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Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley
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bookshelves: arc, defense-against-the-dark-arts, underrated
Recommended to Brandi by: Waterbrook Press
Recommended for: anyone
Read on June 27, 2012

4.5 Stars

It's never too late for second chances.

This is what you call stellar fantasy.

Trevin is soon to be a comain, or knight of Camrithia. Instead of bowing to the evil Dregmoorians as he once did, he vows to protect Camrithia against them. For once, all of his plans seem clear. He and his brother, Dwin, have a new purpose. And even though he hasn't yet found a way to be with his true love - the princess Melaia - forever, at least he can prove his worth to her and her father through his service.

That is, until the Dregmoorian prince Varic arrives, bestowing pleasantries on the King while secretly trying to win Camrithia as his own. His plan: to marry Princess Melaia. There's no way Trevin will let that happen.

But Varic isn't the only problem. The other Camrithian comains have mysteriously disappeared, and King Laetham expects Trevin to find them. And Melaia adds her own priority to his to-do list: to find two mythical harps and unite them with hers to reopen the stairway to heaven, which no one else has been able to do.

It's not exactly the type of quest Trevin has in mind, but he faces it head-on - and meets both friends and enemies along the way.

What I loved most about this book were Trevin's friends. He meets a lot of different people on the road - princes (not just bad ones), innkeepers, downtrodden knights, an Oracle, and even the occasional angel. Karyn brings each of their personalities to life.

The prince's bravado reminded Trevin of Dwin, but while Dwin hurled himself into action, Prince Resarian hurled himself into words.

Who could forget a bard who loves to tale stories or a young prince who can't wait to make his mark in the world?

But don't forget about the mythology behind the story. The angels, mythical harps, winged horses, and unfulfilled prophecies all reflect Karyn Henley's underlying message that no matter how crazy life can be, forgiveness can always be found in the eye of the sword.

Look no further if you want to read about honor, fear, destiny, and bravery. This is a story about eternal friendship and fighting for the right cause. I had very few problems with this book - actual, none at all - and I'd recommend it to anyone.

** I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah, as a part of their Blogging for Books program. **
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