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Breath of Angel

(The Angelaeon Circle #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  322 ratings  ·  89 reviews
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
Paperback, 277 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by WaterBrook Press
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Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Family-friendly fantasy, Kriss Morton for her column
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine program
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Book Info: Genre: Fantasy/Christian Fiction
Reading Level: Young Adult (15 and up)
Recommended for: Fans of fantasy stories, YA readers, others who enjoy a good, clean fantasy
Trigger Warnings: Murder, violence

My Thoughts: In my original review, I mentioned that this would possibly be appropriate for readers as young as 12, but re-reading it, I'm thinking maybe slightly older. I was remembering the sorts of books I read at age 12, but I was reading at about the level of an 18-year-old when I was
Bluerose's  Heart
I'm a huge fan of clean young adult paranormal books! I just love them!! The "clean" part is what makes them hard to find. I'm very much impressed by Karyn Henley's writing. This is only the 2nd book I've read on the subject of angels, but I found it very unique and very much unpredictible. And clean! Even though Breath of Angel is labeled as Christian, it had no Christian elements to it, so it can be enjoyed by everyone. The angels in this story are just as unreal as werewolves and vampires.

Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I think the base idea of this book is a good one. There were parts I really liked and there were parts I really didn't. I felt like there were huge gaps where I didn't understand why something was happening. I felt like the relationship between Trevin and Melaia was weird, not realistic. I didn't feel any connection between them. There were so many characters that I didn't get a chance to feel connected to any of them, even though I wanted to.

I read a lot of books so I guess in comparison, this
Amy Eye
May 21, 2011 rated it liked it
The stairway to Heaven is not just a Led Zepplin song anymore. This baby is for real, and someone has closed it down, with no expectation as to when the DO NOT ENTER sign will be taken down. The souls are stuck on Earth with only one direction to go - down.

Melaia is a priestess trained in healing. She never thought witnessing a murder would turn her whole world upside down. Soon after this fateful murder, she is bought for the king of the land. These two evens may seem a far cry from one
May 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Also see the review on my blog.

Breath of Angel started off quick and smooth. Not even five pages passed before the murder occurred and not ten before angels were announced. It was very prompt and captured my interest right off the bat.

As I continued, however, I found myself slowly losing interest. Even with such an excellent hook, it couldn't keep my attention for very long. There was nothing wrong with the story itself -- on the contrary, I've always been a fan of both angel and shape-shifting
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers, YA
Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley was an interesting read. This young adult fantasy is about a young priestess, Melaia, who is thrown into a life of angels, malevolents, and shapeshifters. Previously fabled tales become reality, and she is thrust into the destiny she was born to follow.

I liked the story world of this book and was instantly caught up in the the opening scene. There were many characters and I got confused every now and then by the constant movement of the characters throughout the
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Breath Of Angel is the first book in the Angeleon Circle series. I enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to reading the other books that will be coming out in this series.

Once I got stated reading this book it was hard to put it down. I just wanted to keep reading further... There were a couple of area's in the book that I got a little lost on but for the most part I thought it was enjoyable.

* I have participated in an ARC Tour of Breath Of Angel for review threw Around The World ARC
Scott Asher
Apr 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Melaia, a young priestess, discovers a stranger in the temple courtyard who upon her approach is attacked and killed by an abominably large black feathered bird. When she takes the body into the temple she finds that the stranger isn’t human at all – he is an angel and his bloodied, but once white wings attest. This is when she recognizes that most of what she has been taught about the world wasn’t half of the truth. Angels exist!

Breath of Angel
by Karyn Henley
June 2011

Melaia is soon on
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I recently finished reading Karyn Henley's "The Angeleon Circle Book One: Breath of Angel" and I must admit that after having read only the first few chapters I wasn't so sure that I should have kept on reading (at first), however perseverance and an open mind can pay off if you give things a good chance, especially when it comes to this book.

"Breath of Angel" is the story of a young priestess named Melaia who seeks, and needs, to find her destiny in the midst of angels and others. Melaia's
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

Breath of Angel is a unique story with an enjoyable plot set in a fascinating time. It's a story I was really drawn to not just for it's mythology, but because of it's middle age feel to it and it's paranormal elements with Angels, magic, and Shape-shifters.

