Eye of The Sword brings us on an other-worldly adventure with one man, Trevin. Trevin has been promoted to serve the king and he loves the king’s daughter (who is half-angel), but a Dregmoorian prince with dubious motives tries to arrange a marriage with the princess. There is no love in the Dregmoorian’s heart for the princess. Trevin must find the harps and join them together to help the princess build the stairway to heaven so the angels can bring the dead home and return home themselves. In spite of a comment I read somewhere about the overabundance of novels exploring the half-angel, half-human race that once existed (Genesis?) and using the race in a fantasy novel, the book was excellent.
Different themes are explored in this book. One being the struggle to forgive oneself. The Eye of The Sword is actually a sword owned by a neighboring kingdom. When one looks into the shiny blade they see their true identity. Trevin sees his reflection in the sword as a stronger, wiser man and his conflict sparks as he struggles to resonate with that image. Trevin’s various trials help him believe that his past doesn’t matter; only his future. That thought is played over and over again as Trevin is encouraged by friend and stranger that if he continues to allow his past to dictate his future he will fail. The second theme that was explored was Trevin’s murky beginnings.
He doesn’t know where he came from and he keeps having the same reoccurring nightmare. It’s only later in the book that the truth of that nightmare and his missing finger is revealed. I loved how Henley linked all the characters in this book and brought the angels and half-angels to life as Trevin sought the other two harps while evil began to rip a part the land. I thought the clever use of a drug-like substance called gash (a mud-like substance that boils up from the underworld of hell) destroys not just crops, but people as the Dregmoors attempt to control the people of Trevin’s homeland by getting some addicted to gash. We later find out to make gash it requires the blood of children.
The only negative for me in this book was when I read these words: ‘”Tell me,” said Nevius, “where was the Most High when the Tree was destroyed? During the Angel Wars, where was our creator? Our father-mother left us abandoned. Orphaned.”’ I’m not sure if Nevius stated a fact when he described the god of this fictional world or a truth, but most Christian fantasy make God male. In this sentence, Nevius expresses doubt as fear of another war makes him and the other Archons nervous. I did not deduct a star for this because the work is a work of fiction. We can get away with most anything in fiction because the world is made up, and because I want to read book one and the book following two, I give this novel five stars for a riveting story.
*Book given by publisher to review. If you leave a comment by Monday, March 19, I will put your name in a drawing to have a copy mailed to you. The Book releases today!