Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

Posted on April 14, 2010


Angelology is, to paraphrase a well respected journalist, “the book Dan Brown wishes he’d written,” and I would have to agree with that journalist completely.
Angelology is the story of Evangeline, a young nun in upstate New York who is thrust into the world of Angelology after meeting with a young art historian named Verlaine working for a prestigious family that turns out to be a family of Nephalim, direct descendents of angels. As the story unfolds Evangeline discovers long lost relatives, fascinating historical adventures and mysteries strategically placed through New York City.
I absolutely loved this book. Aside from the intrigue that takes place in the later parts of the book, the way the story unfolds is what made me love this book. The first third of the book sets the stage for the rest of the story. The reader is introduced to the study of Angelology, the main characters and how they related to one another and the bad guys.
The middle part of the book jumps back 60 years from the main story and tells the readers about Evangeline’s grandmother and her school rival Celestine. Then their adventure dealing with the Nephalim and the  journey to retrieve a one-of-a-kind instrument from the bowels of Hades itself.
The last part of the books joins all of the characters together as they race against the Nephalim to recover a long lost treasure that holds the fate of humanity in its hand.
This was a wonderful book, well worth the time I invested in it. I have always had a special place in my heart for stories involving angels and other beings like them. So when this book introduced angels into real life it was a fun twist and put a whole new spin on the way I looked at life, it made me wonder if there really could be Nephalim or other creatures on this earth, walking around, living their day to day life.
My favorite part of this book was definitely near the end when everything comes together. Much like The DaVinci Code and other books like it, Trussoni incorporates secrets into public landmarks that millions of people walk by everyday. I have always enjoyed this perspective in books and it is one I hope to see a lot more of in literature.
Overall, this was a great read, lots of fun and very enjoyable. It was a lighter story, nothing too intense was every discussed, so the progression wasn’t weighed down anything. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Thank you all for reading, and look forward to my next review, The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar.

Andrew Keyser

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