Archon: The Books of Raziel

Archon: The Books of Raziel

by Sabrina Benulis

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ISBN-13: 9780062069450
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Series: The Books of Raziel , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 302,348
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Sabrina Benulis lives in the Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and a spoiled but sweet cockatiel. When she isn’t writing or cooking up another story to tell, she’s learning to be Supermom. She is the author of the Books of Raziel trilogy. 

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Archon 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
Archon: The Books of Raziel by Sabrina Bernulis was a bit of a challenge. Where the first few chapters were very confusing and I was so lost that I couldn't even remember what I read a few pages back. However, I did read on and finish the book, and I can say that at about 130+ pages the story started becoming very interesting. Sabrina Bernulis has a thought-provoking take on angels and it's a side which made myself more drawn to finishing the story. There were small tid-bits that were like 'Ah Ha!' moments that you should have seen coming, which I really liked. The way Luz was described in detail was well written and vivid that I imagined a dystopian demonic world or a medieval age revolving around Angels & Demon lore. What I didn't like is that early in the story there was a bunch of character dumps that I had difficulty catching up on whose who. And although it did get better as you read on there were still little hiccups that get me confused all over again. On a note on past reviews that have mentioned about Angela's constant attempts at suicide -- they were a bit exaggerated. It was mentioned from time to time, but it was because it leads to an important part in the story/climax. Final thoughts, It may not be for everyone but it is still worth reading if you're not easily driven away by literary hiccups.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read alot of the reviews on this before i purchased it and regardless of alot of the minor complaints,i read it and found it to be quite compelling. I didnt feally put it down til i finished and am combing the nook site for any news of a sequel in the works. To anyone who follows reviews closely,remember regardless of others opinions,if simething about the desription grabbed you from the start youll probably be happy with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book lacks the sophistication and refinement of an adult novel....it can't compete with Dan Brown's novels or Angelology by Danielle Trussoni....this book reads like a Young Adult novel...dealing with high school/college like behavior...i.e. sororities, who's dating who couples, teen witches with short skirts, and the typical angsty romance of the main character for her dream angels...it is quite an embarassment and has a Twilighty feel....young teen agers may like this book...but not adults...the world is very juvenile
clambakecat More than 1 year ago
Finally a trilogy that doesn't keep the plot dragging out with filler. She gets right to the good stuff and keeps it coming the whole way through. Interesting plot & not your typical read ..kinda dark but not over done. I like the author's spin on the angel/demon dynamic & the subject of love. The first book i couldn't figure out the end of from the first chapter. BUt dont be a lazy reader. You need to pay attention as they say the devil is in the details.
mountie9 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Good Stuff * Unusual and unique storyline * Poetic writing * Wonderful ability to set mood and landscape * Cover is awesome! * Scenes involving sexuality were done extremely tastefullyThe Not So Good Stuff * Religious in nature & has Angels and Demons -- soo not my type of story * Extremely violent and dark * Very little humour -- you guys know I need some * Seriously confused with who was who and what they were -- please remember I have no religious background so my confusion could be do to this (That and obviously she is far more intelligent than me) * Didn't care for or like anyone in the story - had nothing emotionally invested in anyone which made it a real challenge for me to finish * No sense of hope & really frickin depressingFavorite Quotes/Passages"Far from lovely and delicate, he was the picture of beautiful terror." "Kim was expendable in the long run, but there was no way she would let go of a toy without a fight."Who Should/Shouldn't Read * For the mature YA reader who has a real interest in Angels * Not for those who like a lighter read2.5 Dewey'sI received in exchange for an honest review -- sorry guys have to be honest
