Angelopolis

Angelopolis (Angelology #2) by Danielle Trussoni

Having read  Angelology, I was interested to see how Danielle Trussoni handled the second book:

A New York Times bestseller and global sensation, Angelology unfurled a brilliant tapestry of myth and biblical lore on our present-day world and plunged two star-crossed heroes into an ancient battle against mankind’s greatest enemy: the fatally attractive angel-human hybrids known as the Nephilim. With Angelopolis, the conflict deepens into an inferno of danger and passion unbound.

A decade has passed since Verlaine saw Evangeline alight from the Brooklyn Bridge, the sight of her new wings a betrayal that haunts him still. Now an elite angel hunter for the Society of Angelology, he pursues his mission with single-minded devotion: to capture, imprison, and eliminate her kind.

But when Evangeline suddenly appears on a twilight Paris street, Verlaine finds her nature to be unlike any of the other creatures he so mercilessly pursues, casting him into a spiral of doubt and confusion that only grows when she is abducted before his eyes by a creature who has topped the society’s most-wanted list for more than a century. The ensuing chase drives Verlaine and his fellow angelologists from the shadows of the Eiffel Tower to the palaces of St. Petersburg and deep into the provinces of Siberia and the Black Sea coast, where the truth of Evangeline’s origins—as well as forces that could restore or annihilate them all—lie in wait.

And I had a very similar reaction to the second as I did to the first: entertaining despite its flaws.

Like the first book in this series, this one has a lot of action and plenty of conspiracy theories plus a dash of romance. From Paris to Moscow to Bulgaria and finally Siberia the Angelologists chase their enemies and do battle all while a secret history is outlined that runs from the time of Noah up through the Romanov Tsars of Russia and into the present day. Archeology, Faberge eggs, Rasputin and a real life Panopticon are involved.

It is an, at times, entertaining mix of action and conspiracy but it doesn’t quite come together in the end. In fact, the ending just kind of happens and you are left hanging. Obviously fans of the series will be looking for the next book but this one has the weakness that so many second books in series seem to have: interesting characters and action but a lack of clear plotting and depth with an ending that leaves you less than satisfied.

 

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Kevin Holtsberry

I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season - oh, and watching golf too).

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