Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Breath of Angel
Author: Karyn Henley
Release Date: June 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Inspirational Fantasy
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and up
Year/Setting: Begins in the City of Navia
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense (Fantastical Elements)
Karyn's Website/Blog: www.karynhenleyfiction.com
Angels have always been a mystery to us. They’ve been shown in many ways from good to bad. In this new series, angels are both the protectors and the deceivers. Author Karyn Henley takes us into a world full of magic and secrets by telling the tale of one girl who has to beat all odds in order to discover who she is.
It all starts with a girl named Melaia, who is a priestess in the city called Navia. She witnesses a brutal murder of a young stranger by a hawk. Only later does she discover that the slayed stranger was an angel, and the hawk was actually a man. Melaia begins to tell the reader a story of a young angel by the name of Dreia, who guarded the once standing Wisdom Tree. Little did she know that story had more to do with her then she ever thought possible.
Life changes for Melaia as she’s sent to play music for the King on a very peculiar harp. It was a beautiful harp, made of material not even seen around their lands anymore. As she journeys to Redcliff to play this music, she meets Trevin. Feelings begin to form between the two of them, but are soon broken as she finds him betraying her. Why the betrayal? Trevin works for the hawkman, Lord Rejius.
In time, she stumbles over a book that once belonged to Dreia which speaks of three harps that are necessary to open the path in the Wisdom Tree…the Angeleon’s pathway. It also speaks about the breath of angel, and the blood of man. With these mysterious things twirling around Melaia, there also comes a fight that involves the taking of her friends from Navia by Lord Rejius. With the help of some of her angel companions, she goes to Qanreef to rescue them. While there, she discovers what happened to one of her very close friends, and that the "dying" King has much more in common with Melaia than she ever thought possible.
It’s a battle of truth and faith for Melaia to discover where she came from, who she is, and how her life will turn out. She risks it all to save the ones she loves, and discovers just how important the story of the Wisdom Tree is to her future.
This is an excellent piece of fantasy fiction, offering non-stop suspense and new - illuminating characters. Every chapter seems to end with some new secret that begs the reader to continue with Melaia on her quest. I guarantee it will be hard to put this book down. The fantasy and wonder that Ms. Henley has created is sure to keep you right beside Melaia to the very end.
Until next time,
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