Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley

September 27, 2011 2 flames 0

Author: Karyn Henley
Source: Amazon Vine
*I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (June 21, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307730123
ISBN-13: 978-0307730121


The stranger’s cloak had fallen back, and with it, a long, white, blood-stained wing.
When Melaia, a young priestess, witnesses the gruesome murder of a stranger in the temple courtyard, age-old legends recited in song suddenly come to life. She discovers wings on the stranger, and the murderer takes the shape of both a hawk and a man.

Angels. Shape-shifters. Myths and stories—until now.

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. When 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.


Breath of Angel is the first book in the Angelaeon Circle series.  The cover is what originally captured my interest in this book.  It was dark and eerie which seemed to fit my mood at that time.  Unfortunately, this book was not as great as I was hoping.

Everything you would want in a plot is touched on in this book.  At times, it became to be a little cliched.  There are many books out there that feature angels and such, but this book really didn’t have anything to really stand out in my mind and make it great.  I wanted to love this book, but I just couldn’t fall for it like I have done with other books in the past.  This book is also classified as a Fiction Fantasy.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking it is just a paranormal read.  While I love a great paranormal book, fantasy has never been one of my favorite genres.  I am not a huge fan of priestesses and magic.  Maybe that is one of the reasons this book didn’t fit well with my reading habits. 

Now if you are a fantasy reader, then give this book a try.  I on the other hand, was not a fan of it.  It could have been my reading mood at the time, so I might give this book another go somewhere down the line in the future.


  If the library doesn’t have it, don’t worry about reading it! 2 STARS

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