Title: Angelology: A Novel
Author: Danielle Trussoni
Release Date: March 9, 2010
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Thriller
Rating: 5 out of 5
Evangline’s mother was killed when she was just a girl, and when she was twelve years old, her father gave her to the sisters at St. Rose Convent. They were to protect her and keep her safe, and eventually, Evangeline took her vows.
Now, Sister Evangeline is twenty-three and the mysteries of her past are beginning to surface. A seemingly innocuous request from a man named Verlaine for access into St. Rose’s unparalleled library on angelic literature sets off a quest for an ancient artifact, brings to light the history of men and angels, and immerses Evangeline in the secrets of her past.
I was very excited when I received Danielle Trussoni’s Angelology for review. I hadn’t heard much about it, but I found the subject matter of angels to be incredibly intriguing and I couldn’t wait to pick it up. Now that I’ve finished the novel, I barely know what to say or how to describe the experience of reading it. Simply put, Angelology was one of the best books I’ve read in recent memory.
If I had to pick one novel to compare Angelology to, it would be Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian. Both have that sense of the supernatural, taking legends and turning them into works of literary genius. Angelology is beautifully written; it’s worth the time to savor Trussoni’s language, absorbing each meticulously crafted sentence as you journey through the novel. Indeed, the novel is one to be taken slowly. Rushing through it will ruin the experience.
Sister Evangeline is a very appealing heroine. She is young, yet wiser than her years. She is completely believable – she makes mistakes, yet never acts too impulsively. She is even-tempered and measured. I loved getting to know her and accompanying her on this journey.
The mythology behind Angelology is simply amazing. Trussoni has crafted an intricate and impeccably researched history for the reader in this book. She creates an entire world simply through her words. The details are vivid and her prose is descriptive, such that the reader can picture events in the novel clearly in their head. She is thorough, yet strikes a balance between not enough information and overwhelming the reader with details. It’s a beautiful construction, and one that I can’t praise highly enough.
I wish I could say more about Angelology, but the words just aren’t there. All I can say is that this is an incredible novel that I can’t recommend highly enough. I feel like I’ve been waiting for so long to read a book like this – I’ve picked up so many, only to have my hopes dashed. Angelology is everything I wanted it to be and more. All I can hope for now is that Trussoni will be putting out a sequel to this incredible book.