Book Review: Angelopolis – Danielle Trussoni

Title: Angelopolis
Author: Danielle Trussoni
ISBN: 9780670025541
Pages: 320
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Publisher: Viking
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

It’s been ten years since the events of Angelology, ten years since Verlaine has seen the woman he’s in love with, Evangeline. But when Evangeline reappears at the same time as a vicious angel on the streets of Paris, Verlaine wonders if she is being hunted. When the angel captures Evangeline, Verlaine must use all his resources to find out why angels are hunting Evangeline and what can be done to get her back.

Review:

Angelopolis is the sequel to the thrilling, thought-provoking novel about angels and angel hunters, Angelology. In Angelology, readers were introduced to the world of angels—they exist among us, and while they are beautiful creatures to behold, their intentions aren’t good for humanity. Trussoni weaved a complex mythology in her first book, and she builds upon that in this book. The world building in this series is simply stunning; readers who love complicated, intricate backstories will absolutely love this series.

One of the major appeals of Angelology was the beautiful writing style; Angelopolis does have less of that, but that’s because the book’s focus is on action. While much of the previous book took place in a library, doing research among musty tomes, this novel is squarely set in the midst of action. From one locale to another, Verlaine and his colleagues must race against time to discover what is happening and why. The answers are both intriguing and satisfying, which means you won’t be able to put this book down.

Despite the fact that both Evangeline and Verlaine were fully realized characters by the end of Angelology, they still develop further in Angelopolis. A lot has happened to them in the last decade, and it’s changed both of them. As a result, it’s best to read these books in order. While story-wise, you can pick up Angelopolis as a standalone and follow what’s going on tolerably well, to appreciate the richness of the storyline and characters, you must have the background of the first book. Plus it’s an absolutely gripping read, so you’d really miss out if you skipped it.

With her Angelology series, Danielle Trussoni has created a unique, exciting world that readers will find fascinating. It’s incredibly well written and plotted; while it doesn’t quite have the smoothness of the first book, it’s still an incredible ride from beginning to end. It’s also wonderful how Trussoni works existing history into her books; it’s always fascinating to see events you’ve heard about all your life interpreted in this new way. If you’re a fan of intricately crafted books with rich mythologies behind them, you won’t regret picking up this series.

Other books by Danielle Trussoni:

Angelology

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