Friday, April 4, 2014

Quick Review: Covenant by Sabrina Benulis


The haunting gothic tale started in Archon continues-a mesmerizing work of the paranormal in which a young woman discovers that she is caught in a labyrinth of intrigue where angels, demons, and all the creatures between Heaven and Hell will stop at nothing to possess her.


A year ago, Angela Mathers, a talented artist with a tortured soul, enrolled at the Westwood Academy and encountered the angels who haunted her dreams. Then she discovered the dark truth … she is the Archon, a being of supreme power who will determine the fate of the universe. But with such power comes great danger, and for every force seeking to aid Angela there is another burning to stop her. After a scheming demon kidnaps the Book of Raziel, Angela must find her way through a nightmarish game and enter the Door to Hell to rescue her only friend before it is too late.

The perilous fate of both Heaven and Hell rests on her success.

Book Description
Once through the dark door, there is no turning back. . . .

A year ago, Angela Mathers, a talented artist with a tortured soul, enrolled at the Westwood Academy and encountered the angels who haunted her dreams. Then she discovered the dark truth: she is the Archon, a being of supreme power who will determine the fate of the universe. But with such power comes great danger, and for every force seeking to aid Angela there is another burning to stop her. After a scheming demon kidnaps the Book of Raziel—personified by Angela's friend Sophia—Angela must find her way through a nightmarish game and enter the Door to Hell to rescue her only friend before it is too late.

The haunting gothic tale started in Archon continues with Covenant—a mesmerizing work of the paranormal in which a young woman discovers that she is caught in a labyrinth of intrigue where angels, demons, and all the creatures between Heaven and Hell will stop at nothing to possess her.

The perilous fate of both realms rests on her success.

Quick review
Covenant is a fresh take on the darkness and light of angels and demons, a creative lore that takes place in Luz, a bizarre, gothic island of the East Coast of America where red haired folks (blood heads) are tolerated because many believe the fate of the world rests solely in the hands of an unknown red head called the Archon. They obviously subscribe to the train of thought that keeping enemies closer is wise, since the primary objective is to figure out who is the mysterious Archon so they can destroy him/her before the legend comes true. Nobody is aware that the Archon is Angela Mathers, and that she is already at The Westwood Academy, hiding pretty much in plain sight. She has no intention of telling anyone her secret either. However, once her friend Sophia is kidnapped by a demon she is forced to put herself on the line once more and journey into Hell.

This is an interesting spin on a typically complicated subject because it is easy enough to start overthinking the angels and demons concept, wrapping it too tightly with theology, which is definitely not the case here. Covenant takes the usual mythology and completely flips it into something dark and gritty, giving readers a terrifying look into Hell and those that want to rise up to take over the world. The journey behind the door into Hell is particularly interesting because the descriptions are vivid and the action really ratchets up a notch. It would be helpful to read Archon first because at times, especially towards the beginning, events and goings-on were slightly confusing to figure out. However, it is not a necessity and Covenant can be enjoyed all the same. 

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About the author
Sabrina Benulis graduated with a masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She currently resides in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania with her husband and her spoiled cockatiel. COVENANT is the sequel to ARCHON, her debut novel.

Website and book info here.

Sabrina Benulis is also taking part in a Bewitching Book Tour so be sure to check that out for your chance to win a copy of Archon.









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