Angelology: A Novel by Danielle Trussoni

I usually read the odd fiction book to relax. And I usually only read historical fiction. However there are times when some novels just grab my attention or curiosity that I just can’t help but read it. This was the case with this book. I read a review in the New York Times Book Review and I just wanted to read it.

The story is a fascinating one. It is about the on-going war g between the Nephilim (fallen Angels who married daughters of men) and a secret society of Angelologists, who, for centuries, have been committed to keeping the Nephilim at bay. The Nephilim have become powerful and wealthy – owning corporations and involved with politics. However, the persistent union with humans have caused many Nephilim to contract a virus, or a disease which decays them slowly. Nothing can be done – expect for an angelic artifact – a lyre – which, according to legend, was dropped by the Archangel Michael when he cast the rebellious angels into their prison in the depths of the earth. This lyre, through its music, would restore those Nephilim under the virus. The angelic lyre also has immense power. The Nephilim will not stop until the lyre is in their position and the Angelologists will not rest until the lyre, which is has been hidden by the society, is destroyed.

Trussoni writes a captivating story, even using some historical documents such as the Book of Enoch to build an incredibly convincing world of angelology , including a complex history. You almost believe that the professors and the society of angelologists are historical and real.

I did not find this novel cringy. On the contrary, her descriptions of the angels are wonderfully detailed, and by no means is she mocking the idea of angels. She has cleverly taken the concept of angels and built an entertaining novel revolving around the idea of the Nephilim. She has obviously spent time in the Bible (Genesis 6 and Revelation), the Book of Enoch as well as Jewish Tradition and other writings about the angelic. While ‘God’ or Jesus is, sadly, mostly absent, (the battle revolves around humans and angels) it is not entirely excluded. There is one scene in the book when the ‘mightiness’ of heaven does appear. It does not appear enough for my liking, but Trussoni does not ignore it entirely

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I quite lost myself in the story – which, after all, is the point of fun reading!