Book Review: Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Author: Danielle Trussoni
Reviewer: Eunice Graham, Founder Wishes and Angels Ltd
Plot: When Sister Evangeline (abandoned in convent as a child) finds secretive letters between Mother Innocenta of the Saint Rose Convent and legendary philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller, they tell of Angels who walked among us. Even more amazing/shocking – the Nephilim, whose descendants still walk among us!
The Nephilim are searching for artifacts hidden by Abigail Rockefeller during the Second World War – objects that will ultimately allow them to enslave mankind. So far they have been prevented from reaching their apocalyptic goal by the clandestine organisation, The Angelology Society.
If the Angelologists are to stand any chance of winning this new battle in this age old war, they must find the artifacts first. But their fate rests in the hands of innocent Sister Evangeline, who holds the key to unlocking Abigail Rockefeller’s hiding places … and whose own destiny may yet find her prey to the terrifying Nephilim army, with horrifying consequences for humanity.
Review: Angelology has been described as a mix between The Da Vinci Code and Twilight. While I enjoyed Angelology I don’t think Dan Brown or Stephenie Meyer should be quaking in their boots just yet.
Evangeline uncovers the mystery and possible conspiracy via the art historian and possible romantic element, Verlaine. This involves a secret that will change her world forever. The story is based around angel-human hybrids called Nephilim who are more scary than cute, so be warned!
I read this book because I have an interest in Angels, the folklore, the fact and the history behind them. I rate this book quite highly personally for no other reason than I read it in a few weeks, from cover to cover, something I don’t generally do with fiction but I did with this. It works as a thriller as it definitely has that ‘need to know what happens next’ element. It’s also full of information which you can, if you have an interest in Angelology in general, investigate further for authenticity or otherwise. Many of the references provided are from the Bible and can be viewed in various records. The tale of Orpheus also mixes with the Biblical tale of fallen angels to good effect but obviously that’s something you can make up your own mind about.
There are constant twists and turns but to her credit Trussoni manages to not have me laughing as I did with The Da Vinci Code. Every page in The Da Vinci Code seemed to have a new Blue Peter style clue to follow up, so much so you almost expected the toilet bowl to glow with bacteria induced ancient script (bet Dan Brown uses that in his next book)! This is not the case with Angelology. There are many clues and ancient texts but they are woven into the story in a way that does not have you sighing or in my case laughing and this makes for a good plot and all round story. That much is based on Biblical reference or Vatican records lends some level of authenticity to it which you need if you are not to treat it as a farce. There is enough in this to have you just wondering at the end of it and pulling out Gran’s old Bible to just check a few things.
Where the book falls down for me and where Stephenie Meyer excelled, was in the relationships. The book has plenty of them and, given the nature of the story, they should be filled with passion and fear but there’s none of this, at least I didn’t see it. Trussoni tries to add a romantic element with Evangeline and Verlaine as the main characters but fails. The sheer wonder and awfulness of what they uncover should have them throwing themselves into their accomplices arms or perhaps off a bridge but there definitely shouldn’t be indifference. Unlike the characters in Twilight, I felt no deep desire for them to be together. Trussoni does manage to make you dislike the Nephilim intensely. Any notions of lovable angelic beings are quickly dispelled and you know whose side you are on. No wolves versus vampires here. You are firmly on the side of our heroine.
Trussoni has said herself that she sees a parting of ways between science and religion where once Isaac Newton had explored both the divine and the natural world in unison, as many scientists today do also. The view that a Nephilim hierarchy are partly responsible for this separation is pondered in this novel. War, plague, famine, financial crisis…is it really just the human world to blame or is there more to it? I will leave you to decide. Trust me, you will be checking your back for wing marks by the end of it!
The sequel, called Angelopolis, is now available as well.