The story starts off with action as the main character, a young priestess named Melaia, witnesses the death of an Angel. From there her journey into discovering who he is, and who she really is shrouded in deception, lies and
Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Sixteen-year-old Melaia is a young priestess, being trained to someday take over as High Priestess of the temple where she has grown up. There are many stories about angels and immortals, but Melaia has always believed those stories to be nothing more than myths. She never believed angels and immortals really existed, until the day she witnesses a murder in the temple courtyard. The victim is an angel, and his murderer a man who can shift between his human form and the form of a hawk. Against ...more
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Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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The story is about a sixteen-year-old priestess named Melaia, who loves her life as the one day High Priestess of the temple. But one day she witnesses a murder in the temple courtyard and find that the victim is an angel, and his murderer is a man who can shift between the form of human and a hawk. Soon after Melaia is sucked into a war between angels, two immortal brothers one of whom is the murder of the angel and the man who stole immortality and destroyed the Wisdom Tree and the stairway to ...more
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA, adult
Recommended to Susan by: received copy from Blogging for Books
My Review:
Melaia is a 16 year old girl who is training to become High Priestess. Her life is simple and sheltered at the temple with the other young priestess in training. She is satisfied with her role, until the day a stranger arrives at the temple and she witnesses his murder by a hawk. Or so she thought . . . until the hawk turns into a man.

“Breath of Angel” is a coming of age type story mixed with the struggle between good and evil. Melaia is mixed up in the middle, even more than she can
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BREATH OF ANGEL was a neat story. While reading int he beginning I wasn't quite sure what I thought about the whole concept of Melaia being a priestess and the introduction of the angels but it ended up flowing together pretty well. I enjoyed the mixture of modern and old, It wasn't really one way or the other but ended up being its own time and it blended the world together well. Melaia grew up wanting to travel but didn't think it would
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book because I won the 3rd book in the series on the Goodreads First-Reads Giveaways and I usually prefer to read the whole series instead of just part of it. Wasn't sure what to expect and even considered just reading the third book and not buying the first two. I'm so glad that I did purchase the first two to read and so far the story is so much better than I could have ever hoped for. The author does an amazing job bringing the story to life and building up the characters as ...more
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

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

The story is only told from Melaia’s point
Book Him Danno
3 1/2 stars :) I was sucked into the pages of this book right away and I read it mostly in one evening, I had to go to sleep so I finished it the next day. The characters are a bit stiff at times, but then ever so often you get to glimpse inside and see their true natures. Angels, be them good or bad populate this book. Bad angels seems like a strange concept, but then again Satan was the Son of the Morning and he isn’t exactly sweet and cuddly.

The ending I didn’t really go for and so that is
Jun 04, 2011 added it
"Fantasy is not meant to answer questions, but to pose them. Fantasy is meant to show us what we’re dealing with and send us on a further journey when we close the book and turn to our real lives." from Karyn Henley's blog. She has succeeded. Breath of Angel is a book you can read if you just want a good story or if you want to delve deeper, there are questions to be answered. Melaia is a young priestess, like many young girls, is in the process of becoming a woman but yet still very much a ...more
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: tweens, young adults, adults who like fantasy and shape-shifters
Shelves: share
In the end this turned out to be a fairly entertaining book although it took me a couple of tries to get into it. You are immediately tossed into Melaia’s world where myth and fantasy are revealed as reality.

There are a lot of characters, perhaps too many, and a substantial amount of series information packed into a relatively small book, which occasionally left me wondering if I had missed something early on. By the end I felt I was getting a grasp on the world of The Angeleon Circle series and
Karina Harris
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Breath of Angel, book 1 of The Angeleon Circle, by Karyn Henley, was almost everything I hoped it would be! In this fantasy novel, Henley does a masterful job of creating her world, her characters, and her storyline. From the first pages, I was hooked.

