation on his feet pulled him from the dream and brought him fully back to the danger of his situation. Hot muck spat on him with each thick belch of gash below.

“Climb,” Trevin muttered to himself. “Climb or boil.”

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    Eye of the Sword is book 2 in The Angelaeon Circle series. I di

    Eye of the Sword is book 2 in The Angelaeon Circle series. I didn't have a clue that this book was in the middle of a series! Starting in the middle is hard in any series, but with a fantasy it's nearly impossible! All the names and places - nothing is familiar. But I tried and did enjoy this book for what it was then.

    Trevin lives in Camrithia where he serves the King. His loyalty to his sovereign runs deep, to the King and his daughter. Trevin is having a hard time believing that the princess could care for someone like him. When Trevin is sent on a dangerous quest to find the missing Captains from the King's army, he must leave his lady love in the care of a treacherous Dregmoorian. Although his quest is as hard as it gets (and he's falsely accused of a horrible crime), Trevin remains true to his quest and his destination. His courage, motivation, and gallantry is tested in this stirring book for young adults.

    I liked this book, but it did not hold me. More importantly, it did not make me want to read the first in the series or any after it. I award it 3 stars.

    Score ~ ¿¿¿
    Violence ~ 2
    Indecency ~ 1
    Language ~ 2
    Age: 15-18

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

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    Karyn Henley in her new book ¿Eye of the Sword¿ Book Two in the

    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 comains—captains in the king’s
    army—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
    mission—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 quest—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
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  • Posted July 17, 2012

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    In a world with many different races and cultures and mythical b

    In a world with many different races and cultures and mythical beings, where angels walk the ground, our hero has a mission from his king of finding some missing comains and a second mission from his loved one (the king's daughter) to locate the harps that will restore the stairway to heaven. This is a very entertaining reading, a mix of love story, knight tales, with epic battles, great characters and all the ingredients that make this book a great reading. In a sense it reminded me of the complexity of middle earth (Lord of the Rings, J.R.R.Tolkien), with all its races, languages and rich level of details.
    The author is a very talented young lady that hopefully will give us many more books in this area of fantasy novel. And definitely I will be reading the first book in this series (Angelaeon Circle), Breath of Angel.

    This is a page turner and a must have in the permanent library of any fantasy lover.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

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    Book two of the Angelaeon Circle series follows Trevin. Now

    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.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    First I would like to let you guys know that when I requested to

    First I would like to let you guys know that when I requested to review this book I was unaware that it was part of the Angeleon Circle serious. The Eye of the Sword is the 2nd book in the series. So with that being said, after reading the book I thought it was pretty good. I’d stay up late at night reading it because I couldn’t put it down. There were so many twists and turns that I never got bored reading it. The charactors were all wonderful, there were humans, angels, immortals, half human half angels, windwings (winged horses). It really was captivating. I really liked how I got to see the life of Trevin unfold. It was like it was taking me on a journey through his life, past and future, it was full of excitement and bravery. This book is unique and original. Very enjoyable. I rate this book a 4 just because I haven’t read the first book.

    I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy/action/adventure types of books.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    Good Read

    I must admit that I did not read the first book of the Angelaeon Circle. Having said that I think that The Eye of the Sword is an interesting book that can stand well on its own. There are a few references to events that happened in the first book but not so many to where you won't understand this book. 

    I like the way Henley made her main character, Trevin, a complex and interesting one. She gave him an interesting past that never really seems to leave Trevin alone even when he tries to fix his bad deeds. Henley did an excellent job in mixing the romance and the sword fighting in this book, it blended nicely. I feel that Henley took a big risk in writing a book about angels because there really isn't much information about them. I like that she didn't stick to the stereotypical angel, the one with the white robes and halo, instead she included auras of light and special gifts to set the angels apart. One of my favorite characters was Ollena, a warrior angel from the kingdom of Eldarra. She was a strong woman that didn't mind doing some dirty work and she could be quite amusing sometimes. 

    Although the book was easy to put down I still enjoyed it. Toward the last chapters I found myself engrossed in the book because Henley starts to throw some very interesting twists in, some that may leave you flabbergasted. I know I was. I enjoyed reading about Trevin's quest and the ending was just perfect, it makes the reader want to know what happens next. Henley also did an excellent job with details. If there is a third book to come, I can't wait to read it. This is not your traditional Christian book. 

