Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Eye of the Sword
So far Eye of the Sword is going great! So far it appears that Eye of the Sword could be read independently from Breath of Angel. The tidbits from Breath of Angel are clarified so the reader isn't missing any of the big pieces of the puzzle. If the suspense and action stays heightened throughout the book Eye of the Sword will probably get 5 stars.
There are a couple concerns I have: First, it appears that each book is going to be about the journey of finding each of the hidden/missing harps. So far on this journey it appears the characters are only searching for the harp Melaia believes is in Dregmoor, as if they have to be found in a specific order. I say that because when the Prince of Eldarra mentions the Queen watching the stars and claiming to be able to see Avellan, another name for heaven, Trevin doesn't ask about them having or knowing about a harp. If it was me, I would have asked because the riddle in Dreia's book mentions that "one touches skies." It will bother me if the characters put on blinders to hints on finding the harp solely to find one they already think they know where it is. The other concern is the reader isn't completely certain how much time has passed between Breath of Angel and Eye of the Sword. The events from Breath of Angel are referred to as "last fall" or the "previous fall." We were told in the first book that Melaia has less than 2 years to find all of the harps and restore the tree. A better idea of how much time is left would heighten the suspense for readers reading the entire series from the beginning.