Melaia, a young priestess discovers the legends she is charged with remembering through song are not simple myth. In fact, the ancient battle between good and evil continues its epic struggle in her land. She is drawn into the middle of the age old
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Angels, magic, and myths? Right up my alley! I liked this book. The plot is complicated enough to keep my interest, but not too much that I couldn't follow it. The book unfortunately has that slightly unpolished book newer authors typically have. Nothing horrible, but just the occasional awkward phrase.

More than anything, this book NEEDS a glossary. I think almost any book involving more than 5 main characters could use one, but especially if they all have names like Pym and Paullus and Peron.
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves fantasy.
Recommended to Theresa by: FIRST
A young adult fantasy with a medieval feel, "Breath of Angel", was a fantastic read! Henley constructed a story that contains everything that makes a fantasy work: priestesses, priests, nobility, hawk-people, angels, shape shifters, and spirits. She also developed a story that will please not only young adults, but everyone that loves a good fantasy.

Full of suspense that will keep you wanting to read more, and a cast of characters that are amazing, "Breath of Angel" was certainly one book I
Michelle Griep
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
After reading this book, I find myself squinting at people’s backs, wondering if they’re hiding a set of angel wings. This is an interesting read, raising all kinds of questions and stirring up lots of ‘what if’ types of thoughts.

What I noticed most about Henley’s writing is that she’s a winner at dialogue. I loved the conversations between characters. Sometimes snappy, other times witty, always delightful.

The character that most intrigued me was Trevin. Trustworthy or not? By the end of the
Lisa Brown
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

Breath of Angel was a great fantasy story and a strong setup for future stories in its world. Melaia, a young priestess, finds herself entangled in the secret struggle among angels, who have remained mostly hidden from the normal populace. She soon is carried off into adventure and ends up with more responsibility in the secret war than she had bargained for.

The mythology and backstory for the
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is the first in the Angeleon Circle. This was an incredible book. It was an extremely quick read that was very enjoyable.

I really liked the characters a lot. There were quite a number of characters though. At first, it was a little tough keeping track of who’s who. However, after a little while I picked up each one.

Karyn Henley really did a great job creating a setting. I really felt like I was right there with them. I could picture it all in great detail.

All-in-all, I can’t wait
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
BREATH OF ANGEL by Karyn Henley is an interesting inspirational young adult fantasy.It is Book One in the "Angeleon Circle" series.It is written with details and depth. It has myths,angels,magic,shape shifters,murder,destiny,ancient debt,harps,and world trees.A feud between two immortal brothers who has destroyed the stairway to heaven,causing angels to be stranded in the earthly realm."The breath of angel,blood of man",the payment that involves the heart,soul and destiny of Melaia.This is a ...more
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
First off, I thought that this book was really good! I was a little skeptical at first - I was expecting this to be another one of those vampires fantasy books that seem to be flying off the shelves these days. It's nothing like those! This isn't your typical fantasy book. I could not put it down once I got started. I kept wanting to read and read to see what happened next in Melaia's quest to restore The Wisdom Tree! The storyline and the characters were great. I enjoyed watching Melaia coming ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am not finished with this book yet and I can already tell you it is REALLY good. I got it for Easter with a book mark inside it with my name on it. I may be wrong, but their seems to be a little rommance in this book. It has a map of the places in the book and it really helps.
You people who try to find the bad in EVERY thing you read, try this book out and try to find the GOOD things instead of the bad. I, for one, get really ticked off people take a good book and make it seem horrible. It
Lenore Webb
Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Breath of Angel. This is some of the new fantasy that has been coming out lately. We have Angels and Shape-Shifters along side mortal man. I have to say I have a hard time following stories like this. Why? Well I have to get my head wrapped around a whole new dimension in each book. Each author rewrites what the 'rules' are. I mean we all knew vampires could not be in the sun, right? Then along comes Twilight and the rules have changed. If you stick with a series then you have time to adapt to ...more
Aug 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
A Quickie Review

Though I appreciate Christian fiction, this whole angels/Nephilim trend needs to stop. Not only is a a mere knock-off of the vampire and zombie stories that are popular worldwide, but these books about said otherworldly creatures are terrible. This one in particular is such a mess, I don't even know what to make of it. Shape the culture, people; don't imitate it!

Score: 1/5
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