Welcome to the first stop of the TLC Book Tour's blog tour of Angelology by Danielle Trussoni. I'm excited to be a part of the tour and thanks to the publisher will be giving away two copies of the book. More information on the giveaway at the bottom of the post.
Back Cover: Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her care was entrusted to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now, at twenty-three, she discovers a 1943 correspondence between the convent's last mother superior and the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller that plunges her into a secret history stretching back a millennium: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim. Blending biblical lore, the Miltonic fall of the Rebel Angels, the apocryphal Book of Enoch, and the myth of Orpheus. Angelology is a luminous, riveting tale of ordinary people caught up in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.
Whether you are a believer in angels or not, Angelology will blow your mind and make you rethink everything you think you know. Angelology is defined as the the study of angels and is one of the ten major categories of theology. Really! Trussoni borrows from the stories of the angels from biblical times when the angels mixed with the humans, most preferably woman, and their offspring were a mixture of human and angel called Nephilim. Where she alters the story to create a intriguing premise is when a Nephilim took on the likeness of Noah's son Japheth, killed him and took his place on the ark. Thus when Noah and his family survived the flood, evil survived in the form of the Nephilim who went on to procreate and spread his wicked ways throughout Europe. The angelologists are trying to stop the Nephilim from finding a golden lyre which can alter things either in a good way or bad way.
Angelology takes place in two different time frames: the present with Sister Evangeline discovering her past and her ties to angelology and in the past when one of the elder sister's reveals her story and her connection to the angelologists. The story is rich and complex, the characters complicated and the writing paints an interesting, yet scary picture. It really made you think. And the ending - it seemed something was missing, unexplained or unexplored. However, there is a sequel to the story which Trussoni is currently writing which probably explains why it ended the way it did.
I'm afraid I read rather quickly through the story because I forget February ended early and I lost three whole days. Angelology is one story that deserves to be read slowly and thoroughly to appreciate it. I definitely will be going back and rereading it. Take the time to look things up that caught my attention and wanted to know more about. Angelology is one of those books - driving you to the dictionary or the encyclopedia for more information. I highly recommend it.
Thank you to TLC Tours for asking me to be part of the tour, penguin books for providing me with a courtesy copy and Danielle Trussoni for writing such an evocative story.
I am giving away two copies of Angelology, (one to a customer please) and the giveaway is open to U.S./Canadian residents only. Please leave your name and email address in the comments. The drawing is open until the end of the tour, March 31st.
Check out the next stops on the tour:
Wednesday, March 2nd: English Major’s Junk Food
Thursday, March 3rd: Life In Review
Tuesday, March 8th: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, March 9th: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, March 10th: The Book Faery Reviews
Friday, March 11th: Katie’s Nesting Spot
Monday, March 14th: A Fanatic’s Book Blog
Tuesday, March 15th: Book Reviews by Molly
Wednesday, March 16th: Devourer of Books
Thursday, March 17th: Chaotic Compendiums
Monday, March 21st: Boarding in My Forties
Tuesday, March 22nd: Café of Dreams
Wednesday, March 23rd: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Thursday, March 24th: The Infinite Shelf
Monday, March 28th: Calico Critic
Wednesday, March 30th: Alison’s Book Marks
Thursday, March 31st: Booksie’s Blog
DANIELLE TRUSSONI is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and author of the memoir Falling Through the Earth, named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year in 2006 by the New York Times Book Review. She splits her time between the United States and France.
Visit Danielle on the web at www.danielletrussoni.org and www.angelologist.com. You can also friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.
For more information on the tour, check out TLC Book tours here.