March 23, 2014

Review: Archon

The Books of Raziel, Book 1
Sabrina Benulis

Released: 05 Jan, 2012 (AUS)

HarperVoyager, Trade, 385p.
ISBN: 978-0-06-212817-1 (international edition)

Between Heaven & Hell, a battle for 
supremecy is about to begin...

For years, Angela Mathers has been plagued by visions of a supernatural being - an angel with beguiling eyes and magnificent wings sho haunts her thoughts and seduces her dreams.  Newly freed from a mental institution where she has been locked away for two years, Angela hopes that being accepted at the Vatican's exclusive university, the Westwood Academy, will bring her peace and a semblance of normality.

But Angela isn't normal.  With her stain of dark red hair and alabaster skil, she is a blood head - a freak, a monster, and the possible fulfillmentof a terrifying prophecy.  Blessed with strange, mystical powers, blood heads hold a special place in Luz, the remote island city that is home to the Academy.  Among them, one special blood head is more powerful than all: the Archon, the human reincarnation of the dead angel Raziel.  And when the Archon arises as foretold, it will control the supernatural universe.

I came across this book by accident yesterday when I happened to pass a discount store and they were having a 3 for $10 sale.  Now, I can't resist a book for a decent price, so I scoured through the tables of junk and found three possible gems.  Archon was my last discovery, but the cover was so beautiful that I just couldn't pass it up.  So with nothing on television last night,  I cracked open Archon, and from the first page, I was hooked.  Archon follows the struggle of Angela, the newest student at Westwood, who starts off as a more reserved girl, and the resident bitch queen Stephanie Walsh - head of the Pentacle Society - who lusts for power over the everyone at the University.