Book Review: Angelology – Danielle Trussoni

Title: Angelology: A Novel
Author: Danielle Trussoni
ISBN: 9780670021475
Pages: 464
Release Date: March 9, 2010
Publisher: Viking
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Thriller
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

Comments

  1. Holy cow! I don’t think I’ve read a review from you that has been so glowing! I loved The Historian, and it also sounds like this might be similar to some of Anne Rice’s non-vampire books as well, which I used to read. I don’t know how I will be able to NOT read this now!

  2. Holy cow! I don’t think I’ve read a review from you that has been so glowing! I loved The Historian, and it also sounds like this might be similar to some of Anne Rice’s non-vampire books as well, which I used to read. I don’t know how I will be able to NOT read this now!

  3. I’m glad this book had such an impact on you. Isn’t it lovely when you find a book that speaks to you so strongly? I’ll be picking this one up soon. It sounds quite intriguing.

  4. I’m glad this book had such an impact on you. Isn’t it lovely when you find a book that speaks to you so strongly? I’ll be picking this one up soon. It sounds quite intriguing.

  5. I’m so glad you loved this book! I can’t wait to read it.

  6. I’m so glad you loved this book! I can’t wait to read it.

  7. I am really pleased to see that you loved this book. I accepted a copy for review yesterday and am really looking forward to it now. I hope I enjoy it as much as you did.

  8. I am really pleased to see that you loved this book. I accepted a copy for review yesterday and am really looking forward to it now. I hope I enjoy it as much as you did.

  9. I haven’t read anything that blew me away for a few weeks so maybe I should pick this one up!

  10. I haven’t read anything that blew me away for a few weeks so maybe I should pick this one up!

  11. So looking forward to this one, especially after your high praises; great review! Thanks

  12. So looking forward to this one, especially after your high praises; great review! Thanks

  13. Wow! This book hasn’t seemed very appealing to me, but you’ve changed my mind. I feel like I have to read it now!

  14. Wow! This book hasn’t seemed very appealing to me, but you’ve changed my mind. I feel like I have to read it now!

  15. I think I’ll have to give this one a try. It sounds really intriguing and I’m interested in angel mythology…great review!

  16. I think I’ll have to give this one a try. It sounds really intriguing and I’m interested in angel mythology…great review!

  17. I am not sure about this one. I love the idea of the mythology behind angels, but once you compared it to The Historian, I became a little hesitant. Oh, what to do, what to do?

  18. I am not sure about this one. I love the idea of the mythology behind angels, but once you compared it to The Historian, I became a little hesitant. Oh, what to do, what to do?

  19. I have it on my shelf to read over this next week when my in laws are here. I really can’t wait now! I know Angelology was a brother study to Theology back in the day and I know the author uses a lot of their ‘findings’ in the book.

  20. I have it on my shelf to read over this next week when my in laws are here. I really can’t wait now! I know Angelology was a brother study to Theology back in the day and I know the author uses a lot of their ‘findings’ in the book.

  21. fab review! just finishing Angelology up and you hit the nail on the head. everyone should read it! It is such better that The Historian, I think. Loved her memoir, Falling Through the Earth, as well.

  22. fab review! just finishing Angelology up and you hit the nail on the head. everyone should read it! It is such better that The Historian, I think. Loved her memoir, Falling Through the Earth, as well.

  23. Dang it! I wish I had time to read it this weekend, this is a great review, Swapna!

  24. Dang it! I wish I had time to read it this weekend, this is a great review, Swapna!

  25. I’ve been anxious for this book ever since you were raving on Twitter, but now that you’ve compared it to The Historian I might have to actually go out and buy it!

  26. I’ve been anxious for this book ever since you were raving on Twitter, but now that you’ve compared it to The Historian I might have to actually go out and buy it!

  27. I had been hesitant to get excited about this book, since after my disappointment over the religion-based THE LOST SYMBOL, I needed a break from the genre. BUT after your review I am dying to read this book and am determined to get to it this weekend! The website is incredibly too – http://www.angelologist.com/

  28. I had been hesitant to get excited about this book, since after my disappointment over the religion-based THE LOST SYMBOL, I needed a break from the genre. BUT after your review I am dying to read this book and am determined to get to it this weekend! The website is incredibly too – http://www.angelologist.com/

  29. The more reviews I read, the more sure I am that I HAVE to get this one.

  30. The more reviews I read, the more sure I am that I HAVE to get this one.

  31. Your review makes this book sound so amazing but I hated The Historian, so I’m torn! Maybe I’ll read the first few pages and see if it grabs me.

    Thanks for the review.

  32. Your review makes this book sound so amazing but I hated The Historian, so I’m torn! Maybe I’ll read the first few pages and see if it grabs me.

    Thanks for the review.

  33. I’ve been wondering about this book. Ads for it have been all over one the newsletters I get. Glad to hear it’s worth adding to the list.

  34. I’ve been wondering about this book. Ads for it have been all over one the newsletters I get. Glad to hear it’s worth adding to the list.

  35. This book was nowhere near my radar, but it’s on my To Read list now. Great review – thank you!

  36. This book was nowhere near my radar, but it’s on my To Read list now. Great review – thank you!

  37. I’m with Kathy/Bermudonion … the premise novel didn’t grab me, but your review has me adding it to my wish list. Wow – what an endorsement!

  38. I’m with Kathy/Bermudonion … the premise novel didn’t grab me, but your review has me adding it to my wish list. Wow – what an endorsement!

  39. Oh wow! I didn’t know much about this book, but now all I want is to read it! Thanks for such a great review!

  40. Oh wow! I didn’t know much about this book, but now all I want is to read it! Thanks for such a great review!

  41. I sooo want to read this!

  42. I sooo want to read this!

  43. Wow, a 5/5 rating?? This book sounds fantastic! The comparison to The Historian is what sold me on this one.

  44. Wow, a 5/5 rating?? This book sounds fantastic! The comparison to The Historian is what sold me on this one.

  45. I’m glad to see you liked this one so much. I have it in my tbr pile. Isn’t that cover just fantasticc as well!

  46. I’m glad to see you liked this one so much. I have it in my tbr pile. Isn’t that cover just fantasticc as well!

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