When I first heard of Angelology, I was throughly intrigued. I twas something that interested me for a while and oddly, how it came up at a time when I had been working Nephilim into a second book of my own. So, definitely, I needed to check this book out.
I went to the Angelology web site and beleive me, if you have not gone there as yet, you'll want to. This is a pretty cool website. You'll see a desk with various things up on it, music in the background, and you move your cursor over the various things on the desk you'll see a read out, and you can click on them and it takes you to whatever it might be. J.K. Rowlings has a webe site just like this. I think it's very cool. You'll be able to read a teaser portion of a chapter there and all sorts of good stuff on Angelology. You know that there were such a group of people. There may still be. After reading this book I want to say there might be such a group and even Nephilim out there. Who's to say there isn't?
Angelology weaves several stories from different characters, and from different times. There is even a narrative that Trussoni wrote about a monk's journey into the Devil's Throat that was engrossing. But mainly we go from modern times to back to the 1940's and delve into the four main characters, Celestine, Verlain, Evageline, and Gabriella. We learn eventually how it all comes together in the modern era. You are pulled along with each individual's story, the need to know why one character acted in such a way, and another another way, and what the truth is behind it all.
Danielle Trussoni has done her job as a writer to keep you turning the pages and suspending our belief systems as she blends historical fact with fiction. The story revolves around several letters written between Abigail Rockefeller and the late mother supeorior of Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adorration, giving Sister Evangeline a peice of the puzzle, and Verlain's piece of the puzzle, which, when put together leaves intricate clues as to the whereabouts of something that was dismantled and that the Nephilim want desperately and will stop at nothing--even murder and descruction of institutions--to get it.
She blends bibilcal lore, the fall of the Rebel Angels, and the Book of Enock along with the myth of Orpheus in such a way it is seamless and beleivable.
This is well worth the read. You have the basic story of good vs. evil. YOu have fallen angels, and you have their off spring, the Nephilim--who are quite evil and might surprise you how imbedded they are in society.
For me this book is as well told, and very historically accurate (and her research was the key to making this story feel so real), as The Historian by Elizabeth Kostava, which is one of my all-time favorites. It had the same texture and feel to it for this reader. I read The Historian for the pure pleasure of the writing and the story. Angelology will be revisited as well, and has become one of my top-notch novels.
I'm calling this one Top Shelf.