Angelology (Angelology #1)
by Danielle Trussoni
Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.
For the secrets these letters guard are desperately coveted by the once-powerful Nephilim, who aim to perpetuate war, subvert the good in humanity, and dominate mankind. Generations of angelologists have devoted their lives to stopping them, and their shared mission, which Evangeline has long been destined to join, reaches from her bucolic abbey on the Hudson to the apex of insular wealth in New York, to the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria.
I noticed that there had been a number of references to the bible and mythology which gave the readers the feeling that they were reading the real deal deal instead of the usual paranormal-fiction stuffs we’ve been used to.
Sister Evangeline was at a convent where she was left by her father at the young age of 12. There, her life had always been sheltered and quiet, until one day, Verlaine, an art-history student requested for the convent’s archives, specifically about a letter sent by the legendary Abigail Rockefeller. From thereon, Evangeline’s life was unraveled tenfold.
I have been a big fan of books about angels so if there’s a chance that I get to know more than what I have studied in school, I’d grab it. With Angelology, I thought this became a study of angels and their protectors, I liked how I re-discovered the immortal battle between the Angels and Nephilims since time immemorial and how everything else was unearthed.
The story itself more than meets the eye. Surprisingly, I found myself drawn to some characters, even though they were flawed & messed up. Gabrielle was a force. Her lifestyle and aggressiveness was a complete contrast to Evangeline’s. Her mere presence in the book actually commanded attention and she never failed to raise my eyebrows. In my opinion, she was the one that made this novel much more exciting.
I thought this was a good first supernatural book by Ms. Danielle Trussoni. Angelology can be construed as a comprehensive study of angels as well as the Fallen Ones or Nephilims. But there are some parts that were kind of cringe-worthy, like the misspelled words and such. And yes, I was left hanging in the end, but I think that’s for the best, considering that this was such a long and detailed book. I might give the second book a try soon.