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Book Review of Archon: The Books of Raziel

Archon: The Books of Raziel
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Helpful Score: 2


It has been a very long time since I picked up a book and could not finish it. I actually think the last one was in college. This is an extremely confusing book. In the very beginning, it is unclear who people are. It's almost like people have been given nicknames, but they are so nondescript that it is impossible to figure out if you should care about them or not. I read through some of the other reviews and noticed that a lot of people complained about it being like a young adult novel. I believe they are incorrect. This is why:
1. Young adult novels have clear plot lines that are character or action driven to keep the audience moving through the story. If a novel does not move quickly, then young adults move on to something different. This is because there are so many other options available that it is not worth struggling through a novel. Archon: The Books of Raziel is character driven, but it takes too long to know who is important and who is not. There are too many characters introduced all at once and there is no relationship between the audience and the characters within the first three chapters or so. This is honestly what drove me away from the novel.
2. Young adult novels usually have a clear cut plot structure. Archon: The Books Of Raziel has not clear hint to where the book is going until about halfway through the novel. I had already stopped caring by the time I had a general idea of what was going to happen throughout the book. It is sad that even once I figured out where the book was going that I wasn't drawn in enough to finish it.
Regardless, I was drawn in by a beautiful cover and completely let down.