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.
Let me start off by saying that I do not usually read YA fiction and I did not realize this book was a YA novel when I requested it.
With that said, the world building in this book was very well done. It took me a while to to get into it but once I did, I was glad to see the story through. This is a fast paced and easy to read fantasy. Meaning that you won’t need to use a glossary to figure out/remember what everything is. The story was unique and well written. It was not for me, but I will pass it along to my thirteen year old niece. I am sure she will love it.
Format: Advance Readers Copy
File Size: 469 KB
Print Length: 272 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (June 21, 2011)
Sold by: Random House Digital, Inc.
Age Recommendation: YA & up