Angelology is the first book in the Angelology series by Danielle Trussoni.
Evangeline has spent the majority of her life behind the walls of a convent, living a life of contemplation and prayer. Her mother died in Paris when she was small, and only a few years later, she was given into the care of the sisters at St Rose Convent in New York by her father. When she is old enough, she decides to become a nun at the same convent. But, a chance meeting with a visiting historian has lasting consequences and turns her life completely upside down.
Secrets abound, and Evangeline and her family are caught up in them. And as the truth unravels, Evangeline finally uncovers who her parents were and what they did…
It’s funny how the past is so often judged sacred while the modern world is held in suspicion.
So, this is going to be a mixed review. Let’s look at what I didn’t like to begin with.
First off, I feel like I should have liked this book more than I did. I love paranormal fiction especially if it is blended with a nice dose of mystery and history too. However, I think I’ve realised that I do not like my paranormal fiction to have a literary bend; to me, it makes the story too…heavy. And I’m guessing it is that which is responsible for my feelings towards this book. It was a heavy read, and that made it a slow read.
The other big problem I had with this story was the ending. So, I had made it through the heavy, slow-paced 640+ pages, the driving force behind which was to finish the book and reach a satisfactory conclusion, only to be given the foundation of the next book in the series instead. I had no idea this book was part of a series, so you can imagine that this was a major stumbling block to my enjoyment of it (which I freely recognise is more my own fault than that of the author’s).
And so to the good points of the book. The characters. They were great. It was easy to like the good characters (Evangeline and Verlaine) and dislike the bad ones (Percival Grigori). Also, if you like rich, fluid detail in your prose, you will love this book. It is packed full of vivid descriptions, of settings, of people, of their thoughts and feelings. The story was fresh and on the whole, engaging, which kept me reading until the end. The mythology and lore that is wrapped up in the narrative is interesting and helped to create a fascinating premise, I only wished I enjoyed reading it more.
The next book in the series is Angelopolis.