Trussoni, Danielle

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
"Danielle Trussoni's bestselling first novel, Angelology, wove biblical lore, the Orpheus myth, and Milton's Rebel Angels into a present-day world tinged with the divine supernatural. The novel plunged two endearing loners--art historian V. A. Verlaine and Evangeline, a beautiful young nun--into an ancient battle between a secret society and mankind's most insidious enemies: angel-human hybrids known as the Nephilim. Now a decade has passed since Verlaine saw Evangeline alight from the Brooklyn Bridge, the sight of her wings a betrayal that haunts him still. The Nephilim are again on the rise, scheming to construct their own paradise--the Angelopolis-- and ruthlessly pursued by Verlaine in his new calling as an angel hunter. But when Evangeline materializes, Verlaine is besieged by doubts that will only grow as forces more powerful than even the Nephilim draw them from Paris to Saint Petersburg and deep into the provinces of Siberia and the Black Sea coast. A high-octane tale of abduction and liberation, treasure seeking and divine warfare, Angelopolis plumbs Russia's imperial past, modern genetics, and the archangel Gabriel's famous visitations to conceive a fresh tableau of history and myth that will, once again, enthrall readers the world over"--

Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2013.
ISBN: 0670025542
Characteristics: 302 pages ;,24 cm


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Dec 25, 2013

Not very well written. I enjoyed the first one, but this one seems to have been written with an eye on the big screen, with lots of chases and disasters, but not much character development. Don't think I'll bother with the third.

Dec 17, 2013
  • emerge rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In this second instalment, we get much more background on Evangeline & learn the identity of her father & why she was conceived. This book spends a lot of time on history, angel lore & genealogy so we fully understand the beginnings of the struggle between them & humans.
The plot is jam packed & provides alternate explanations for everything from what Noah & the flood, the real function of Faberge's eggs, the relationship between Rasputin & the Romanovs, biblical interpretations & the histories of ancient worlds.
Evangeline is at the centre of the story but her appearances are fleeting, with more time spent on Verlaine. Eno, the warrior angel has a larger role.
While the ending is almost apocalyptic in nature, action generally takes a back seat as the author uses this novel to further her world building & at times, it feels like we are being prepared for the final instalment. Let's hope it comes out a little sooner than this one did. With such a complex plot & large cast of characters, I found it difficult to remember many of the details from the first book by the time this one came out.

Nov 13, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this follow-up book to Angelology and I hope there's a third in the works. Admittedly, there were some confusing parts, especially in switching locations so frequently, but overall I think it was quite good and both the "historical" and historical aspects were also interesting.

Sep 03, 2013
  • MLKim rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I found this second book in the series okay at best. The story is interesting, but the dialogue is stilted and characters interchangeable. The action scenes are confusing and just not exciting, and the so called experienced angel hunters would behave incompetently - if you see you are being followed by the bad guys, well then don't be surprised when you are attacked! There are so many pages of explanation that it felt at times like reading a textbook. If you want to try a far more engaging series with angels read the Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Lani Taylor.


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