Thursday, March 11, 2010

ANGELOLOGY and other angel books

“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them.”
—Genesis 6:4

I just finished Danielle Trussoni's ANGELOLOGY last night.  It was an awesome read.  The story takes place over a few days, with an extended flashback to the Nazi occupation of Paris when angelologists were fleeing the Nephilim with valuable research in hand.  Present day follows the gentle but curious Evangeline, a young nun at St. Rose convent (dedicated to housing an immense library of texts on angels) as she stumbles upon the threads to a hidden secret about the Nephilim, and even her true nature.  In Trussoni's world the Nephilim exist as a race of angels who walk alongside humans.  Their wings are their status symbols, yet they can easily disguise them so mortals are not the wiser.  One of those Nephilim is suffering a degenerative disease and seeks a cure that tangles Evangeline into a race for answers before the angels attack.

If you follow angel lore and mythology at all, you will be pleased to know that Trussoni incorporates it all very nicely.  From the Book of Enoch to the Anakim and the nephilim gene, she seamlessly weaves it all together in a very believable and magical tale.  It is a long read, and I would compare the pacing to The Historian; much setting up of the world and story and flashbacks to further establish the world, and then about three-quarters through, the pace really picks up and you'll be turning pages swiftly until the surprising and expected end.  ~ Michele Hauf for VampChix

For more information check the author's website: as well as the site dedicated to the book (fun stuff there),

Here are more angel books you might find interesting:

Malcolm Godwin's ANGELS: AN ENDANGERED SPECIES is one of my favorite books on angel lore and mythology.  It starts with myths, legends and hierarchies of angels.  Fascinating stuff.  Then it delves into the dark or fallen angels and it's often where I find names for my demons and devils in my own stories.  It also takes a look at modern manifestations of angels.  Beautiful full color pictures.  I recommend it, but believe it could be hard to find because it is out of print.  If you see a copy in a used book store, snatch it up!

Elizabeth Clare Prophet's FALLEN ANGELS AND THE ORIGINS OF EVIL: WHY CHURCH FATHERS SUPPRESSED THE BOOK OF ENOUCH AND ITS STARLING REVELATIONS has a hefty title, but it's worth a read if you are interested in the Fallen angels.  It has the complete book of Enoch, which makes for fascinating reading.  Trussoni most definitely had to have read this for research on Angelology.


: THE SONG OF THE SERAPHIM is Anne Rice's contribution to angelic fiction.  I haven't read it.  Anyone out there have a mini-review for us to learn more about it?  As interesting as her vampires?

Nalini Singh combines vampires and angels in her Guild Hunter novels.  ANGEL'S BLOOD was fast-paced and intriguing, with enough romance and adventure to keep any demanding reader happy.  Highly recommended!

WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD by Thomas E. Sniegoski.  Six year-old Zoe York has been taken and her mother has come to Remy for help. She shows him crude, childlike drawings that she claims are Zoe's visions of the future, everything leading up to her abduction, and some beyond. Like the picture of a man with wings who would come and save her-a man who is an angel. 

Zoe's preternatural gifts have made her a target for those who wish to exploit her power to their own destructive ends. The search will take Remy to dark places he would rather avoid. But to save an innocent, Remy will ally himself with a variety of lesser evils-and his soul may pay the price...

I've only read the first book in Sharon Shinn's Samaria Series, but it is amazing:  ARCHANGEL  Through science, faith, and the force of will, the Harmonics carved out for themselves a society that they perceived as perfect. Diverse peoples held together by respect for each other and the prospect of swift punishment if their laws were disobeyed. Fertile land that embraced a variety of climates and seasons. Angels to guard the mortals, and mystics to guard the forbidden knowledge. Jehovah to watch over them all... Generations later, the armed space cruiser Jehovah still looms over the planet Samaria, programmed to unleash its arsenal if peace is not sustained. But an age of corruption has come to the land, threatening that peace and placing the Samarians in grave danger. Their only hope lies in the crowning of a new Archangel. The oracles have chosen for this honor the angel named Gabriel, and further decreed that he must first wed a mortal woman named Rachel. It is his destiny and hers. And Gabriel is certain that she will greet the news of her betrothal with enthusiasm, and a devotion to duty equal to his own. Rachel, however, has other ideas...

Oh, and there's this romance author I know, Michele Hauf, whose Of Angels and Demons series begins in June with ANGEL SLAYER and "Halo Hunter".  The series features angels, demons and vampires all on a quest for the elusive nephilim.  No cover yet, but will post as soon as I get it.

What angel stories can you recommend?  Fiction or non-fiction!


Anonymous said...

Hello Michele! Angelology looks like a great read, but I'm hesitant since it seems like the mythology follows closely to my own novel and I don't want to get any ideas!

My own novel, Release, features vampires as protagonists, but also delves into angel lore when it explains the existence of vampires, the concept of Satan, and it features Fallen Angels and Nephilim spirits as characters.

I did a review of Ms. Rice's Angel Time on my blog a few weeks ago, Incidentally, Ms. Rice found my review and featured it on her February 27th Facebook page postings.

Michele Hauf said...

Nicole, I felt the same way since I've an Angels and Demons series right now. Still have to write book #3. And a lot of it was similar, but the conclusions she reached sort of fortified my own research and I was nodding my head and thinking 'two great minds'. Hee. I'll have to check out your review for Rice's book. I have it in my TBR pile, it's just finding the time to get to it!

Shauna Kemp said...

Sort of off topic here, but I need to learn how to do these cool boxes for these books and/or movies when posting! :) These look like interesting reads as well.

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