"Archon" is the debut novel of Sabrina Benulis. (Harper Voyager/HarperCollins Publisher, 385 pages)
The story centers on the artistic Angela, a psychologically imbalanced woman obsessed with angels.
Angels haunt her dreams and are the subject matter of her paintings. To free herself from this torment, Angela makes numerous attempts at suicide which are unsuccessful and convince her that she is under angelic protection.
In this vivid fantasy novel, the Vatican anxiously awaits the Archon, said by the ancient prophecy to the be the human reincarnation of the dead angel Raziel, who will depose Lucifel and plunge the cosmos to its ruins.
This is philosophical pulp fiction. The angels, a motley choir of misanthropes, exist to exploit humans. Lucifer is actually, Lucifel, a misunderstood female.
But the most annoying flaw in her fantasy tale is that the reader must plow almost two hundred pages before he has the slightest idea of what in Hell is going on - literally - as the author does not explain her confused metaphysics until the twenty-first chapter.
Despite these detractions, fantasy readers may enjoy, "Archon."