Review: Archon: The Books of Raziel
Archon: The Books of Raziel by Sabrina Benulis
Publisher: William Morrow
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.
The year 2012 is turning into a year of reading outside of my comfort zone. I do enjoy reading fantasy and paranormal books, but it’s been so hard to find a good one in that genre that I typically steer clear of it. When I was offered Archon by Sabrina Benulis, I was captivated by the cover as well as the synopsis and decided to give it a go.
I actually finished reading this book a few weeks ago, but I’ve had a hard time trying to review it and put my thoughts and feelings into words. Even as I sit here to review it, I’m having trouble describing how I felt about this book. I guess the easiest way to put my feelings about this would be to say I’m indifferent about it, which sometimes I think is worse than hating a book. In general, the book just didn’t draw a strong emotion out of me. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I thought it was just okay.
I thought the idea behind the book was really interesting, but the execution could have used some work. What I did like about the book was that there wasn’t any information dumping. The story unfolded slowly and we were told what we needed to know without going into excessive detail. It kept the book suspenseful and made me want to keep reading to find out what was going on. On the downside though, I was really confused about what was happening for much of the book. Even after the book ended I was still scratching my head a bit over what happened. There are a lot of religious references and as someone who is not quite knowledgeable in that area, I was definitely lost. I know it’s the first book in the series so perhaps the answers to my questions will be revealed in the following books.
Also this was one of those books where I felt like a lot happened and yet nothing happened at the same time. I’m not exactly sure how to explain it, but I just felt like the plot wasn’t really moving along even though things were taking place. I’m probably not making any sense right now, but I think that’s the best that I can do. Also, I wasn’t too fond of any of the characters in the book. The characterization could definitely of been improved in my opinion and there wasn’t one character that I really grew attached to.
Overall, I’m a little indifferent towards Archon by Sabrina Benulis. I think I’ll pick up the next book just to see where the story goes if I have time for it. Life is too short to read books that aren’t enjoyable.