Review — Eye of the Sword: A Novel by Karyn Henley


Once again, comes a review of a book I read in 2012…. This is me back in 2012.  I look exactly the same, but with more tattoos.

Goodreads Summary:

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:

This book was very interesting.  Angels that walk on the earth and mingle among humans.   This is actually the second book in the series, which I did not know until I received the book, so I wish I had read the first book, first.

The main character is Trevin, who is in love with the princess Melaia.  He is the Comain for the King of Camrinthia (like a knight?).  Melaia is the daughter of the king, and an angel (Angelaeon).  Trevin has to go on a quest for the king to consult with the Oracle to find out the fate of Camrinthia, find all of the king’s missing Comains (5 of the previous Comains went missing, and only their shields were found), and a quest for Melaia to find the lost harps that will regrow the Wisdom Tree to reopen the stairway to heaven.

The book refers a lot to the first book (like many in a series), which left me disappointed that I did not read it, but explained everything pretty thoroughly so it was still a really good read.  Also, there was a map and glossary of characters which really helped out.  The only complaint I really have is that Main Trevin is kind of a drama queen.   He seems to always think he deserves to die, (if he gets into any kind of danger), and kind of just wallows instead of fighting.  He pretty much gave up after every scrap he got into, but someone or something else managed to work in his favor.  Also, he is love with Melaia, and he acts kind of emo about that too, because she professes her love and vows to marry none but him, but he gets all these thoughts about not being worthy of her. Blegh.  I really liked this book.  I wish I knew it was the second book before I received it.  I recommend this to any fantasy lover.

“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.”


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