mt256 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Archon by Sabrina Benulis is one of those books that I have mixed feelings about. There are definitely a few pros and cons that make it hard to judge this book. Once again it's part of a series so maybe the next book will clarify things. One thing I really did like was the setting. The weather is bleak most of the time and the university is filled with old, rustic buildings that really add a gothic feel to this book. This really helps set the mood for the story. Angela Mathers is the main character in this book. She's what's known as a blood-head, which is basically some one with red hair. What's significant about this is that there was a prophesy that may or may not be really bad. So the Vatican brings the blood-heads to West Wood University to keep their eyes on them. Angela has a special gift. She dreams of angels and paints their pictures. Her dreams are almost like memories. Angela though is desperate to end her life. She's tried countless times to commit suicide only to fail over and over again. At one point in the story she asks a new acquaintance to kill her. This part of the story was a bit much. I knew going into this book that it would be dark but reading about Angela's repeated suicide attempts was a bit depressing. Another thing that was a bit confusing was there was no clear protagonist/antagonist. I watched a movie a few years ago where every character in that movie seemed corrupted. Even the 'good guys', I felt the same way about this book. Not that the good guys have to be knights in shinning armor but the angels and demons seemed to be on the same side, morally speaking. I didn't really didn't connect with any of the characters. There was nothing really likable about most of them. Although two of the characters in the end did have a redeeming moment for me and I felt sympathy for a character for the first time in the novel. The story line was okay. There were parts that I had to go back and re-read to try and clear up some confusion. However most of it was straightforward and easy to understand. This is a very dark, violent and detailed story. I like the intricate details the author put into Archon. This really helped me like the story more. As I said in the beginning, this might be a book you won't fully appreciate until you read the entire series.
LiteraryFeline on LibraryThing 8 months ago
When I first read Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop, I found myself on shaky ground. I'm an extremely visual reader, creating scenes and characters in my head as I read the words on a page. I picture everything. With the first book in the Black Jewel's Trilogy, however, I had trouble seeing the world the author had created in my mind's eye. I can't explain why, just that it's so. Perhaps it was the way the author jumped right into the story and took off running. It was the same for me with Archon by Sabrina Benulis. And yet both books captivated me, drawing me into their worlds. Even when I wasn't reading, I felt a little like I had one foot in the book and the other in reality. I love it when a book has that effect on me.Set in Luz, a city on the cusp of all that is holy and hell, the novel is about a damaged young woman who wants nothing more than to die. Only she can't. Every attempt she makes ends in failure. Haunted by visions of angels, Angela longs to join them. She is sure she will find answers at the Vatican's exclusive university in Luz.A prophecy foretelling the end of the world warns of the coming of the Ruin or Archon. The Archon is believed to be the reincarnation of the once powerful angel, Raziel. Angela is one of many who fit the description of this alleged Ruin with her red hair, pale skin and mystical powers. Considered freaks of society and ostracized, the blood heads are both feared and hated.Angela becomes the target of a particularly nasty sorority leader who will stop at nothing to prove that she, Stephanie, is the Archon. Soon Angela finds herself at the center of the struggle between Heaven and Hell--where good and evil are blurry at best and where the likely outcome is life or death.Despite my initial difficulty picturing Luz, I found Archon to be an intense and entertaining book. The characters were fascinating--flawed and mysterious, beautiful and yet ugly. The whole evil versus good came into play time and time again and was upended just as many times throughout the book. It was hard not to feel sympathy for even the darkest of characters. Angela, the main protagonist, is a strong young woman despite her insecurities. She shows courage and decisiveness when she most needs it. And yet clearly she is quite damaged, having been terribly abused as a child because of her blood head status.The angels in Archon are more like the ones in the television show Supernatural than they are from the show Touched by an Angel. The angels are prideful and self-centered, having their own agenda that doesn't always include the humans. It makes it all the more interesting. I confess I didn't see the allure of any of the angels really. Sure they were beautiful, but their personalities left a lot to be desired.Of all the characters, the one that I was most drawn to was Sophia. She is a mystery right from the start. Kim, too, was an especially interesting character. He and Angela seemed well suited for each other. I was never quite sure of Kim or Sophia--where their loyalties lied. Both are still a bit of a mystery and I hope to learn more about them in future books.It's hard to believe this is a debut novel. The author expertly weaves the characters and their stories together. There are several moments throughout the book that left me holding my breath, afraid of what was to come and yet dying to know what would happen. I picked up Archon to read on a whim and am so glad I did. It was an exciting read and I look forward to seeing what else Sabrina Benulis has to offer. I just hope she doesn't take too long!
