I opened the box carefully, reverently even. The last thing I wanted to do was damage the contents and though chances were slight, I closely monitored how deep the incision was, insuring that nothing inside would be harmed in any way. First one flap, then another, continuing on until all four were flipped out so as to facilitate the removal of the treasure within. A bit of packing paper and bubble wrap is all that separated me from the coveted prize inside its current containment. Lifting the multiple items from their home, I slowly removed one after another from the stack, setting them down carefully on the table beside me. After taking out four of them, I spotted it. It was next to last in the bundle, just waiting for me to take it up lovingly. I touched the cover, maybe to remind myself that this was no dream but in fact the time had come for it to be part of my life, to be a part of the world. Six books arrived that day from my editors, but only one was Boundless by R.A. Salvatore. And regardless of how my day was going, it had been redeemed, for Drizzt had come home again.
It wasn’t too very long ago that I reviewed a novel by Peter Newman entitled The Vagrant (you can find that review here). The main character was elusive and dangerous, but also mute throughout the story. It was a challenging read that pushed the boundaries of regular science fiction and fantasy books. The author’s newest offering, The Malice, is considerably different from its predecessor. As a matter of fact, it was actually more difficult for me to read this more traditionally written story based on my expectations. And I admit it was those expectations that caused me the most trouble with this book.
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.