By: Danielle Trussoni
Publication Date: March 2013
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: March 9, 2013
A book of this caliber deserves the best review humanly possible. Therefore, here goes nothing…
The Watchers are still captured and in the safest place possible for the humans who walk the earth. The angelologists are in locations across the globe doing their very best to stop the dark angel groups one by one. And the incredible Verlaine, the most gifted angelologist of all time who has been searching for his beloved Evangeline for a decade, is working hard to make sure that the ‘right’ side continues to win. However, when he finds himself standing over the body of a woman who has been attacked and killed by a dark angel, he comes across a troubling sight; the woman has been identified as Evangeline.
Verlaine immediately falls into yet another amazing journey as he begins to search for the most evil angel on the planet; Eno - who is beyond sadistic and absolutely revels in the job of killing, maiming and bringing humans the worst pain possible before ending their existence. This particular angel is trying her best to retrieve a clue for the Grigori brothers who are the icons of the stunningly beautiful and frightening Nephilim, a group determined to end human domination once and for all.
But when Evangeline appears in front of Verlaine’s eyes, still alive, he watches the woman/angel he loves be taken away from him again, and he and his boss, Bruno, follow the kidnappers. Finding themselves in the strange and eerie world of Russia’s Winter Palace, they become embroiled in a tale that involves everything from the maniacal Rasputin, who basically destroyed the last Tsar and his family by putting the Tsarina Alexandra under his unknown power, to a missing Faberge egg that holds inside it the key to what may bring about the true Apocalypse.
The missing egg and Rasputin’s own mission from so long ago, lead this crew on a journey into a world that many have not seen in decades, right to the front door of a man who has taken it upon himself to continue the work of the famous Noah, who once planted the seeds of many mysteries when he was given the word from God.
Intricate, stunning…for the millions of fans who loved Angelology - the first in this series - it will be almost impossible to hear that Book II is even better than that triumph, but it’s true. This is an author who knows her subject and has delivered yet another tale that will excite and amaze ten-fold. The love between Evangeline and Verlaine has grown even more passionate, but their opposing worlds bring about the pain, anger and guilt that comes from ‘loving thine enemy.’ And the focus on Eno, who is truly a dark and vile character, will have the reader absolutely obsessed to the point where they will not be able to put this down. The only negative? Each and every one of us will have to exercise extreme patience in order to wait for Book III.
Quill says: This is one series that will be locked in the reader’s imagination for the rest of their time on Earth…and maybe even longer than that!