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31. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni...

March 11, 2010
FTC Disclosure: My copy of Angelology was provided by Viking/Penguin for this review. I am an IndieBound and Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

About the book:
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them.
Genesis 6:5

Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.

For the secrets these letters guard are desperately coveted by the once-powerful Nephilim, who aim to perpetuate war, subvert the good in humanity, and dominate mankind. Generations of angelologists have devoted their lives to stopping them, and their shared mission, which Evangeline has long been destined to join, reaches from her bucolic abbey on the Hudson to the apex of insular wealth in New York, to the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria.

Rich in history, full of mesmerizing characters, and wondrously conceived, Angelology blends biblical lore, the myth of Orpheus and the Miltonic visions of Paradise Lost into a riveting tale of ordinary people engaged in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.

drey's thoughts:
It took me a while to get through the 452-page tome that is Angelology, which is why this review is posting a week later than I'd originally intended. And those of you who know how fast I normally read are probably wondering what's wrong with the book... *grin* Well, rest assured that my tardiness in completing the story is not reflective of the book. Rather, blame it on real life...

Danielle Trussoni's debut novel is a very richly detailed story of a young woman who is drawn out of the quiet and secluded life she leads by a series of events that lead her down a path that she could never have imagined. Liberally peppered with biblical references (this is a book about angels, after all--albeit a different kind of angel most of us envision), Angelology will sweep you along as you unfold the layers that make up this satisfying story.

I did think that there were some parts that could have been condensed, and some that could have been explored a little more, but overall I really enjoyed Angelology. I actually like it much more than Dan Brown's Angels and Demons. Pick it up at your local bookstore, online, or give your luck a try by entering my giveaway (look on the sidebar!).

drey's rating: 4/5 Excellent

Title: Angelology
Author: Danielle Trussoni
ISBN-13: 9780670021475
Hardcover: 452 pages
Publisher: Viking, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon

Challenges: 100+, Pub


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I am so anxious to read this one. Your terrific review makes me all the more anxious.

bermudaonion said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one, and I think it's going to be popular, but I don't think it's the book for me.

drey said...

Diane ~ Let me know what you think once you've read it!

Kathy ~ It was fun to read, with a bit of fantasy mixed in with lots of mystery.

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