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And there’s Sharon Shinn’s Samaria series, which begins with Archangel (). David Weber’s Off Armageddon Reef () is clearly doing. Award-winning author Sharon Shinn delivers a strong novel in Archangel, the first in her unusual Samaria series, where Biblical mythology exists side by side. Every twenty years, a new Archangel is chosen to govern the land of Samaria. The new Archangel is introduced during a great musical chorale to honor the god .

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Gabriel is a very proud man, he found it galling enough when he heard his angelica was to be a farmer’s daughter, but a slave girl? When I reread Archangel I am struck again with its quality and insight and the beauty of its storytelling.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Slow beginning, great middle, poor ending. I was so sure this novel would earn a hearty 5 Stars from me and make its way to my ‘favorites’ shelf, but alas, I couldn’t bring myself to fall in love with this as I thought I would.

The citizens of Gaza, the Manadavvi, are highly cultured and wealthy. Despite anything else I may say, it is a favorite of mine. I remember being very underwhelmed.

Archangel by Sharon Shinn

They really were at each others’ throats to the rachangel end, and I found Rachel to be just a little too stubborn and unreasonable. If you can stomach that and enjoy it despite that aspect, the novel is a unique sginn enjoyable read.

There series page says that the author recommends these novels be read in published order but doesn’t explain or link to a reason why. You sure she’s 25? Rachel provides an interesting contrast that draws parallels to Old Testament Judaism.


Archangel (Samaria, #1) by Sharon Shinn

Samaria Published Order 5 books. All my friends are animal lovers, though, and someone once theorized that I keep friends as pets.

The spirituality was just listening. When Gabriel arrives at the village where Rachel is supposed to live he finds everything is de Angel Gabriel, being next in the line to become Archangel and lead the annual Gloria to assure God everything is in harmony has a problem.

The story also lacked a fulfilling romance. The story ends with Gabriel and Rachael singing together at the Gloria, thus satisfying the wishes of the god.

And like every modern woman, she has her secrets. Gabriel apparently needed to be humbled and I’d say his character journey went smoothly, Rachel’s- not so much. I didn’t find the religious themes too nauseating, and my tolerance for religion is very, very low.

That said the religious references are overt, archange, Archangel is not religious fiction. From the way she’d been acting, I would never have guessed.


But Rachel is still in love with her Edori man. They aren’t the only place names that sound familiar, there’s also Mount Sinai, the Plain of Sharon and the Galilee Ri There are five books out in this series, though each can be read as stand-alone novels. But an age of corruption has come to the land, threatening their archangwl and placing the Samarians in grave danger. And so it came to pass And she is devoted to the poor and outcast and to making a difference in Samaria.


Weird shlnn explain but really really good!

I think I’m bumping the rating up a little, but zrchangel. No, don’t get me wrong – I loved it. I’d highly recommend it though, to anyone looking for an interesting new take on angel fantasy, or just someone who loves music.

I’d say that Shinn earned her ending rachangel right. Rachel, an Edori slave, dislikes angels because of what they had done to her family when she was younger. She is unreasonable to the point of being one of the most obstinate women I have ever run across in literature. View all 29 comments.

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Every twenty years, an Archangel is chosen to govern the whole country and every year, the Archangel leads the people in singing a mass, the Gloria, in praise of the god.

Every twenty years, the power of the Archangel is passed down to the next generation, where the angel and his or her mate must lead all of the peoples of Samaria in the Gloria to sing praises to Jovah and show Him that they live in peace and harmony—otherwise, Jovah will cast down his wrath.

Rachel is finally feeling some small amount at hope when she learned earlier that the lord’s daughter intends to take her and set her free. To ask other readers questions about Archangelplease sign up.


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