WaterBrook Press (March 13, 2012) 256 pages
Description from Amazon:
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?
Last year, I read the first book in the Angelaeon Series, Breath of Angel, and loved it. At least, apparently I did, because I put it on my "favorites" shelf. As I started this one, though, I was having a really hard time remembering what the book was about. As I read through Eye of the Sword, I started slowly putting together things that happened in the first book, but it was all still really vague.
I struggled through Eye of the Sword. I seem to remember Breath of Angel having more of a fantasy/paranormal feel to it, but this one seemed more of a science fiction/fantasy kind of story. Now I like a good bit of science fiction/fantasy, but I do have to be in the mood to read it, and apparently I just wasn't in the mood to read it right now.
Breath of Angel was narrated by Melaia, so maybe I connected with her more. Eye of the Sword is narrated by Trevin. I do think it is more gender neutral than the first book. Even the cover looks more targeted to guys. I definitely didn't hate it, but I didn't like it as much as I was expecting. It may have helped if I'd re-read Breath of Angel to refresh my memory before picking this one up.
*I was provided an Advance Reader's Copy through Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest opinion.
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