Angels are back. Ok, well maybe they never left but they are certainly becoming more popular these days. In fact, people are going as far as to say that angels are the new vampires. Metaphorically speaking, of course. The last two books I reviewed were about angels or fallen angels to be precise, Hush Hush and Fallen.
In the Sunday New York Times this week, there’s a book review of Danielle Trussoni’s Angelology. She writes about fallen angels, called the Nephilim – children of fallen angels who took mortal wives. This idea is not by any means new. It appears in the bible – Genesis 6 says “The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” This single line is the source of many books – for authors searching for that next tragically damned hero. (Yes, I am totally one of them.) The idea is to take something old or known and develop a fresh slant on it – making it unique and fresh. The hero searching for redemption who ‘changes his stars’ will always be appealing, only now, darker is better.
According to the article, Trussoni’s version of the Nephilim or “Famous Ones” are “nasty, selfish creatures who live in opulent apartments. Gorgeous, sensuous and wealthy, they are jealous of humans and vindictive toward God, cold to one another and rude to their servants, who belong to lesser angelic orders.” Very intriguing concept. In Fallen, the war is between ‘good’ fallen angels and ‘bad’ fallen angels. In Hush Hush, the fallen are doomed to walk the earth in bodies that can’t feel except for two weeks out of every year.
No doubt there’s going to be a slew of books on the market of this ilk. It’s a paranormal tsunami. Still, I don’t see anyone complaining about the deluge – bring it on. People just seem to want more.
According to Publisher’s Weekly, Angelology is the first of a series.