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Fans of Trussoni's well-received Angelology (2010), set in a world where angels are real, should be satisfied with this sequel, but those looking for a consistent, well-thought-out alternative universe may be disappointed. In the book's present, art historian V.A. Verlaine, who 10 years earlier realized that his flawed vision allowed him to "see angel wings without extensive training," witnesses a mutilated angel's last moments as she lies dying on a Paris street in "a pool of electric blue blood." On the body, Verlaine is disturbed to find the New York driver's license of Evangeline Cacciatore, "the love of his life," who had turned into the sort of rogue angel that Verlaine now hunts. This murder marks the latest chapter in a centuries-old battle between humanity and the various categories of angels. Suspenseful actions scenes compensate only in part for thin characters, contrived situations, and Verlaine's perplexing turnaround in his attitude toward Evangeline at the end. 5-city author tour. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Filling their ranks with trained mercenaries, the once scholarly Society of Angelologists have entered into battle with the fallen angels in this sequel set ten years after the events in Angelology. V.A. Verlaine, a fully trained angel hunter, has never forgotten his lost love, Evangeline, whose transformation into an angel is a secret Verlaine has kept throughout the years. Now, a seemingly harmless Faberge egg that has fallen into Evangeline's possession places her in jeopardy. She entrusts it to Verlaine so that he may discover its secrets. This leads him and his companions on a trek across a bleak Siberian landscape. VERDICT Trussoni's unevenly paced second offering is not quite up to the standards set by her debut novel. Exciting skirmishes and conflicts are dragged down by extensive historical explanations, and the introduction of a new major character falls flat. Despite the inconsistencies, devotees of Trussoni's first novel will enjoy this continuation of the crusade to save humankind. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/12.]-Joy Gunn, Henderson Libs., NV (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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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.--Downs, Alison Copyright 2010 Booklist