The Books of Raziel, Book 1
2011 / ISBN: 0062069403
Paranormal / Young Adult
by Carmen Ferreiro
On the island
of Luz, off the eastern coast of the United States, the Vatican
runs a university for gifted students. The process of admittance
is highly selective, unless you are a blood head with paranormal
powers. In which case you are in, no questions asked.
The reason for this is that there is a prophecy that predicts a
blood head will be The Archon, the incarnation of Raziel, one of
the three fallen angels. The Archon will have the power to remove
Lucifel (Raziel·s sister) from her throne in Hell, and this
could mean the ruin of Earth as humans know it. So the Vatican calls
the Archon ·the Ruin· and wants to be sure they can
control it before it·s too late.
is not the only one searching for the Archon, Angela, our blood
headed and very paranormally gifted (she can see angels) 17 year
old protagonist soon finds out. Angels, Jinns, demons and witches
are watching too, ready to use the one that would become the Archon.
But how to
tell who this Archon is?
Raziel left a book that can only be read by the said Archon. Anybody
else will lose her mind while trying. The problem: nobody knows
where the book is.
Yet the Archon·s coming must be near, for the signs are many
and Angela·s life and those of her friends are in danger.
But what can Angela do to save them? Is she the Archon? And if she
is, will she be the Ruin as the Vatican fears or something else
another take in the Angel vs. Demon vs. Human story so popular these
days, is not a book for the faint of heart. There is violence, there
is gory a plenty, and characters of dubious behavior I found difficult
to relate to.
The world and
characters Ms. Benulis has created are both repulsive and fascinating,
and the constant change of point of view, sometimes in the same
paragraph, makes for difficult reading. Yet, despite all this, I
found myself drawn into the story and, after I finished it, wishing
for the next book in the series to be out already.