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  • Series: Angelology Series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 1ST edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670025542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670025541
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* This is a stunning follow-up to the best-seller Angelology. Ten years have passed since Verlaine watched his lover, Evangeline, take flight from the Brooklyn Bridge as her true self, an ancient species born of human and angel parents. Verlaine has spent the last decade learning to capture and torture all angel forms. Now, in the opening pages of Angelopolis, he is next to her again, so close he can feel the air swirling around her wings, smell the sweet fragrance of her skin. He knows he must capture, if not kill, her. Then, before his eyes, Evangeline is abducted and Verlaine is left to hunting for her and her captors. As his search progresses, the unfathomable starts to reveal itself: Evangeline’s abductors have taken her to Angelopolis—a mythical angel paradise. Part historical novel, fantasy, love story, thriller, and mystery—all tied into one book that library patrons are sure to demand. It’s a must-read. --Alison Downs

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Praise for Angelopolis:

"[Trussoni] has created such a seductive alternative history that it easily puts anything Dan Brown has imagined to shame. Skillfully layering significant myths from before the Common Era into the narrative, [she] makes it hard not to believe that anything is and was possible."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
A conversation between Danielle Trussoni and Justin Cronin, bestselling author of The Passage and The Twelve

Justin Cronin: As novelists, both of us have chosen to blend the emphasis on character usually associated with literary writing with the plot-driven habits of commercial fiction.  I have to say, from my own experience, this is a real challenge.  What led you to take it up, and what do you make of these labels?  What does the word “genre” mean to you?


Danielle Trussoni: Readers love books that take them somewhere, that teach them something about the world, that have characters that speak to them. At least, these are my favorite kinds of novels. And so when I’m reading, it is more important to feel engaged with the world of the book than to know exactly how it all works. Obviously, when I’m writing, the process is quite different. There is a technical balance between style, character, plot, description, etc. that I’m always aware of. But basically, I write the kinds of books I love to read. I try not to get too caught up in the idea that “literary” writing or “commercial” writing are on opposite sides of the spectrum. As a writer, it is important for me to have the freedom to move between styles and genres freely. The bottom line for me is that I write what I love, I write what moves me, and I write what I need to write to move forward artistically. The style and the subject matter are wholly secondary to these other motivations.
 
JC: We also share the fact that our most recent works are a major departure from our earlier books. Your first, the memoir Falling Through Earth, is seen by many as worlds apart in style, voice, and content from Angelology and Angelopolis.  How do you connect your work as a memoirist to these novels? Was your creative process the same?
 
DT: I heard a lecture by Kurt Vonnegut once where he said “Writing is a print-out of the soul.” It seems to me that this holds true even when a writer explores vastly different subjects and genres. The writing itself is a reflection of the writer’s particular voice and vision, and this is what remains fixed over the course of many books. My first book may be quite different in style and content from my novels—it was a memoir about my childhood with my father, who was a solider in the Vietnam War—but there is something very personal that marks it as my book. This is what makes the act of writing so mysterious: Whatever a writer may do to mask herself, she is still there, recognizable.
 
JC: When you began the writing of Angelology, did you conceive of it as the first in a suite of related novels? How does writing a sequel affect your artistic choices? Given that the characters and drama span more than one book, how do you find the sweet spot between giving away too much and too little?
 
DT: Actually, I thought Angelology was a stand-alone novel for a long time. It wasn’t until I got to the end that I realized that it needed to continue. It wasn’t until I began to write Angelopolis, however, that I realized how very difficult it would be to write a sequel. All of the things I love doing as a novelist—introducing new characters and building a “fictional world”—take on a different aspect in a sequel. There is less description and more action. The characters need to move forward in a different way. I found the change in tempo difficult, to say the least.
 
JC: Along the same lines, Angelopolis is, of course, a sequel. But it also works as a stand-alone book.  How did you pull this off?
 
DT: I felt very strongly that Angelopolis needed to be both a continuation and a story that a reader could pick up and simply enjoy without having read Angelology. The real challenge for me was to reintroduce the cast of characters in just the right way. For those readers of Angelology, the characters had changed and so I needed to give some background about why this had happened. For readers coming to Angelopolis fresh, I wanted to present fully formed characters that were immediately engaging. It wasn’t at all easy. But at the same time, I found that there was a new lightness in Angelopolis that Angelology did not have.
 
