Angelology (novel)

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AuthorDanielle Trussoni
CountryUnited States
Publication date
March 9, 2010
Media typeHardcover

Angelology is a first novel by Danielle Trussoni. It was published by Viking Press in March 2010.


The story follows a nun in New York who unwittingly reignites an ancient war between Angelologists, a group who study angels, and a race of descendants of angels and humans called the Nephilim. The story blends ancient biblical pericopes, the myth of Orpheus, and the fall of rebel angels.[1]


  • Dr. Raphael Valko: A French professor who coordinates an extraction of a body of a fallen angel from a cave in the Rhodope Mountains in 1943. Seraphina Valko is Dr. Valko's wife. The excavation of the fallen angel's body is located in an area that has historical ties to Orpheus and Greek mythology.[2]
  • Evangeline: Her father gave her to Franciscan nuns to raise. After she has taken vows, she starts to doubt her religion and starts investigating her parents, who were angelologists.[2]
  • Percival Grigori: A Nephilim villain.[2]
  • Verlaine: An art student, who is smitten with Sister Evangeline, and assists her in finding artifacts related to angels and stands beside her in the fight against the Nephilim.
  • Gabriella Lévi-Franche Valko: An angelologist, whose activities as a teenage girl directed the course of history.

Publishing and film interest[edit]

Eric Simonoff, then at Janklow & Nesbit, agented the book. In early 2009, seven different publishing houses vied for the manuscript. It eventually went to Viking Press for an undisclosed amount. According to Publishers Weekly, a reputable industry publication, the final offer was "well into six figures".[3]

Apart from publishing industry interest, two motion picture studios, Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures, bid against each other for the film rights, with Columbia winning.[4]

Andrea Gianetti and DeVon Franklin (Columbia's executive producers on The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons)[5] are currently overseeing the project.[1] Will Smith and James Lassiter's Overbrook Entertainment will co-produce with director Marc Forster.[6] Marc Forster will be directing the film.[7]


  1. ^ a b Kit, Borys (January 30, 2009), Sony nabs 'Angelology' rights, Hollywood Reporter, archived from the original on February 6, 2009 Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, Blake (March 11, 2009), "Living With Music: A Playlist by Danielle Trussoni", The New York Times, archived from the original on October 5, 2009, retrieved 2009-12-03 Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2009-02-17. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Neyfakh, Leon (February 2, 2009), Angelology Author Goes With Molly Stern; Gets a Million Dollar Movie Deal, The Observer, archived from the original on March 8, 2009, retrieved 2009-02-17 Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Variety article
  6. ^ Brevet, Brad (January 30, 2009), ‘Da Vinci Code’ Meets ‘National Treasure’ Novel - ‘Angelology’ - Sells to Sony, Rope of Silicon Retrieved on 2009-20-02.
  7. ^ CinemaBlend article

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