Title/Author: Angelology (Angelology #1) by Danielle Trussoni.My Thoughts: A while ago I read Darkeva's review of Angelology. I took it out of the library once, but returned it quickly. I couldn't get into it. However, I decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did because this is really quite an epic story. At the heart of the tale is a family who become involved in the study of Angels, Angelology.
Narrator: Susan Denaker.
Genre: Fantasy/Speculative Fiction.
Publisher: Penguin Audio.
Favorite Quote: Wait long enough and soon, the devils come ~Gabriella.
Synopsis: There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Genesis 6:5
Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.
For the secrets these letters guard are desperately coveted by the once-powerful Nephilim, who aim to perpetuate war, subvert the good in humanity, and dominate mankind. Generations of angelologists have devoted their lives to stopping them, and their shared mission, which Evangeline has long been destined to join, reaches from her bucolic abbey on the Hudson to the apex of insular wealth in New York, to the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria.
The characters are plentiful and at first I had a difficult time following who was who, but in no time, I settled into the story and got to know each player. The characters are not the most fascinating but their stories are and the plot is so rich that I didn't really notice and it doesn't seem to matter. They play their roles well as they pertain to the story.
The mythology and details of the plot are so intricate and clever that they practically ring true because they are so convincing and clever. They just make sense. I even saved my notes because they are just so interesting and open up a myriad of possibilities. I don't want to give a lot away but let's just say that there are explanations or theories as to why Angels are luminous creatures, why harps are important, the significance of the Great Flood and even the physiology of the creatures.
What I also loved is that much of the story took place basically in my backyard. The settings of the Hudson Valley and New York City are vivid and familiar. Towards the end the story kind of had a DaVinci Code feel to it utilizing famous structures as clues. I will never look at the exhibits in The Cloisters in quite the same way again.
There is some telling of the history of Angels and their factions and was conveyed as lectures. While telling usually bothers me, the subject was so fascinating that I felt as if I was a student along with some of the characters, taking courses on Angelology. I also kind of felt that this story was about research and finding the truth. The goal of the Angelologists is to uncover hidden truths, conspiracies and history. The methods of several characters is impressive.
My only complaint is the romance. There is not a lot of it in the book, but what there is between two main characters just comes about too quickly in this story. I can see that they could be attracted to one another, and maybe danger brings you closer, but it just seemed more like infatuation than love. But of course, I'm kind of a hardass when it comes to romances.
Narration: I enjoyed the narration by Susan Denaker. I felt the French accent of one of the characters wasn't quite convincing and it distracted me, but it wasn't a deal breaker at all. The voices of males and females alike are well done and her voice carries the story well.
To wrap it up: For everyone who has an interest in theology, the myths and stories of the bible, Greek mythology and even history, this novel will satisfy you. It is an epic and imaginative story.