Angelology by Danielle Trussoni Reviewed by Marion Deeds

452 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Viking Adult

Evangeline is the last of a line of angelologists, a group of humans who secretly battle the angel-human hybrids called Nephalim.  Evangeline was sequestered in an isolated convent when she was eleven, and has forgotten much of her heritage, but an art researcher named Verlaine reminds her when he requests a change to review the convent’s archives, which contains mysterious letters from Abigail Rockefeller.  Meanwhile, Verlaine’s employer, Percival Grigori, a Nephalim who is dying of a strange wasting disease, seeks a celestial artifact that he believes will cure him.  The story alternates between 1999 New York state and Europe of the 1940s.

Trussoni is an award-winning non-fiction writer and her prose and descriptions are beautiful.  Her degree in history serves her particularly well during the 1940s sections of the book.  Ultimately, her grasp of plot and pacing are shaky, and the book is much too repetitive; largely because she front-loads a lot of information to prepare the reader for the other books in the series.  Her sections about the Watchers, who are not Nephalim but actual fallen angels, are beautifully described and only make the Mafia-like Nephalim more mundane by comparison. I appreciate the fine prose but this does not make me want to read the second book.

Date Reviewed: 12th Dec 2010

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