JC: Evangeline is our guide for Angelology, but in Angelopolis, we spend the majority of our time with Verlaine and see the world through his eyes. What inspired you to make this shift?
 
DT: First of all, I chose Verlaine as the primary narrator for Angelopolis because I’ve always loved Verlaine as a character. In Angelology, he was a more or less regular guy who fell into the mystery by chance. When Angelopolis begins, Verlaine is in Paris, where he has become an angel hunter. He’s undergone extensive training in the detection and containment of angelic creatures, which gives him a stock of new information that makes him particularly interesting. I also felt that his point of view would be the most dynamic, and bring readers into the situation with more ease than Evangeline’s.
 
JC: Myth and religion play a vital role in your work. How do you go about weaving ancient texts and legends into your storylines?
 
DT: Every one of the books I’ve written have been inspired to some degree by mythology. I’ve always been completely fascinated by history, religion and mythology, and for me these elements are primary building blocks for my imagination. I find, especially with Angelology and Angelopolis, that I like to use mythology and religion as elements of the plot. I like to raise the question “What is mythology and what is reality?” and to see this question play out in the novel. In this, I’m inspired by novelists like Mary Shelly and Umberto Eco and Wilkie Collins, whose literary mysteries spring from a mythological source.

JC: A great deal of research—from the history of the Russian tsars to genetics to the creation of the Fabergé eggs—clearly went into Angelopolis. Did you do all your research before you began writing, or did you look into topics as they naturally arose?
 
DT: Although I have a general idea about the research that will go into a book when I begin it, I tend to do the bulk of my research as I write each scene. I will have books and notes piled up on my desk as I write, so that I can verify facts and look at photographs while writing certain descriptions. I had a lot of fun doing research about the Romanov and Fabergé eggs. I became so completely absorbed in the period that I could have spent all of my time simply reading about Russia.

JC: Is the history you include in Angelopolis always “true?” How do you negotiate the line between history and myth?
 
DT: The historical situations and characters in Angelology and Angelopolis are all researched and so the information about these periods and people is “true.” I use actual historical documents, religious texts and even people to create an aura of reality in the books, and so I find that my research must be accurate. There are, however, moments when I use historical information as the basis for imaginary events in the novel. For example, in Angelopolis, I have used the Romanov Grand Duchesses as characters. While their behavior and habits have been taken from historical sources, I allow imaginary characters to speculate and to elaborate upon their personalities. The same holds true for the uses of historical documents such as The Book of Enoch in Angelology and The Book of Jubilees in Angelopolis.

JC: Angelopolis takes place all over the world, in countless extraordinary landscapes. Have you visited many of them? What are the challenges of creating such a convincing sense of place without having first-hand experience of a given location?
 
DT: I have spent a lot of time in Paris, and so the scenes written there were all created from photographs and notes I took myself. And, of course, the scenes in Bulgaria are all recreated from personal experience. But I have never been to Russia, and so it was necessary to do a lot of reading and research about Saint Petersburg and Siberia. I very much hope to go to Saint Petersburg someday to see the place that has inspired so much of my novel.
 
JC: What do you make of our culture’s current obsession with supernatural archetypes—zombies, werewolves, vampires, angels?  And what of the recent surge in apocalyptic tales? What about the present moment accounts for these preoccupations, and what draws you as a writer to these subjects?
 
DT: This obsession has always been with us. Our connection to the supernatural is an outgrowth of our cultural heritage. Greek mythology, Egyptian mythology, Native American mythology—all of these systems of belief and storytelling were ...

