Friday, July 22, 2011
Breath Of Angel *book review*
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 Melaia becomes a target, she finds refuge with a band of angels attempting to restore the stairway. But the restoration is impossible without settling an ancient debt—the “breath of angel, blood of man,” a payment that involves Melaia’s heart, soul, and destiny
First off, I would say this book is a good start to what might be a great series. It has a bit of everything to offer; adventure and mystery, romance and betrayal, friendships and evil. Who doesn't love all of those?
The weak points in the book are the character development, you will grow very frustrated by Melaia's simpleness and bad choices. But you also cheer for her as she makes up her mind about her crush Tevin and the secrets she learns about her past during the course of the story.
If you are looking for a book with Christian themes, this is not it. Yes, there are angels and a Most High figure but that is where any resemblence ends. The Most High is very vaugely referenced and the angels feel more like wizards than spiritual beings.
All that aside, it was a good read that had interesting characters and a fast pace. If you like SciFi/fantasy, this is your book
*I recieved this book free from the Blogging For Books program through WaterBrook Multnomah*
Buy it on Amazon.com