Angela Mathers sits on the throne of Hell, unable to remember what her true purpose was – to open the book of Raziel and save everyone on Earth, in Heaven, and Hell. She still has ever-loyal Kim and her BFF Sophia by her side to try to help her recall these essential memories. Demons and angels alike plead with her to open the book and save them. Lucifel is ruling Heaven… and Hell… is well, a living hell. Whatever is a human turned Archon to do? That is the conundrum of Angelus: The Books of Raziel, the final book in the trilogy by Sabrina Benulis.
With the few people who are still truly loyal to her, Angela does manage to escape Hell and get to Luz, but she still keeps trying to avoid the catch in the whole thing. The catch (of course) is that in order to save everyone, she must kill one of the people she holds most dear. The story takes you from the depths of hell to the heights of heaven and beyond, as she fights through danger at every step.
The descriptions of the endless suffering of almost every character, the dazzling beauty of Malakhim, and the despairing darkness of Hell are well woven. The action is constant and compelling. Some might find the parts where time does not exist, or move as time should, as confusing as the characters do, but it is not a barrier to enjoyment. Angela is a good heroine. There are times though, that you want her to be less passive, and more in charge of her destiny.
That being said, this trilogy does have a completely satisfying end. Benulis gives her readers the end they have been waiting for. And yet it’s still full of surprises. I don’t advise reading this unless you’ve read the other books. While it is still a good story, you need Archon and Covenant to truly enjoy.
Book synopsis from the publisher:
The heart-pounding conclusion to the Books of Raziel trilogy, a gothic supernatural tale about a girl who discovers she holds the keys to both Heaven and Hell””and that angels, demons, and all the creatures in between will stop at nothing to possess her and control that power.
Like sand in an hourglass, time is slipping away . . .
The war started by three powerful angel siblings””Raziel, Lucifel, and Israfel””has divided the kingdoms of both Heaven and Hell for ages. Now, that destruction is spilling over into the human world, and only the Archon can stop it.
She is Angela Mathers, a human who sits on the Devil’s vacant throne, seemingly fulfilling a prophecy of ruin. As the Archon, Angela alone can oppose Lucifel and open Raziel’s Book to use its power for good. But to do so would mean murdering her best friend, Sophia, and that’s a sacrifice Angela refuses to contemplate.
But ruin does not always mean destruction””sometimes it means revolution. Echoes of the past have resurrected the Angelus, the Song of Creation, and its notes are somehow linked to the Book. Now Angela must discover the truth behind the song and her own origins, but time is running out. There are dark forces who believe Angela’s success will not end tragedy but continue it, and they’re determined to stop the Archon’s destiny once and for all.