TValeros on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Archon: The Books of Raziel by Sabrina Bernulis was a bit of a challenge. Where the first few chapters were very confusing and I was so lost that I couldn't even remember what I read a few pages back. However, I did read on and finish the book, and I can say that at about 130+ pages the story started becoming very interesting. Sabrina Bernulis has a thought-provoking take on angels and it's a side which made myself more drawn to finishing the story. There were small tid-bits that were like 'Ah Ha!' moments that you should have seen coming, which I really liked. The way Luz was described in detail was well written and vivid that I imagined a dystopian demonic world or a medieval age revolving around Angels & Demon lore. What I didn't like is that early in the story there was a bunch of character dumps that I had difficulty catching up on whose who. And although it did get better as you read on there were still little hiccups that get me confused all over again.On a note on past reviews that have mentioned about Angela's constant attempts at suicide -- they were a bit exaggerated. It was mentioned from time to time, but it was because it leads to an important part in the story/climax.Final thoughts, It may not be for everyone but it is still worth reading if you're not easily driven away by literary hiccups.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A wild mix of angels and demons, each player having their own agendas, and the mortal with the power to destroy it all. LOTS of details and subplots to follow making this more political than romance in its presentation.Opening Sentence: ¿That¿s an incredible painting.¿The Review:This book turned out to be a hard read for me. There is an obscene amount of back story details and lots of little sub agendas for each character, that the overall story can get lost in the translation. I had to read it twice through in order to really appreciate Archon. This book, though worth it, will take a leap of faith on the reader¿s part that things will begin to make some sense if you can just stick it out.Angela Mathers is apathetic to life. She has just been released from a mental institution and is about to start attending the Vatican¿s prestigious West Wood Academy in Luz. Accepted into the Academy not only because of her exceptional paintings of angels, but because she may be the One prophesized as the Archon; the Supernal Raziel reincarnated as a mortal and possible Ruin of the known world. For someone not even interested in living, this seems far-fetched. All she knows is that her dreams are haunted by two beautiful angels and she is unable to kill herself no matter how many times she tries. But her personal concerns become unimportant with so many different people, demons, and angels testing her and speculating on whether she is the one they all have been waiting a millennia for.This is where most people are going to start to lose interest. There are too many different characters with too many agendas. Some want to see the Archon come into power, some would rather kill the Archon before she comes into her power. Is Angela the one foretold or isn¿t she? Even at the end of the book, this fundamental question is still there. I have hopes that the series will start to make more sense as it progresses, because if the next book is like this one, I won¿t continue reading it.Although each character is strong, they are all basically flawed; which makes them far more relatable. Stephanie Walsh is the queen of the school; full of confidence and attitude. But she is still chained to her adopted mother¿s approval. Kim is the bad boy that Angela shouldn¿t get involved with; but he is fragile emotionally and longs for Angela¿s love. Even the Supernal Israfel, who is one of the top three elite angels, has vulnerabilities that make him seem more ¿human.¿ Each of the main characters has so much depth to them and too many secrets to do adequate justice to in this little book. It almost needs an additional 400 pages to fully explore each player¿s background and rationality.The world itself is intoxicating. The City of Luz and its inhabitants are a major draw for me. An academy sponsored by the Vatican that encourages exploration of supernatural abilities outside their own Lexicon. I love all the little details of the dilapidated classrooms and dorms; how the townsfolk deal with murders like they are commonplace. Even the torrential and seemingly increasing violent weather are all indicative to the overall tension of the book. It is these details that help balance out the endless barrage of plots and subterfuge by the characters, helping the reader gage the mounting tension that is rising toward the climax of the story.One of the few things that I did not like about this book was Angela. At first, she is only going through the motions of life. She has no desire for anything other than her death. By the end of the book, she is looking forward to what is coming next in her life. So, where was the turning point for her having such a dramatic change of heart? Was it her sacrifice of her dreams to call up a spirit of an angel? Was it sleeping with her lover for the first time? Was it meeting the angel of her dreams and realizing that he is really not all she made him out to be? I¿m not sure when it happens,
