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This is book 1 of the Angelaeon Circle series. Scroll down to the video clips for the teasers.

Melaia, young priestess, witnesses the murder of man outside the walls of her temple. He came to deliver a message, but before getting the chance to tell her, he is viciously attacked by a hawk. While Melaia managed to get a blow to the hawk’s head and send it off, the damage is done to the man, whose blood flows freely from his wounds.

Melaia and the young priestesses who live in the temple are healers. As they take the man inside to clean his wounds and try to heal him, they are stunned by his secret.

This is no ordinary man. This is an angel.

Thus, the tangled tale begins, as Melaia struggles to learn what is real; what is legend- and what is her role in restoring the Wisdom Tree. “Within this tree stood the stairway to heave made wholly of light.” 

Will the feud between the two immortal brothers destroy the stairway forever? Will she fulfill her destiny and restore the stairway, or will she fail, dooming the tethered angels to earth for another 200 years?

I usually appreciate the cast of characters at the beginning of a book. In this case, it made me wonder what I had gotten myself into. 🙂  I do think that while the legend the story is based on was given early on, the book could have benefited from a prologue at the very least. I felt like I was stepping midway into “something;” there easily could have been a series prequel to this book.

This was a slow start for me, probably since fantasy is not my most favorite genre. This was multifaceted and layered with angels (including the Nephi- 1/2 man, 1/2 angel; yes, I believe this to be a reference to the Nephilim- and no, for the purpose of this review, we are not going to delve into the books of Enoch or Jasher even though I am moderately compelled to go and read the book of Enoch with an eye to the spheres of the Angelaeon…..) and other beings like dwarfs, shapeshifters, and draks, which are hawks with feet that are the hands of the person the drak was formerly. Interesting, to say the least.

I was glad to have the character reference at the beginning of the book in addition to the map. I was happy I was reading a hard copy and not an e-copy because of this. It took me a while to get on board and sort through it all. Overall, it’s a really interesting premise and intriguing enough that I’ll be watching and waiting for the second book due out the spring of 2012.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If you enjoy the fantasy genre, this book is definitely for you. This is also considered young adult, and I wouldn’t have a problem with my older kids reading it.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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