Angels and Demons (Robert Langdon #1) – Dan Brown


5 star

Angels and Demons was a thrilling read. If you’re looking for mystery, intrigue, and suspense look no further!

What I loved most about this book was its foundation in fact. Everything referenced is real or has some basis in reality. Dan Brown’s ability to weave a narrative within the framework of history is phenomenal. He was able to create a story that educates the reader while delivering an exciting and engaging mystery.

I read the illustrated edition and that had a huge impact on my experience. It made me feel more connected to the story and as if I could puzzle out the mystery if I looked hard enough for the clues in the images. I don’t think I would have enjoyed this novel as much as I did if it weren’t for the illustrations. Not only are the illustrations entertaining, they are also incredibly helpful in clarifying certain aspects of a puzzle. It allowed me to see what Brown was describing with no ambiguity.

What I loved most about this story was that it made me think. It made me think about religion, science, and religion and science in relation to each other. I’ve always found myself firmly on the scientific side of any debate. I’ve never been very religious, but I’ve always been interested in history so I’ve accepted the fact that religion is woven tightly within our past. Angels and Demons presents an interesting idea that unifies science and religion so that they may exist within the same thought.

Robert Langdon as a character surprised me. He’s first introduced as a lone wolf kind of character who is incredibly intelligent. I immediately assumed that he would find and have all the answers for the mystery. Fortunately, I was wrong. Langdon often relies on those around him for answers and isn’t condescending or snobbish.

The only issue I had with Angels and Demons was the ending. Once the mystery concluded and all the twists and turns were revealed, the story continues to give closure to certain characters. I wasn’t interested to find out what happened to them so I skimmed through the last 50 pages.


Overall, Angels and Demons was a thrilling mystery that made me think. Brown’s ability to weave an interesting narrative within the framework of fact-based history was excellent and kept me glued to the pages.

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