Tuesday, July 12, 2011

YA Book Review: Breath of Angel, a Novel by Karyn Henley

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


Colorado Springs, Colo- In Breath of Angel (WaterBrook Press, June 21, 2011), award winning author Karyn Henley brings to life the tale of Melaia, a young priestess who witnesses the murder of a stranger in the temple courtyard.

A place where age-old legends recited in song suddenly come to life, in this story of two immortal brothers quest for restoration.

With Angels. Shape-shifters. Myths and stories… 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.

As the feud turns violent and Melaia becomes a target, she finds refuge with a band of angels attempting to restore the stairway. But the restoration is impossible without the repayment of an ancient debt—the “breath of angel, blood of man,” a payment that involves Melaia’s heart, soul, and destiny.

Young readers are sure to be intrigued and dig deeper into this make-believe story that explores the payment for redemption. 

My Review:
4 stars out of 5

I am not usually a big fan of fantasy books, but I thought I would give this book a read after reading summary.  I have been surprised lately with the increase of fantasy books and books about angels and spirits that have been showing up on bookstore shelves.

Again, not expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised to find this book was enjoyable to read.  It was full of suspense and Karyn Henley did an excellent job in keeping the reader interested through the story line and cast of characters.  This book is meant for young adults, but adults who like fantasy books will also like this book, the first in the Angeleon circle series.

I have to say there were a few times in the middle of the book that I felt lost.  But, Karyn did a great job of bringing the story full circle.  You will be surprised at the ending -- I was!

So, if your young teen or yourself love fantasy books, why not give Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley a try today.

About the Author:

Karyn Henley has written over 100 titles, along with being an accomplished songwriter nominated for a Dove Award. She also received a regional Emmy Award as Music Composer for a television special and lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, a jazz drummer.

Disclosure:  I was sent an advance copy of this book in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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