    Disclosure: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books program, but this review is completely my own. I chose the book I wanted to read, they mailed it to me, and I have given my honest opinion of it.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    When I ordered this book, I had no idea that it was the second o

    When I ordered this book, I had no idea that it was the second one in the series. I tried to find the first book, Breath of Angel, but unfortunately my library didn't have it and I didn't have the money to buy it. So I started reading this book knowing full well that I would probably have no idea what was going on. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Although it was the second book, it still explained each character fairly well instead of assuming that you already knew who they were. While reading it I found that there were some unexplained things, but I caught on quick enough. I felt that the plot line was pretty strong for a sequel. There was a ton of character development and building. I felt that the world that Karyn Henley had created was very original, especially at a time when everyone is writing of surreal worlds. Angels walking everywhere definitely made life interesting for the characters. The angel aspect made an intriguing story line and they were all very likeable. I definitely had a hard time putting this book down, but I would recommend reading the first book before this one. Overall I felt that this was a good book.

    I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    I am a huge fan of fantasy novels, but Eye of the Sword I found

    I am a huge fan of fantasy novels, but Eye of the Sword I found very boring for some reason, though I'm not entirely sure why.
    Quests, mystical harps, swords, angels. Yeah, I love those things, which usually combine to make a story that satisfies an avid reader, such as myself.
    The writing was decent, the story was unusual on the surface, I suppose. But maybe I was turned off because I disapproved of some of Karyn Henley's word choices early on in the book. I'm not entirely sure.
    I hate being critical, but it just wasn't a story for me.
    I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

    I have to be honest. I wanted to review this book because I just

    I have to be honest. I wanted to review this book because I just really love a good sci-fi/fantasy book. The truth is however, I was all-but-ready for this particular story to be mediocre at best. Unfortunately, Christian authors do not the best fantasy writers make. Or rather – they either make the BEST (read C. S. Lewis) or they basically flop. (Please feel free to prove me wrong. I would like nothing better!)

    I am pleased to report that this book was better than I’d expected! Eye of the Sword is book two of the Angelaeon Circle by Karyn Henley. I’m looking forward to back tracking a bit and reading the first book Breath of Angel.

    Eye of the Sword focuses on Trevin, our hero. At times he doesn’t look very heroic – more like someone who’s always in the wrong place at the wrong time – but as the story grows he proves himself to be the hero we knew he was destined to be.

    Trevin’s supporting cast is made up of kings, a princess, various levels of angelic beings, mighty warriors and a whole other group who range from badly misled to down-right evil.

    At first I was a little concerned by the elaborate names, not only of the characters but also of the places in this book. Eldarra, Aubendahl, The Dregmoors, Ambria, Hanamel – you get the idea. It took me a little while (and a bit of flipping back to an earlier page to check that the person I was reading about was the same person who did such-and-such) but pretty soon I had no problem keeping everyone straight.

    It is easy to spot a fantasy author who has read one of the great ones (J. R. R. Tolkien), it inevitably comes out in their writing. So it was with Karyn Henley. Nevertheless, this book was still full of originality and creativity! It was exciting and interesting to read the entire way through and even at the end there were plot twists that kept me guessing…

    Near the beginning of the story (while I was being all critical) I had this sense of something missing in the writing. I couldn’t smell the story the way I can with some books. By the end of the book I had forgotten all about that. I closed the final page with a sigh that only comes at the end of a satisfying story mixed with a little regret that it is over. Thankfully the story is NOT over – there is at least one more book yet to be published and I get to go back and read book one!

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, engaging novel that has a good combination of adventure and romance.

    *I received this book free from the publisher through the Waterbrook Press book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.*

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

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    Song for the Stairway to Heaven I read Breath of Angel, book o


    Song for the Stairway to Heaven

    I read Breath of Angel, book one in The Angeleon Circle not really expecting to be transported into a mystical world of Angels. I was pleasingly surprised.

