Saturday, March 3, 2012

Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley - WaterBrook Press/Blogging for Books - Review

Book 1 of the Angelaeon Circle trilogy

About Karyn

Award-winning author Karyn Henley has written more than 100 titles, including a mix of childrens books and articles, parent-teacher books, articles, and curricula, and preschool musicals and CDs/DVDs of original music for children.

Venturing into the young adult market, Karyns first book in The Angelaeon Circle trilogy, Breath of Angel, releases June 21 from WaterBrook Press (Random House).

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 has traveled worldwide speaking to parents and teachers and entertaining children and their families in storytelling/active movement sessions and concerts.

A graduate of Abilene Christian University (BSEd), Karyn received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2004.

Karyn lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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About Book

The stranger’s cloak had fallen back, and with it, a long, white, blood-stained wing.

When Melaia, a young priestess, witnesses the gruesome murder of a stranger in the temple courtyard, age-old legends recited in song suddenly come to life. She discovers wings on the stranger, and the murderer takes the shape of both a hawk and a man.

Angels. Shape-shifters. Myths and stories—until now.

Melaia finds herself in the middle of a blood feud between two immortal brothers who destroyed the stairway to heaven, stranding angels in the earthly realm. When Melaia becomes a target, she finds refuge with a band of angels attempting to restore the stairway. But the restoration is impossible without settling an ancient debt—the “breath of angel, blood of man,” a payment that involves Melaia’s heart, soul, and destiny.


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Paperback, 277 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by WaterBrook Press
ISBN 0307730123 (ISBN13: 9780307730121)
edition languageEnglish


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My Thoughts on Breath of Angel

A cloaked stranger enters the temple courtyard and before the young priestess, Songtress Melaia, could properly welcome the stranger he is attacked by a shape-shifter, hawk and man.  Melaia desperately beats the hawk with a stick to get it away from the stranger. The hawk takes off in a cloud of smoke. But to no avail the stranger had been killed and Melaia watched as his spirit left his body to disappear into the cracks of the courtyard floor.  When she attempts to remove the strangers cloak, in order to prepare his body, Melaia is shocked to find a bloodied set of wings. It appears the stranger was an ANGEL.

This is where the story gets even more intriguing.  A handsome Envoy Trevin, dispatched by their King, comes to the temple and is given a very rare harp along with the Songstress Melaia as a gift to their King.  It appears she is taken from her only home and has become nothing more than chattel for her King.  As she is about to be presented to the King  the story reveals a blood feud  that is actually between two brothers and Melaia seems to be in the very center of the battle.  She escapes and finds a safe haven among a band of angels.  This is where the real TRUTH is revealed, and an ancient dept is to be paid,  the “breath of angel, blood of man,”a payment that involves Melaia’s heart, soul, and destiny.

This book has really peaked my interest into Angels and the different spheres of Angels.

I highly recommend this Christian Young Adult Fantasy.

I rated this book a 4 out of 5. Only because it was a little out of my genre. No fault of the author.

I was provided a free copy of this book by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  I was in no way compensated for this review it is own opinion.

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