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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley

Posted by Irish in Review1 Comment

Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Source: BEA
Publication Date: 21 June 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0307730123
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 277
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Place(s) Traveled to: Navia, Camritha // Durenwoods, Camritha // Redcliff, Camritha // Qanreef, Camritha (Camritha world map)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line: The prick of the thorn drew blood, but Melaia smiled.
The Angeleon Circle Series Order
Book 1 – Breath of Angel
Book 2 – Eye of the Sword
Book 3 – Throat of the Night (Release TBD)
I walked into Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley without knowing a lot about it other than the obvious that it contained Angels. Angel books have been a bit hit or miss with me lately as so I might have been looking at this one with a little bit of a harsher eye than I might have otherwise. But I was still hopeful for this one as I’d heard many good things about it from fellow bloggers. 
In the end, this one was a very slow read for me and I really can’t put my finger on why. Its such a short book but I just seemed to struggle with reading it. Not that it was a complex story but it wasn’t one that grabbed me by the fist and wouldn’t let go. I thought that the dialogue and scene transitions were a bit choppy and there were times where I had to go back and re-read some sentences to make sure that I had read them properly. There was a little bit of formlessness to the story I think that was a bit off putting when I think the intent was to add an old world feel to the story.
The beginning of this story was also a tad bit confusing on how the world was set up and I think that the main series story line took a little too long to set up as my interest kept wandering. The main character, Melaia, also annoyed me a bit. She was a strong character but she was a little too impulsive and headstrong for my tastes. She rarely seemed to listen to those around her, though they often had more experience with the world, and would rush head long into her plan and then seem baffled when things went wrong.
The other thing that bugged me was that initially I got the impression that angels were hiding in Melaia’s world and that there weren’t that many. But then it seemed that everyone Melaia met was an angel. I just wished there were more humans involved. I also thought it odd that while angels were supposed to be living in secret they all seemed ready to confess their race when Melaia asked – often right when she met them and sometimes before asking their name. It just never seemed like a natural series of events.
Still, despite the flaws that Breath of Angel had for me I am still curious to see where things might be going. Therefore, I will be checking out the sequel, Eye of the Sword, at some point and will make my final call on continuing with this series based on that book.

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