"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?"
Fantasy was my favorite genre as a preteen and I grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia, read some of the Lord of the Rings, and was always on the look out to read other fantasy. I still enjoy a good novel that is either a fairy tale, fantasy, or science fiction, so I when I had the opportunity to read Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley, I was eager to review this book.
Honestly, I have never encountered anything as interesting as the Angelaeon. Half immortal and half angels, half human and half angels, warrior women...oh my! It was kind of hard for me to place everyone and even grasp such a concept. However, I just decided to put aside what "class" the angel-people and forget how strange it would be to have angels trapped on earth and I chose to enjoy the great adventure story that Karyn Henley wove. This really is a fantastic epic tale. In some ways it reminded me of Star Wars; with the angels being able to sense each others' presence and the different colors. In other ways, it reminded me of Lord of the Rings, with the epic search for the remaining two harps.
My one complaint with this book it that I had a hard time connecting with the characters and sympathizing with their plight. The one character I really was fond of was Haden. I wish we could have seen more of him in the book. This book explores the necessity of accepting the guilt of the past, forgiving yourself, and moving on with hope for the future.
All in all, I enjoyed reading Eye of the Sword and recommend it as a clean, "different" adventure novel.
Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley
Read the first chapter here.
I received this book through WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review. (Note: a favorable review was not required for participation.)