Angelology by Danielle Trussoni, Finished reading on 30 October 2012
“When sister Evangeline finds mysterious correspondence between Mother Innocenta of the Saint Rose Convent and legedary philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller, it confirms that angels walked among us – and their descendance, the cruel Nephilim, still do.
Indeed the Nephilim are hunting for artefacts concelaed by Abigail Rockefeller during the Second world war – onjects that will ultimately allow them to enslave mankind – and they have so far been prevented from reaching their apocalyptic goal by one, clandestine organization: The angelology Society.
And if the angelologists are to stand any chance of winning this new battle in he age old war, they must find the artefacts first. But their fate rests in the hands of innocent sister Evangeline who holds the key to unlocking Abigail Rockefeller’s hiding place and whose own destiny may yet find her prey to the terrifying Nephilim army with horrifying consequences for humanity.”
Too lengthy man….
That’s the simplest review I would write for this book. I loved it in some places. There were some brilliant scenes which I read with bated breath. But overall it turns out to be a drag.
May be spoilers ahead
I found the story unique and interesting. It swings between present and past. Normally dual timeline often confuses me. But here, it was surprisingly interesting. In fact the sphere 2 – past of Sister Celestia – was more interesting than the part 1. The old charm, the old beliefs and the old insecurities are good enough to keep you love the nun till the end.
I loved Evangeline. As usual, just like any other protagonist, she also had to make a choice from her heart at the end. But the last chapter, where she decides to keep her identity as an angel and embraces the wings of freedom with poised withdrawal, makes her stand apart.
Liked Gabrielle – elegant and awesomely etched character.
Despite a nice story and strong characters, what was wrong with the book? Its length. Its too narrative. There are places where author goes over the top to narrate a scene. Redundant narration slows down the pace of the book. And there are so many scenes which could have avoided.
Example – Scenes between Gregori and his servant Anakim – I did not get what was the need of those. To represent the emotional dependency and isolation of villain?But then, what was the end of that thread? Its a loop opened, ending no where. It was just added to state a point which was established many times before. Could have edited out.
Random thoughts of a slaphappy mind:-
Note:- This may not be related to the book at all. Few passing thoughts which I am tagging with the review.
Oddly this book reminded me of a movie which I have seen years before – a love story of a celestial singer and a earthly woman. At the end, both of them are cursed to lead a life of pain and separation because they have fallen in love violating the rules of the skies. Here, the untoward happens when Sons of god and Daughters of men fall in love. The whole idea of forbidden love is interesting.