Book Review: The Eye of the Sword

Book Review: The Eye of the SwordThe Eye of the Sword: A Novel by Karyn Henley
Series: The Angelaeon Circle #2
on March 13th 2012
Pages: 233

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?

I really enjoyed reading the first novel in this series and couldn't wait to read another. This has to be the only series in which I like angels lately.

I was surprised to find this book in the view of Trevin, whereas the first book was from Melaia's view. I love the way they plunge you straight into the action, where Trevin meets some vagabonds who have coerced his brother to lead them to the castle. Little does he know that one of them is prince of the Dregmoors and has come to try for peace between the two kings with a marriage proposal for Melaia's hand. Melaia holds Trevin's heart and he finds out that she has promised to only marry Trevin, if she is to wed at all.

But the king fears that they will need an ally and peace and is willing to compromise his only daughter to keep the kingdom safe. Trevin succeeds in persuading the king to leave off making a decision on the marriage while he embarks on a quest to see the Oracle, find the missing comains and also to hopefully find the remaining two harps, which Melaia is desperate to find. She believes it will aide in their efforts to stop the evil that is boiling forth from below the earth and connect their world once again to the Angels'.

And with any quest, there is so much adventure. I believe this is the reason I truly love quest-based novels. The Eye of the Sword is so heroic, romantic and full of action that I couldn't stop reading. I love the mix of mythology with angels and a high fantasy setting to top the book off. The characters are full of life and magical in their own ways. Trevin proves himself a worthy man through the course of the book. I love the way he has started to grow into his own skin and starts to shed the guilt he has felt for having worked for evil forces when he met Melaia in the first novel. And meeting the original characters in the myth that centers the book is just stunning and really captured the heart of the book.

Final Verdict:
I cannot wait to read the next novel. I love this series and am dying to see what will happen next. Pick these books up if you love high fantasy that is quest based and something a bit unusual in that realm.




One response to “Book Review: The Eye of the Sword

  1. Christina Kit.

    It’s great when there’s a POV change in a series but it doesn’t spoil the whole thing. Especially since with this is really puts you in the adventure aspect:)

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