Saturday, February 25, 2012

Eye of the Sword

:My random thoughts:
I Read and reviewed 'Breath of Angel' which is book one in the Angeleon series, and I thought I loved it.  Now, I know, Book 1 just can't compete with 'Eye of The Sword'.  I couldn't put it  down, and, since I already loved Trevin (in fact, in the first book, I wished for more scenes with him), this book, which was written from his POV, made me very, very, happy.  Very happy indeed.

:Publisher's Description:
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?

:info to know:

Author:  Kathryn Henley

My recommended age:  13+

Their recommended age:  NA

Publisher:Waterbrook Multnomah
Number of Pages: 256

  • Characters: Where do I begin?  Ms. Henley's character development is beyond description.  I really admire how well she formed Trevin.  A man haunted by his past, and who he is.  A person trying to gain a foothold on who is really is.  All he thought he knew, was suddenly jerked out from under him like a rug, and now, he is trying to trust the ground under him, and hoping his trust isn't misplayed.
    Thus saying, I adore Trevin, and Benasin.  Really, Benasin is, like, wow.  I would go and hug him and squeeze him, and call him George, if he were real.  Also, I enjoyed how we got to see more of the elemental Angels.  I like Seaspinner and WindWeaver best. Oh, and I was glad to see Dwin reforming.  He really is a sweet boy with a lot going for him.  Especially with all the curly black hair...

This is weird, but, I didn't know what to expect.  Normally, I think ahead, like, "Well, since THAT is happening, then, most likely, THIS will fall into place"...but, no, I didn't do it.  I just took the whole book in and drank it thirstily. 

Writing Style:

At first, (I'm being honest here), I was like, "Ugh. THAT is what Trevin looks like?".  But, you know? It fits him perfectly.


World Building:
It is just so real! I really like how she tied everything together.  It is truly art.



Drugs and Drink:
Again, we have the Gash, and Dwin gets drunk once (I will personally thrash him if he ruins his life, again).

Romance and sexual content:

Trevin and Melaia are in love, and, I really enjoy how they, yes, are in love, but have remained pure towards each other.  At the end, they kiss, but...well, I knew it was coming.

                          Draks (which are human souls trapped in birds).
Sword fights (A Prince, and a rotten Dregmoorian end up dying, in different fight).
Nets that ensnare souls (Trevin was lucky, thanks to The Elder one)
An Earthquake that kills many (Trevin's fault again)
And a certain Warrior Angel Lady who, is a total winner, and very amusing.

You know, this series is very interesting. And in two ways,
1) Normally, I adore the bad guys. Sith, Romulan, Borg, Slytherin, Weeping Angels, Shades (I LOVE DURZA!!!).  But, this is different I despise the bad guys, I loathe them, and whole heartily applaud the good ones.   
And the Second, 2) When I first decided the review them, I had little warning flags already prepared.  A book about Angels being trapped on Earth? It seemed a little sacrilegious.   But, as I've gotten to 'know' it better, I'm not so sure.  Ms. Henley isn't saying, "ANGELS COULD BE TRAPPED ON EARTH BY US MORTALS!" at all.  It is Fantasy, and in Fantasy, anything goes.  
For me, actually, reading this series, has opened my eyes.
Before, I always  though of the angels as one body, except for Gabriel.  They had no personality, they were just angels. Nothing else. But, you know what? If Gabriel had character and was an individual, why aren't the rest of them? Maybe each one is different! Maybe some are like Livia, caring, gentle, and graceful. and Maybe some are like Jarrod (Who I also like, he is just so funny!), easily upset, touchy, but strong in times of trouble.

therefore, I think you all know what I'm about to give this book:

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jedigal1990 said...

very cool review i really need to start reading again love your blog i have many good suggestions from your blog of my next book to read

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