Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Jinn in Covenant by Sabrina Benulis

The Jinn

            Many people are aware of angels and demons. But how many recognize a Jinn?
            In my novel Covenant and its prequel Archon, one of my favorite characters, Troy, is a Jinn. In the fictional universe I've created, she is a female of her race named after the illustrious Jinn city decimated by angels and demons long ago. Her kind are descendants of angelic offspring deemed imperfect and thrown down to Hell to fend for themselves. Gradually, they evolved into dwellers of darkness with predatory tendencies.
Like most other Jinn, Troy has chalk-pale skin, sharp teeth and nails, large sickle-shaped black wings, phosphorescent eyes, and elfin ears. But unlike many of her kind, she longs for a different life for her people. One without the savagery and starvation that have tragically ended up defining her race.
            In our real world, Jinn are beings of Islamic belief. They are not angels or demons, but something else entirely, and are said to inhabit a dimension only one step away from ours. They are known to be fickle and dangerous to deal with.
Some Jinn are very much like our image of demons, and are truly evil. Others are good and enjoy helping people and communicating with them. Over the past few decades more and more people throughout the world have claimed to see 'shadow people'--ghost-like beings that look like living pitch-black shadows with glowing red eyes. These shadow people are said to be intensely interested in human lives and activities, but are rather shy and don't like being noticed or seen. Once again, some are claimed to be harmless, while others give off auras of terrifying evil. More than a few individuals in the paranormal field have brought up the strange parallels to these 'shadow people' and the Islamic Jinn.
Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. But every author has to get inspired somewhere.
Have you ever encountered a shadow person? A Jinn?
If you have, I hope that I don't have psychic author powers I'm unaware of. I certainly wouldn't wish Troy in one of her fickle moods on anybody. Troy isn't evil, but she can darned well scare the living daylights out of you. For a taste of what she's like when you tick her off, check out Chapter Zero of Covenant, where she has a close encounter with a half-human cousin who's unluckily earned her distaste.
And remember: apparently, just like Troy, real-life Jinn and shadow people don't like light.
It never hurts to keep that flashlight handy.

The Books of Raziel
Book 2
Sabrina Benulis

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Date of Publication: 4/1/2014

ISBN: 9780062069412

Number of pages: 400
Word Count: 98,000

Book Description:

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.

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 Mike, and her spoiled cockatiel Caesar. COVENANT is the follow-up to ARCHON, her first novel.

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1 comment:

Sabrina Benulis said...

Thanks for hosting me today.:-)