Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley

At sixteen, Melaia is living a happy life, though she has no family except for the other priestesses living in the temple. Then suddenly her world is turned upside down. She is thrown into a world of angels and magic and must try to learn who is an ally and who is an enemy before it’s too late. Throw in a little teen love angst (not enough to take over the book) and you have a decent story.

Breath of Angel: A Novel (The Angelaeon Circle)

There are only a few negatives to this book, and they’re minor.

The story is only told from Melaia’s point of view, so we’re kept in the dark about the other character’s motives and feelings. This is pretty typical, and I’m reading several paranormal series right now and they all use the first person narration, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’m just impatient and want to know what’s going on elsewhere.

There are almost too many characters introduced in this first book. I have to wonder if the author was trying to get everyone in at the beginning or if there will be even more people and creatures coming as the series progresses. I’ll keep reading the series, because I did enjoy it, but even right after finishing the book, I couldn’t tell you who half the characters were or which group they belonged to.

I did enjoy the plot, though, and the dialogue and story flowed smoothly. This book has a lot of twists that will keep you guessing until the end. I’m looking forward to the second book.

You can read an excerpt of the book here.

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions are my own.