DonnerLibrary on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Although I read a lot of urban and paranormal fantasy, both YA and adult, the realm of angels was new territory for me. I'm not entirely sure if it is my lack of experience in this sub genre or just this particular book but I found Archon, the first book of The Books of Raziel series, to be completely confusing. I never felt like I understood the world that Angela and the other characters inhabited. I didn't understand the rules, the prophecy, and even what was actually taking place at times. While it seemed that Benulis often provided details about the physical setting, the best mental picture that I could get was that everything was gloomy and falling apart. I never connected to the characters either. I had trouble distinguishing the good guys from the bad guys even when characters were labeled angel or demon. It seemed that everyone was simply out to destroy the earth and rule over everything or merely wanted to indulge their own selfish desires. The true motivations behind the characters' actions were often hidden in the midst of the chaotic events and manipulation of others seemed to be the main goal. While Angela was the central character of the story I never felt that I understood her any better than any of the other characters. I simply didn't care what really happened to any of them. It is also difficult to say what actually happens in this book. While the action and killing seemed to be non-stop, I didn't really see the point in most of it. At the end it felt like very little had actually changed for the characters who survived. The ending definitely has the feel of the first book in the series, as there are so many unanswered questions, but I'm not going to struggle through another book in the series to try to actually understand what is going on. If I had not received this book through the Amazon Vine program, I would not have read all the way to the end.
Krystal18 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Angela Mathers has not had the easiest childhood; she has extreme reactions to vivid dreams and can see angels. For Angela, seeing is believing and she once again takes it to an extreme. She decides to try to kill herself, hoping that she would be able to live in a world with angels-she mistakenly believes angels are only around and with the dead or dying. In the beginning of the book, the author explains much of the necessary background a reader would need to fully grasp the concepts of this novel. The action starts about a quarter into the novel. The reader will get inside Angela's head and begin to befriend her. Angela may not be a perfect character, but that is part of her appeal. She has a bit of a "devil-may-care" attitude at times and can be very reserved. The reader will have to "work on" Angela to truly grasp her personality. The other characters are all intriguing. Each has a very different quality or characteristic from the rest. The idea that their alliances are not set in stone and the secondary characters are actually thinking, rather than just remaining set in their opinion, is really unique. Readers will not find that quality in many other books. The plot of this book is intricate. A reader will have to pay close attention; however, if a reader is committed to reading this book, there shouldn't be any confusion. The book was a suspenseful paranormal fantasy with a tinge of romance. Archon is recommended to young adult/adult readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read this book when it was first released and also having read it multiple times since I was shocked to see the one star reviews of this book. Not only to my own surprise i am sure since the author's website had plenty of posts of hungry fans waiting to devour more of Angela's story. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion I guess. I felt that the introductory book into Angela's story was gothically beautiful. The description used painted beautifully, dark, hopeful pictures in my mind with every page. I couldn't put it down the first time or any of the subsequent times either!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not care for this book. It jumps ahead to stuff that never gets explained, you kind of have to piece it together. I don't recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author has a talent for imagery and the story was good, but this book would have benefited greatly from a book editor. No typos that I caught, but there were some very confusing passages, unclear antecedents, and an odd smattering of contemporary references in what seemed to be a pseudo-Medieval setting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi *Beware of possible spoilers* In Sabrina Benulis’s debut novel, Archon, there has been a prophecy made that the destruction of the world as we know it will be brought on at the hands of a red-headed human. Therefore, no parent wants to have a red-headed child and when they do it usually leads to a childhood of abuse. The Vatican has created a school, West Wood, for these ‘blood heads’, as they’re called, in an isolated town called Luz. Angela has been obsessed with angels as long as she can remember as her dreams are full of the beautiful creatures; the same couple of angels appear in her dreams again and again. She recreates them in her paintings and has attempted suicide numerous times so that she can be with the bronze angel of her dreams. This has led to her being in a mental institution for the last couple of years. But now she has left the institute, and being a blood head, she is entering West Wood Academy, where her brother is a novice, or priest in training. Angela just wants to go to the academy to apologize to Brendan (her brother) for accidentally killing their parents when a suicide attempt got