Friday, February 10, 2012

Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley

Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley is a fantasy story set in Camrithia.  Trevin lives in Camrithia, described as a "land of shadows and mystical secrets.  He has been proclaimed as a comain, captain of the king's army.  He loves the King Laetham's daughter, Malaia, but must leave her behind in order to fulfill his quest of finding Melaia's harps and the  missing comains of the army.  Melaia must have all three of the harps in order to restore the stairway to heaven upon the lining up of the stars.   King Laetham wishes to marry his daughter to the Dregmoorian prince in order to restore peace to the kingdom even though he knows that the neighboring Dremoorian's ruler cannot be trusted.  Trevin is willing to risk his life for the quest and he must go through fire caves, rogue winds, and murderous plots against his life in order to try to complete his quest.
This is the second part of the Angelaeon Circle series.  It would have probably been easier to understand if I had read the first book but I quickly caught on to the story of intrigue.  It was a fast paced book of twists and turns as the reader follows Trevin into the unknown.  I would recommend this book to young people aged preteens and up.  Good book that should be read by lovers of fantasy of all ages.
This book was provided for this review by Waterbrook Press.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I am a Follower by Leaonard Sweet

I am a Follower by Leonard Sweet.  This book explains the Jesus followership dance of life.  He teaches us that the world's "be a leader" mantra  is not the plan of Jesus for our life.  Jesus wants us to walk beside him as we go through life and learn from him.  Much the same as we learn from our parents by watching and living with them.  Mr Sweet tells of how when Jesus walked the world he did not say follow me then lead a parade-rather when He said walk with me he said, walk along side me and while you life with me I'll teach you how to live a Holy life for God. 
This book set me on fire for learning to live the life that Jesus wants me to have.  This book posed the question, is what you are doing right now worthy of Jesus incarnation, death, and resurrection?  I found that I was woefully wanting of worthiness.  This book is filled with gentle reminders of what we are put here on earth to do.  This book encouraged me to not strive to be a leader of people but rather to be a Follower of Christ.
This book was provided for me from Booksneeze for this review and I am most grateful for this gift.