22.3.10

Book Review: Angelology by Danielle Trussoni


The lovely Katy at Penguin sent me a copy of Angelology by Danielle Trussoni as she thought I would enjoy it. Katy was right, this book is brilliant, it has taken me three days to read and I have very much struggled to put it down. I am going to cheat and give you the blurb as I don't want to miss anything out:
1943: The preserved corpse of an Angel is discovered in The Devil's Throat Gorge in the Bulgarian mountains. Only a select few are party to this discovery, including a young nun who is later taken in a state of distress to a convent in upstate New York and never speaks about it again. Until now.
The present: When Sister Evangeline finds mysterious correspondence between Mother Innocenta of the Saint Rose Convent and legendary philanthropist Abigail Rockerfeller, it confirms that Angels once walked among us, and their descendants, the cruel Nephilim still do.
Indeed the Nephilim are hunting for artefacts concealed by Abigail Rockerfeller during the Second World War- objects that will ultimately allow them to enslave mankind- and have so far been prevented from reaching their apocalyptic goal by one clandestine organisation: The Angelology Society.
And of the Angelologists are to stand any chance of winning this new battle in the ages-old war, they must find the artefacts first. But their fate rests in the hands of innocent Sister Evangeline, who holds the key to unlocking Abigail Rockerfeller's hiding places... and whose own destiny may yet find her prey to the terrifying Nephilim army, with horrifying consequences for humanity.
Angelology moves with electrifying sweep from the icy mountains of Bulgaria to Nazi-occupied Paris, to twentieth century New York, as the greatest conspiracy of them all is brought to light.

As you can see there is a lot going on in this book! The plot grabs you on the very first page and twists and turns to the very end. 2010 is the year of the Angels apparently as 2009 was the year of the Vampires with Twilight leading the way. I found the mythology of Angels that Danielle Trussoni weaves throughout the story completely fascinating and entirely believable. The author's theological research carries the book and I found myself wanting to know more and more.
The characters in the book are quite complex as they each have many secrets to hide. I loved the descriptions of the Nephilim who are both beautiful and utterly terrifying at the same time.
Angelology is a fast paced thriller that keeps you guessing to the very last page. Foreign rights have already been bought in 31 major territories and Sony are already in discussion about a feature film. I think that Angelology will be the book that many people are talking about in 2010 and I think that it more than deserves it.

Angelology will be available in April, to find out a little more than click here for the author's website.

12 comments:

Melody said...

I've heard a lot of raves about this book so it's definitely on my radar! :)

Dot said...

Melody- I think that you would really enjoy it. I loved all of the mythology, it was so interesting.

Jackie (Farm Lane Books) said...

I think this could be the book of the year! I've got a copy and hope to read it soon. I hope that I enjoy it as much as everyone else is.

Dot said...

Jackie- I thought it was great, haven't read such a good thriller for ages. Look forward to hearing your thoughts on it!

savidgereads said...

I have to say this does sound really, really good. I think this could have signs of being a massive book this year. Oooh I want to try it lol!

Dot said...

Simon- I think it is going to be a very popular book this year! I love a thriller that has a lot of substance behind it and this one is so intersting.

verity said...

What an intriguing title!

Dot said...

Verity- It is isn't it! The cover is stunning too, the picture doesn't do it justice.

Kim said...

I'm almost done with reading this and I have enjoyed every moment - I even resorted to getting up at really silly early hours and reading late just so I could continue with the suspense!
Definitely one of the most exciting books I have read for a long time, not least of all because of all the historical research that went into it.
Great review, Dot.

Dot said...

Kim- Thank you! Pleased that you're enjoying it as much as I did! I didn't want to put it down, one of the best I have read this year.

Christie said...

Yet another one to add to my list!

Dot said...

Christie- Hope that you enjoy it!

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