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Eye of the Sword: A Novel (The Angelaeon Circle) [Kindle Edition]

Karyn Henley
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Book Description

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?

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Editorial Reviews


"Henley is an expert at dealing with gray ...a phenomenal writer. ...beautifully crafted prose." - tarasbookblog

About the Author

Karyn Henley is a best-selling children's book author and an Emmy-Award winning musician. She is the author of the original Beginner's Bible, which sold over five million copies and was translated into 17 languages, and Breath of Angel, the first novel in the Angelaeon Circle. An accomplished songwriter, Karyn has been a Dove Award nominee and received a regional Emmy Award as music composer for a Christmas television special. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1548 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005723JZY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Story April 20, 2012
I love adventure stories. The story of good versus evil is always entertaining especially when the author shows that most people are a mixture of good and bad. That is one of the biggest characteristics of Karyn Henley's Eye of the Sword.

This is a book set in a fantasy world very similar to the Middle Ages of Europe. The host of angels, half-angels, and other supernatural figures give the plot so many possibilities. Anything could really happen.

It's the story of Trevin who has had a dark past and has a chance to prove his loyalty to his new king. His plans are quickly thwarted in the first few chapters as he is accused of murder and leaves on a quest that could defeat the First Born. At stake is Trevin's reputation, the love of his life, the life of friends, and the world as he knows it. Along the way, he finds himself looking into the Eye of the Sword and discovering parts of himself he never knew existed.

I did not read the first book. I found that it was hard to understand for the first few chapters with the different terminology used and the different types of people and beings. Once I got the hang of it, the story was much more enjoyable. I would recommend reading the first book before picking up Eye of the Sword.

There were a few places in the story that should have been edited better. Trevin acted surprised to find out his brother was a spy when in reality he knew about it early in the book and was told by his brother. There were a few other instances of such inconsistencies.

Otherwise, it was a good read. I now want to read the first one and get a better understanding of what I read. This is a good book for young adult and adults.

Note: This book was supplied to me by the publisher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for fantasy readers! April 11, 2012
By Lori_R
Trevin started life as a pick pocket and a thief, but by the time we meet him here in Eye of the Sword he has matured and become an honorable young man. He is just about to commit to the service of the King of Camrithia and once knighted he is to begin a quest. Unknown to the king, Trevin loves his daughter and is loved in return. She, too, asks Trevin to complete a mission for her while he is on his quest. Little does she know that murder and evil will plague Trevin until he returns to the kingdom.

Eye of the Sword, by Karyn Henley, is a fantasy book rich in the tradition of the Wheel of Time series (by Robert Jordan). The characters are interesting, and while some of the drama is expected, the resolution of the plot was a total surprise! I am not a big reader of fantasy, so through the first half of the book I read quickly, but as I became immersed in the story, I realized I enjoyed the characters and how Henley created their relationships.

The plot of the book surrounds two mysteries, and, of course, the relationship between Trevin and the princess. The first is the mystery of the harps. It took me a bit to figure this out, because I did not read the first book in the series. The premise is that long ago, a prophecy was declared that required the uniting of three harps. The princess has been drawn to complete this prophecy by searching for them. Trevin has agreed to help her.

The second is the mystery surrounding Trevin's background. There are a number of references to his childhood and his life before this book, but he admits there is much he doesn't know or understand, and wants to find out about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What I Loved: Eye of the Sword's story moved much more quickly than Breath of Angel did, quite to my liking. I also found that I got into this particular novel's story line easier than I did with the first novel in the series. For me there was less confusion, a stronger plot in place and more adventure to be had, with many new faces to get to know too.

You know, there's something about reading into the life of a character with a "lower station," a very stout heart and many questions that they must quest away to find their long awaited answers that excites me down through my core and keeps me turning pages faster and faster, instead of having to read all about a Princess the whole time. I guess I just love my under-dogs! That said, I think this is why I actually loved this book more so than the first, because it focused on Trevin and his journey to find not only the last two harps and the missing comains for King Laetham and Princess Melaia, but also himself, his heart and more about his dark history.

I don't usually read too many books with male leads very often, but I loved the quick manly dialogue and the chance to climb inside the mind of a "lower status knight", if you will. I also loved that there were two tasks at hand for Trevin (finding the two harps and searching for the lost comains) which seemingly stretched him (as the newly named comain of Camrithia) and grew him as a person most worthy of being loved by himself, his comrades and most importantly Princess Melaia by novel's end.

Some of my favorite scenes and characters were introduced outside the walls of Camrithia, leaving King Laetham and Princess Melaia behind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
As I put the first book in the trilogy down (Breath of Angel) I HAD to get my hands on Eye of The Sword... it didn't disappoint! Read more
Published 12 months ago by titiamatti
4.0 out of 5 stars Great trilogy!
This Trilogy is very good! I have been so "involved" in the story I've lost track of time while reading. Lol!
Published 13 months ago by CindyG
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I Was Wrong
It took me a long time to finally pick up Karyn Henley's Eye of the Sword. I'm not a particularly huge fantasy fiction fan. I don't hate it, I'm just not crazy about it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by mseeger1106
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasy read
I have no idea why it took me so long to finally read Karyn Henley's fantasy book, "Eye of the Sword." I started reading it months ago and then set it aside in disinterest. Read more
Published 19 months ago by HWheeler
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts off interesting
This is the second book of the series. I usually prefer to start a story at the beginning, but the author wove the tale well enough in the beginning that I did not mind coming in... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Christina Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Adventure And A Beautifully Written Novel You Won't Be Able...
I bought this book because I won the 3rd book in the series on the Goodreads First-Reads Giveaways and I usually prefer to read the whole series instead of just part of it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rachel Wiebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, family-friendly/epic fantasy, recommended
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy/Christian fiction
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: People seeking family-friendly fantasy, those who enjoy epic fantasy
Trigger... Read more
Published 22 months ago by K. Sozaeva
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the Sword
In this second book in the Angelaeon Circle series that began with Breath of Angel, Trevin finds himself – in service to the king and in pursuit of the love of a beautiful princess... Read more
Published 23 months ago by H.
3.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the Sword
Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley was an okay read. While I really enjoyed Trevin's love for the Princess Melaia, the majority of the story took place with them apart. Read more
Published 24 months ago by carla
2.0 out of 5 stars Flat out Mistake
Now this book was new to me and stepping outside of what I normally go for. I don't typically go for a fantasy book and one that's from a Male's perspective. Read more
Published on December 26, 2012 by MollyRose
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More About the Author

Award-winning author Karyn Henley has written over 100 titles, which include a mix of children's books and articles, parent-teacher books, articles, and curricula, and preschool musicals and CD's/DVD's of original music for children. An accomplished songwriter, Karyn has been a Dove Award nominee, and received a regional Emmy Award as Music Composer for a Christmas television special. She has traveled worldwide speaking to parents and teachers and entertaining children and their families in storytelling/active movement sessions and concerts. Most of her work has been in the area of spiritual development. She is best known as the author of the original version of The Beginner's Bible, which during the fifteen years it was in print (1989-2004), sold over 5 million copies and was translated into 17 languages.

A graduate of Abilene Christian University (BSEd), Karyn received a Master's of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2004. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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