    In book Two I was glad to continue this journey into The Angeleon Circle. The first couple of pages was fun to get into because Trevin's brother Dwin was acting like a total idiot and was laughing hysterically which drew me in right away.

    Main Trevin is a hero on a quest to help Princess Melaia find the remaining magical harps that will restore the stairs to Heaven for the Angels. He is not only on a quest to find the magical harps but to save the Land of Camrithia from the Dregmoors and to save Princess Melaia from being bartered into marriage by her father, King Laetham with the Prince of the Dregmoors.

    Plus the romance keeps building between Main Trevin and Princess Melaia. There is so much more I would like to say about this story but I would spoil the book for you.

    There are many other characters in this book that hold this story together like connect a dots. Pay close attention some that claim to be friends may be foe.

    Are you following the connect a dots that God has set before you or are you creating your own life lines?.

    I highly recommend this book.

    Disclosure:
    I was provided a copy of this book from Waterbrook Press for review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

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    Another great book in the Angelaeon Circle Series! Now I can't w

    Another great book in the Angelaeon Circle Series! Now I can't wait for the next one!

    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.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley book review! I decided to read

    Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley book review!
    I decided to read this book because I like historical fiction, and I am also a fan of historical romance. this book has a little bit of both, plus this book has some historical fantasy mixed in as well. This is the second book in the Angelaeon Circle series. I received this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.
    I wish that I had read the first book, because I think that I would have enjoyed it. There is a map at the beginning of the book, as well as list of names of all the people and creatures in the book. I did flip to the map and glossary a few times during the book. I also liked the simplicity of the story. there was a damsel that needed help, and her knight was there to save her. This is an old story, but the author brought new life to the story with a new kind of damsel, and a new setting in which the story takes place!
    All in all this was a very good read, and I found it hard to put the book down. There were a few different plots going on and they were all answered. There was also a happy ending that left room for a third installment of the series. I really enjoyed that there were angels in the book, because I think that the world could use more angels! There were a few times where I had to use the glossary because some of the names were hard to remember. A few of the characters had nicknames and I think that it would have been easier for me to read, if more of the characters had nicknames.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    Where angels walk the ground and the future is told in song, doe

    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 comains—captains in the king’s army—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 mission—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 quest—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? (book blurb)

    It’s been a while since I’d last read Breath of Angel, so I reread it a couple of days before I read Eye of the Sword. Personally, I found Eye of the Sword to be my favorite of the two. Where Breath of Angel was told in limited third-person from Melaia’s point-of-view, Eye of the Sword is written in limited third-person from Trevin’s point-of-view. I’m curious to see how book three will be narrated, but Trevin is definitely my favorite as of now.

    The author’s writing style seemed to be a bit different, but in a good way. The settings felt more real, and the world-building and history-telling didn’t seem so rushed; it simply came through as the story progressed. I also liked the characters better in this book. They seemed to be better-developed and worked well in the story. The backstories were woven easily in to the narrative and dialogue, and the story progressed at a pretty steady but not slow pace. Plus, the stakes were higher for the characters than in the previous book, which is one thing I think made them more believable and relatable.

    I’ve just one small issue with the book, and that was one of the plot points. (I’ll try to be as spoiler-free as possible.) Concerning Trevin’s past, there was one point where I thought that it seemed…almost too unbelievable. I kept wondering through the last chapters if someone was going to show up and let the world know that it wasn’t true. It makes for a good solution to one of the issues in the book, but I think it could have taken a little more time so as not to seem so rushed.

    I also really liked the cover, or rather the attention to detail put into the cover. (Though I was pretty sure Trevin’s hair was dark brown in the first book, but that’s beside the point.) Again, I’ll be spoiler-free. But, of you’ve read Breath of Angel, then you probably know what I’m referring to. There’s a certain thing about Trevin’s appearance that many of the characters notice, and on the cover, if you look close enough, they’ve incorporated that in to it. I’m a book cover nerd, I guess, but I love it when they reflect something about the book!

    Overall, I’d recommend this one if you like Fantasy stories and adventure stories. There’s a little bit of romance, but it’s not as prominent in the story as the blurb makes it seem. It’s more of an opener for the book, and one of the things at stake for Trevin.

    ** I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books Program in exchange for an honest review. **

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