Breath of Angel

Breath of Angel

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"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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 251 pages
  • 106.68 x 208.28 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • Waterbrook Press (A Division of Random House Inc)
  • Colorado Springs, United States
  • English
  • maps
  • 0307730123
  • 9780307730121
  • 920,468

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Praise for "Breath of Angel" "Karyn Henley spins a lyrical young-adult tale of mythical and legendary beings, of reimagined angels and terrifying malevolents, in a small kingdom where the world's fate rests on a young priestess's shoulders." --Kathy Tyers, author of "Shivering World" and the Firebird series "Karyn Henley's novel starts with a jolt, grabs the reader by the collar, and doesn't slow down one minute. This author infuses her text with imagery, suspense, and a cast that will appeal to all ages. In addition, it has a feeling that I can only describe as "folklorish," with all the best elements that come with that--music, magic, and mystery. I think it's destined to become a classic." --Kathi Appelt, author of "The Underneath," National Book Award finalist, Newbery Honor Book, PEN USA Award "This lusciously written fantasy has it all: epic battles, earthbound angels, immortal humans, and a bright, engaging heroine. Henley's young priestessturned-warrishow more

About Karyn Henley

Award-winning author Karyn Henley has written over one hundred titles. An accomplished songwriter, Karyn has been a Dove Award nominee and received a regional Emmy Award as music composer for a television special. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, a jazz drummer.show more

Rating details

298 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 29% (87)
4 33% (97)
3 21% (64)
2 8% (25)
1 8% (25)

Our customer reviews

Breath of Angel is a riveting world of magic, music, motivation and mayhem. Karyn Henley writes to dazzle her readers. Let it be said, I am dazzled. Melaia is a High Priestess in training until she begins to unravel her origins and ultimately has a greater goal to accomplish. The saying, "Watch what you wish for" comes to mind. Melaia dreams of travels far and wide and soon enough she is given just that chance but with little freedom to go as she pleases. Breath of Angel has quite a bit going on. As Melaia's journey unfolds she meets the most memorable characters who make a big difference in her life. There is a certain man who sets her on edge for two different reasons and it sure is fun to read. The place and time setting is that of horse drawn carriages that adds to the other worldly fantasy feel. It's all too easy to get lost within. Any reader who fancies young adult titles will be pleased with this first book in the Angeleon Circle series. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.show more
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