Angelology was one of my favourite reads in 2011 and when i discovered that it would be the first in a mythical series from American author, Danielle Trussoni, i almost fell over. I have been literally counting down the days until the sequel, Angelopolis, is released and now with less than a month to go, i thought it would be good to recap and see what awaits us.
In the first novel, we find ourselves switching through a number of viewpoints, but ultimately the story focuses on Sister Evangeline, a nun who after meeting a young man named Verlaine, starts to doubt her faith. After researching into her parents past, Evangeline and Verlaine soon discover that descendants from the Angel race walk among us, known as the Nephilim. And these cruel creatures have been fighting a age-old war against an organisation known only as The Angelologists. Hell-bent on recovering ancient artifacts, the Nephilim have been trying to gain enough power to finally take control of the planet and reduce the remaining human population into slaves.
This book contains brilliant exciting scenes and is split into sections. Most interestingly, the section which really stands out is where Danielle Trussoni travels back in time to the Second World War, where The Angelologists are attempting to travel across Nazi-occupied Europe to a secret cave which supposedly holds a captured Nephilim.
I’m not a religious man, but i find Christian mythology extremely fascinating and this book delivers on all fronts. It retells ancient myths of Noah, of the Angel Hierarchy and the rebel angels that were exiled from Heaven. It’s a sort of religious / historical / thriller novel that captures you from the very beginning The fantasy elements really spice up the more realistic parts.
Here is the blurb:
When Sister Evangeline of the St Rose Convent stumbles across a mysterious correspondence with Abigail Rockefeller in the archive, it reveals that angels once walked among us … and might still. This discovery plunges Evangeline into the hidden and dangerous world of the Angelologists – a secret society that battles to prevent the ascendancy of the Nephilim, the angels’ descendants on Earth.
Evangeline becomes the catalyst in a race to hunt down powerful and ancient artefacts that can be used to enslave humankind. And not only is the key to finding those artefacts within her grasp – but also a secret about her own past and its links to the Angelologists.
Possession of either could cost Evangeline her life . . .
Not only is there a film in the works *yay* interestingly, the book was actually fought over by the major publishing companies who each wanted to publish it. What a confidence booster that must have been.
There is a huge twist at the end of the book and i’m not going to spoil it for you here, but with less than a month to go, i urge you to go and get this. Especially if you love anything fantasy, mythical and perhaps even the genre Dan Brown made famous.
But what can we look forward to in the next book, Angelopolis?
Well apparently, we find both Verlaine and Sister Evangeline pitted against each other, with the origins of the nun’s past comes back to haunt them. I particularly loved this line from the synopsis:
ANGELOPOLIS encompasses Russia’s imperial past, modern genetics and ancient depictions of the Annunciation of Gabriel, in a high-octane tale of abduction, treasure seeking and divine warfare as the fate of humanity once again hangs in the balance.
I guess the Russian Fabergé egg on the front cover relates to this imperial past, but it’s an interesting cover to say the least. Mythology is one of my biggest loves and it’s so refreshing to see these fables take centre stage. With so many stories being published over recent years about The Templars and discovering an ancient treasure that will change the course of history, it’s nice to get stuck into something a little more juicy. I will of course be getting the Hardback edition, will you?
Have you read Angelology? Did you like it, or did you find it disappointing? Get in touch and let’s start a conversation.
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