Book Review: Archon: The Books of Raziel by: Sabrina Benulis


HarperCollins Publishers 

Publish Date:
December 27, 2011

From Publisher for Review


Angela Mathers is plagued by visions of angels, supernatural creatures who haunt her thoughts by day and seduce her dreams by night. Newly released from a mental institution where she was locked away for two years, she hopes that her time at the Vatican’s university, the West Wood Academy, will give her a chance at a normal life. Unlike ordinary humans, Angela is a blood head — a freak, a monster, the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy of overwhelming death and destruction. Only in Luz, the Vatican’s wondrous enclave, are blood heads accepted and encouraged to discover what kind of powers or special abilities they might possess.

But within West Wood, a secret coven plots, and demons and angels roam the streets searching for the key to open Raziel’s book — a secret tome from a lost archangel. Some are determined to destroy Raziel, while others, like the beautiful Supernal Israfel, one of the highest of the high, wish to free him. And when the Archon — the human chosen to possess the spirit of a dead angel — rises as foretold, they will control the supernatural universe.

Torn between mortal love and angelic obsession, Angela holds the key to Heaven and Hell — and both will stop at nothing to possess her.

Review: Archon has a beautiful cover and great potential. Unfortunately I wasn’t as excited about the story once I started reading it.

Good points: the author builds the world of Archon slowly and as the story went along instead of the first half of the book being devoted to world building leaving little room for plot or action. There is a lot of action and the story flows. The mythos is highly unique and fascinating – a new view on angels, demons, and other types of ‘otherworldly’ beings. It’s definitely the type of new and creative thinking which I want to learn more about, however…

Not-so-good points: I didn’t feel any kind of connection to the characters at all. None of the characters were once I ended up caring about or even cheering on. They all seemed a bit 2-dimensional where they could have been so much more. Even though the story flows, it doesn’t seem to have a direction – a clear beginning, middle, and ending. The plot left me a little cold and confused.

All that being said, if Archon was just a little ‘more’, I would be interested in reading the next novel in this series.

The Books of Raziel Series: Archon (1)


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