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Archon by Sabrina Benulis
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Feb 06, 12

bookshelves: fantasy-science-fiction, young-adult
Read from September 26 to 27, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Both the cover and the description definitely enticed me, but unfortunately this book failed to deliver on that promise. The writing itself was not actually at fault, as what prose there was carefully written, with lush words and interesting word choices. Sadly, there was just not enough of this to pull this book through to be a success. The characters, including many supernatural beings including angels, demons and jinn, were not fully fleshed out to be remotely sympathetic, or even interesting or comprehensible.

This lack of exposition was the book's main downfall. I enjoy fantasy novels, both urban and otherwise, but every fantasy novel has to be grounded into reality by the author's imagination, creating a plane of existence that the characters inhabit and that readers can visit. Even if a book starts in the middle of some action, bits and pieces of exposition have to filter through so that the reader can find their footing. This book did not offer that grounding to the reader. The description on the back was more explanatory than the first hundred pages or so, and honestly, I thought that the book's prologue should have been replaced by the 21st chapter (starting on page 190 in my edition), as it was the most informative and eye-opening chapter in the book.

References to the Vatican, and soft-core porn made it impossible to sift out the setting, and the actual location of Luz. I think it was Earth, but there was just nothing concrete. Hell felt more real than the city itself.

By the end, and I am actually amazed that I finished it, I didn't care about a single character, and though I had many questions left over after finishing the last page, I don't care enough to bother continuing on. I won't be reading the sequel, that's for sure. It really is too bad, because I had been so excited when I read the description. Maybe you can find something worthwhile in it, though, but I certainly did not.
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