Trevin has recently been appointed comain, and now he has to find the other missing comains, two missing harps, and allies for Camrithia. He also has a Dregmoorian prince to worry about.
Although there’s quite a bit going on in such a short book, the author keeps a good pace. Things move quickly, but don’t seem rushed.
Comains are Henley’s name for knights, and the ones appointed before Trevin have disappeared, leaving their shields behind. The two harps are to be played with Melaia’s to restore the stairway to heaven. And Melaia? She’s the princess of Camrithia, who Trevin wants to marry. Except that her father pledged her to the prince of the Dregmoors to try to bring peace.
It’s really less confusing than it sounds, and well-written for juvenile fiction. But unless I’m missing something, there’s something wrong with the author’s theology. At least half of the characters are various types of angels, who have different colored auras that some characters (including Trevin) can sense. Four are Archae, who are the guardians of the four elements. Melaia and some of the others are half-angels. Because the stairway to heaven is broken, the angels cannot return to heaven.
Overall it’s a good book, but it has a few problems that will keep me from reading it again. I received this book from Waterbrook for free in exchange for an honest review.