Viking. Mar. 2013. 302p. ISBN 9780670025541. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101606063. F
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 Fabergé 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.]
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