More About the Author

Danielle Trussoni was raised in La Crosse, Wisconsin and wanted to be a writer since she was six. She is the author of the Angelology series, a New York Times bestselling series published in over 32 countries, with the second installation, Angelopolis, now out in paperback. Her memoir, Falling Through the Earth, was selected as one of the Ten Best Books of 2006 by The New York Times Book Review. She is currently living in New York City. You can follow her on twitter @daniellemybella and visit her website here:
http://www.danielletrussoni.com/

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Book Him Danno on March 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have read the first one and have posted a review a day or so ago. I read it when it came out before I started blogging reviews for books I have read. I gave the first book 3 stars because the ending came so abruptly and at the time I didn't know it would have a sequel and a sequel to that sequel, so I felt lost of the end of the first book.

Starting this one I had to think about what happened in the last book, some of the story line was clear enough, but I really think you need to read the first book to really understand where this one is coming from. The author has many characters and many angels of all types that are clearer in the first book. Reading this book I assume the author assumes I have read book one...so read book one to really enjoy and understand this one.

The story started in the first book is carried forward in this book starting 10 years later. The characters are there and you still feel for them and their plight. I do love some of them and wish them happiness, but at the end of this book I have to wonder if that is going to happen...ever. This book is fast paced and interesting. I don't always like this author's use of words or phrases as I think many of them slow the book down and make you take a second look at the sentence structure. I like the words to flow more naturally as I read.

If you read the 1st book then this is a must read so you know what is happening to Evangeline. You also get more history on angels and why there are on the Earth. I did enjoy the history she has put together and especially the part about Noah. You will have to read it to find out. So pick up book 1 first and then this book....if you are interested at all in angels this is a must read, and if you have no interest in angels (I don't) I still think it is a good series so far.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Yolanda S. Bean VINE VOICE on March 20, 2013
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In June 2010, I read Angelology: A Novel (Angelology Series) in virtually one sitting. After finishing it, I would periodically check to see if there was a publication release date for a sequel. So, after three years of anticipation, I eagerly began the sequel. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. Though I never felt lost in the sequel, it left me rather unsatisfied. The first book, in my memory at least, was a lushly written, layered novel that blended different periods in time with different narrative styles to create a unique debut. Trussoni blended historical fiction with the fantastic - and threw in a bit of a literary mystery, too, with some romance. The characters felt realistic and the plot unraveled in a delicate balance of action, prose and context that kept the pacing quick

The sequel felt completely different. It was not lushly layered, nor was it a fast-paced novel. There were a few scenes bursting with action, but they were spread out few and far between the scenes that comprised the bulk of the book: explanatory dialogue. Extensive, very detailed explanations fleshed out Trussoni's world in more detail, but the reveal of this added detail left a lot to be desired. By using her character's voices as the sole form of imparting information, their words served as information dump trucks vomiting out nothing more than lectures. Interesting lectures, yes, but it left little room for the characters to develop, grow or reveal meaningful relationships. There was little reminiscent here of the lush prose and interesting characters of the first book.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Malfoyfan VINE VOICE on March 22, 2013
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Like many of her fans, I've been waiting anxiously for the sequel to Danielle Trussoni's Angelology, which I thought was a great book. It had everything - a cool mythology, interesting characters, multiple locations, mystery, and very good storytelling. I wish I could say I enjoyed Angelopolis as much as I did the first book, but it didn't quite work for me. I'm not going to summarize much of the plot, since in a book like this giving anything away isn't fair to future readers. Suffice it to say that Trussoni blends the angel-human hybrid angels called Nephilim, Noah and the flood, the Romanovs, Faberge eggs, and various other angels in a surprising way. The book is entertaining and a quick read, but it lacks the layers and details of the first one, and is almost like an action movie in that it's always moving around to a different location. Some readers may like this; I can see why Trussoni chose to give this book a quicker pace in that it's important to keep the momentum of the established story going, but I prefer the slower pace and intellectual meanderings of the first book.

Another issue here is that this book is setting up the third book, much as the next-to-last Harry Potter movie set up the last one, and this can be a problem in that it feels a bit like filler at times - putting things in place so they can be referred to later. There's a lot of chasing and running around. While that works in a movie, it doesn't always work in a book.

In order to enjoy books like this - or Harry Potter, Dan Brown's books, or Star Wars, is you have to completely buy into the author's invented mythology. I find Trussoni's mythology fascinating and I like letting her take me wherever she wants to go with it. That is her strength as a writer, along with her elegant style.
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