Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley~ CSFF Blog Tour and Review

Eye of the Sword: A Novel (The Angeleon Circle, #2)

My Review: This is a hard review for me to write, because there were so many things that I loved about this book yet there were other elements that bothered me greatly. But hopefully my review is helpful :)

Trevin is a Comain (Captain) in the service of King Laetham of Camrithia. Trevin also happens to be in love with the King's daughter, Melaia. To prove himself he takes on two difficult quests, one to find the lost Comains of Camrithia, and the other to find the two remaining harps of a mystical threesome. Will Trevin be able to succeed against the many odds?

While I haven't read the first book and was unfamiliar with what was going on, I found myself rapidly caught up in the story.
Ms. Henley did an outstanding job of creating engaging characters and the lush world in which they dwelled. I thought the plot was engaging and fast moving, making the book difficult to put down.

Now comes the tough part. While I thought that this book was well written and engaging, there were elements that I had trouble with, and dangerous ground was tread upon with the use of angels. This is my personal opinion, but I feel that it is dangerous to portray angels as walking the earth and intermarrying with humans. Also I had an especially hard time with the book's constant messages or reminders, if you will, to "Trust yourself" or to look inward to find your true identity. Those things made me take a step back.

So overall while this book was well written, with great characters--I really thought that Trevin was an excellent main character because he was noble, yet was flawed and knew it--and a well paced plot, there were things that I struggled with. I guess that for me, I would not classify this book as Christian. So as you can see I have rather mixed feelings about this book. But what really struck me about this book was how I could never see what was up ahead, definitely unpredictable! So in closing I would say that this book should be read with a healthy dose of discretion.

I received this book from the publisher through CSFF in return for an honest review. Thank you!

You can buy the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Eye-Sword-Novel-Angelaeon-Circle/dp/030773014X/

And don't forget to check out all the other great stops on this tour!

Julie Bihn
Thomas Fletcher Booher
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Jackie Castle
Brenda Castro
Jeff Chapman
Theresa Dunlap
Cynthia Dyer
Victor Gentile
Ryan Heart
Janeen Ippolito
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Emileigh Latham
Rebekah Loper
Shannon McDermott
Karen McSpadden
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Anna Mittower
Mirriam Neal
Faye Oygard
Nathan Reimer
Chawna Schroeder
Kathleen Smith
Donna Swanson
Jessica Thomas
Steve Trower
Shane Werlinger
Phyllis Wheeler


  1. I, too reviewed this book with the same program. It was a good read, but I had some issues with it, too. I didn't seem like a "Christian" book, as the publishing company implies. You can read my review on my blog if you want.

  2. Thank you! I shared your concerns as well...it's gratifying to know I'm not alone.

  3. Padme Arya Eowyn Istalri Skywalker, It's so hard to write a review when there are issues with a book. I will definitely be checking out your review :)

    Julie, Yes! It is great to know when you are not alone in having issues with a book!

  4. I have to say I would likely have the same concerns as you (and I am thinking and praying about joining the Waterbrook blogger program). The biblical references to celestial beings internarrying with humans are not positive ones after all.

    1. Indeed, it was really tough to review this book. If you would like to read more about those scriptures you referenced I recently read a book about the topic that was really eye openning called Alien Intrusion by Gary Bates, it is a Christian book, and you might enjoy it.
      Thanks for stopping by!


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