Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

Tessa Bright Wildsmith

Sister Evangeline is a young nun. At only 23, she has grown up with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration since she was 12. She lives an orderly life and does what is expected of her. When a letter arrives requesting access to the convent’s archives, Evangeline has no idea this simple letter will change her entire life and everything she ever thought about the world.

Evangeline discovers an old correspondence between the convent’s late Mother Superior and the philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller. This correspondence leads Evangeline to the discovery of an ancient society and a conflict as old as time. The Society of Angelologists have been battling the Nephilim, the beautiful, cruel descendents of angels and humans, for thousands of years. Little does Evangeline know, she’s been tied to the Angelologists her entire life. She’s been prepared for her role in the ancient war even if she didn’t know it.

“Angelology” is rich with biblical lore, history, mythology and more. History enthusiasts will love the way Trussoni ties the history and theology into one riveting background.

“Angelology” had great promise. It was full of all the things I love: history, action, suspense, mythology. When I finished the book, however, I realized that I had just wasted 500-something pages of reading that I could never get back. The ending is what got me. I was enthralled. I was completely captivated in the story and the history. And then I got to the last thirty pages, which completely ruined the entire book for me. I’m not sure if Trussoni was trying to be tricky or surprise the reader with a twist at the end, but it failed miserably. It felt contrived and silly. Trussoni had written a book that I would have compared with “The DaVinci Code,” and then somehow didn’t manage to follow through.

With that said, “Angelology” did make the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010 list, so maybe everyone else didn’t hate the ending as much as I did. With so much going for it, I hate that I was so disappointed when I turned the last page. I wanted to love this book. I wanted to get lost in a world of sweeping biblical lore and dark angels, but it just didn’t happen.

I will give Trussoni credit for a completely original plot. Her only fault, in my opinion, was the ending. She built the tension slowly and perfectly. She put extensive research into this book, and it showed with the depth of the history and theology woven throughout the novel. “Angelology” is beautiful, dark and compelling, and then there’s the ending.

I’m sure not all readers will hate the ending the way that I did. If the history and theology sound like things you would be interested in, give it a try. Maybe you will walk away with a better opinion than the one I have.

Have you read “Angelology?” Discuss your thoughts on the book below.

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