Breath Of Angel

Friday, April 22, 2011

Hanamel was wrong on at least two accounts,” said Benasin. “For one, as you surmised, an angel can also be killed by an immortal.”… “You said Hanni was wrong on two accounts. What was the second?” Benasin glanced at the corridor. “That, for the moment, is better left unsaid.”

Book: Breath Of Angel by Karyn Henley, Waterbrook Publishers, 2011
Breath of Angel: A Novel 
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Girls 15-18
Subjects: Angels, Demons (sort of), Pride, Independence, Trust
Summary: Melaia has grown up knowing the stories, but she thought that was all they were – just stories. Stories of two brothers, a stairway, a tree, angels and an ongoing battle. Not only does she discover it’s all true, but she’s thrust right into the middle of it. She has been serving as priestess, specifically a chantress and a death prophet. Her world gets shaken up when an angel is killed right in their own courtyard. She learns that she is not who she once thought she was and that she is not only in the midst of a great battle, but that she somehow has an important role to play in that battle.
Notes: This book lacked the spiritual element. Yes it had angels, but not as servants of God, an ultimate being, but merely as supernatural beings “trapped” in this world. There is a God in Heaven but it doesn’t seem like He has anything to do with the story. It’s about creatures or beings that are supernatural, but not all-powerful or not under the control of an all-powerful God. It taught some good lessons such as trust – Melaia has a hard time trusting those who are on her side and she is impatient, not willing to wait for wisdom, making foolish hasty choices because she can’t let herself trust. But overall, it’s not a “Christian” book. It’s just a fantasy story that’s is a lot more moral than most non-Christian fantasy stories.
Recommendation Scale: 2/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Psalm 103:20Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.

Romans 8:38-39 - For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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