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It’s two days before Christmas, and Sister Evangeline awakens to perform the prayers and devotional duties that have occupied her every day for the past several years. At twenty-three, she is the youngest of the nuns living at St. Rose Convent in New York’s verdant Hudson Valley, but Evangeline already expects that each day up to her last will follow the same quiet routine—until a mysterious letter opens the door to a past she cannot deny and a future as terrifying as it is unimaginable.
At first glance, the letter appears quite harmless—a politely worded missive from one V. A. Verlaine petitioning the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration for access to the convent’s archives for research purposes. In fulfilling her duties as an assistant in the library, Evangeline has received and turned down numerous similar requests. However, something in Verlaine’s letter provokes her curiosity, and she is unable to suppress her desire to know more.
Meanwhile, the letter’s writer is en route to New York’s Central Park for a scheduled meeting with his current employer, Percival Grigori. Verlaine, an aspiring art historian, and Grigori, an ailing but peculiarly menacing older man, first met at an art auction. When the two discovered their mutual interest in the philanthropic Rockefeller family, Grigori offered to pay him generously for any and all information he possessed or could uncover about the late Abigail Rockefeller.
Verlaine’s search leads him to the St. Rose convent, where he crosses paths with Evangeline. The two are instinctually drawn to trust one another, and they share what scant knowledge they possess. Evangeline confirms that Abigail Rockefeller and Mother Innocenta were indeed in correspondence, just about the time a devastating fire nearly destroyed the convent. But Verlaine is still unable to fathom Grigori’s interest in a handful of old letters.
Following her only real clue, Evangeline painstakingly unravels the truth of her residence at St. Rose. She discovers that she is the daughter of two angelologists, a group of scholars, theologians, and warriors who have battled the Nephilim—the beautiful and rapacious descendents of fallen angels and humans—since the dawn of time. The golden lyre she wears around her neck is more than a pretty trinket from her grandmother—it is a reminder of the betrayal of God and man, good versus evil, and Evangeline’s own destined role in the battle to come.
Grigori himself belongs to a high-ranking Nephilim family who once laid bloody siege to the Sisters hoping to steal the priceless artifact the Grigoris thought might be hidden at the convent. Now that Verlaine has confirmed these suspicions, they will stop at nothing to obtain it.
Masterfully interweaving the events of the present day with those of Nazi-era Europe and the Middle Ages, Angelology is breathtakingly inventive, sexy, and rich with dark, gothic menace.