out of hand; burning their home to the ground with her parents inside. Then, she wants to continue her mission to die; unfortunately her angel keeps protecting her and keeping her alive. But Angela discovers the more she’s at the academy, the more she truly has to live for. I must start this review off by saying that I’m not a fan of most young adult novels. I feel that the genre suffers from more and more authors that write books geared to younger and younger people most of which seem to be geared towards teens or even tweens in some cases. So I was thrilled to see a young adult book that truly is geared to adults. There is sex in the book. It’s not a play by play like more adult driven genres have, but Benulis lets you know that it happened. And, there is mild swearing in the book as well. The author doesn’t try to censor herself for a younger audience, which I applaud her for. This is not a book for readers younger than adult. Unfortunately, the book being geared toward adults isn’t my only requirement for a good book and I did find this one lacking. I found this book to have a lot of interesting things going on, but it seemed to be too much all at once and made the book hard to follow. I was finding myself re-reading paragraphs once or twice trying to figure out what just happened. A little confusion in the beginning while the story is being lined out is acceptable. I received this book from the publisher, Harper Voyager, and I really enjoyed the paper they sent along with it outlining several of the main characters. It explained who they were, some of their familial relationships, their appearance, and a short profile about their character. I would love to see this included in the book along with the glossary that is already in the book. But even with that information, I still had trouble keeping up with this book and it just got worse as the book progressed and ended up leaving me pretty bored and a little lost in the process. Benulis gave us an interesting story with a completely different look at angels, then we’ve ever seen before. I felt it has potential, but ultimately falls short. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
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soulscater More than 1 year ago
So I discovered the reason you should never judge a book by it's cover. The only thing that could serve to recommend this book is it's brevity and even that is stretching it. While the plot was interesting and different than anything I've come across, which is why I read it, the writing and character development were abysmal. Part of my problem with the book was with the latin phrases that appeared throughout the book... though some of it I could figure out by the context, I cannot read latin and the phrases weren't translated. Why even include them without a translation?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quan-Kun More than 1 year ago
I am still a novice in regards to writing reviews, but Archon was a tantalizingly brilliant read! The detail was surreal, the characters truly defined. Sabrina Benulis truly captured the emotions of the characters, my only regret being that it eventually had to end. This may be her first book, but I certainly look forward to her next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First the positive: the setting of this book--a blend of the supernatural with an original variation on Christian mythology (albeit one that plays very fast and loose with its source material; that's not a complaint, just an observation) is extremely original and very interesting. I had an easy time imagining Luz--although I kept trying to figure out where exactly off the coast of the Americas it was--and the descriptions of the setting and the world-building were among the strongest aspects of this debut. On the negative side, there's a lot of technical problems with the writing of this book. A few examples: you get characters reacting to information they already know--and you know they know, because you saw them receive it a few pages ago--as if they don't know it and it is utterly shocking. This rather leaves one going 'wait, why didn't you freak out about this earlier when it would have made sense for you to freak out about this?' That's not the kind of question I want dancing through my head when I'm trying to get into a character's perspective. There are also characters who you are told--repeatedly--have certain goals that they don't appear to do much to further (and even appear to actively work against). You've got point-of-view characters who are hiding information from the reader--that's a big pet peeve of mine. If you are going to give me someone's point of view, I don't enjoy having that character play "I KNOW SOMETHING I AM DELIBERATELY NOT GOING TO FULLY THINK ABOUT SO YOU DON'T KNOW IT!" with me. This is all the more confusing given the sheer number of point-of-view characters in this book. It seems like half of them could easily have been omitted and the storyline would have gotten much more readable, because pacing is so fast--the entire action takes place over the course of what appears to be about two weeks--that the story is hard to follow. I had a hard time getting past that. I shouldn't have to fight with the writing all the way through a novel. I hope the sequel improves on a writing-craft level, and if it does I may consider picking it up, but if not I think I'll probably pass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story but I found the character development to be somewhat confusing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago