Breath of Angel

Breath of Angel
Karyn Henley

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 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.

     My thoughts on reading the back cover of this book: this sounds weird.
     My thoughts halfway through the book: this is really weird.
     My thoughts after finishing the book: okay, that was the strangest book I have ever read in my life.

     I’m still a little confused about this book, actually, and why it’s classified as Christian fiction. Despite some influences I could see from the Bible, there didn’t seem to be an allegory in this fantasy. Plus, the title “priestess” just has a negative connotation for me- after all, the only priestesses in the Bible were of the pagan variety. I’m not quite sure what the priestesses in Breath of Angel actually did, to tell the truth. They seemed kind of like some sort of healer or something. All the words I can think of to describe this book are weird and strange and odd. It was well-written, but I can’t say that this book was really…beneficial… in any way. From a Christian perspective it seemed too mystical and even a little creepy, and the only mention of God was references to “The Most High”, and quite honestly, there weren’t many. It seemed to mainly be about the angels, but not about the God they served. I’m not a fantasy expert, so maybe my problem is with the genre rather than the actual book. I mean, as I said before, it was well-written, and I liked the characters. But the plot was simply too odd and mystical for me to be comfortable with.

Rating: 5

I received this book for free from Waterbrook publishers in exchange for my honest review.


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