Monday, June 25, 2012

Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley

STORYLINE: 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?
MY THOUGHTS: I was a bit skeptical of this book, especially since it sounded like a typical commoner-and-princess love story. It ended up not being the best book I've ever read, but it did go up a few notches in my opinion.
It took me a while to get through Eye of the Sword, but mostly because I was really busy. The concept of angels and their children in a fantasy land was intriguing, but it didn't start really interesting me until I learned exactly how contorted the relationships of angels, humans, immortals, and their children were. (Without giving anything away, let me say that there are more people related to each other than I originally thought.)
The characters were solid, though not particularly original. The author did get me to care about whether or not Trevin and Melai would end up together (a pretty big achievement) and I did think that the final twist about the comains, while a little blindsiding, was pretty cool. And, as I mentioned earlier, figuring out the way one character was related to another was interesting.
I was disappointed that there were almost no swordfights--I expected more in a quest-type story. And I did think that everyone, especially Jarrod, accepted Trevin's confession a little too easily
As to family-friendliness, it's pretty clean. I'd feel comfortable handing it off to a 14-15 year old.
All in all, Eye of the Sword won't stand out to me as an awesome book, but it was a decent read.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

**I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from Waterbrook Multnomah**

1 responses:

Mary Ruth Pursselley said...

I read the prequel to this book and, like you said of this one, it wasn't the best book I've read, but it was okay. I wouldn't mind reading this one.


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