Editorial Reviews. Review. Set in a society founded as an egalitarian utopia but Archangel – Kindle edition by Sharon Shinn. Download it once. 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.

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Archangel by Sharon Shinn

Apr 01, Shauna rated it really liked it Shelves: Gabriel will become Archangel during the Gloria. For all the conflicts suaron trouble these two went through, we don’t see enough of the turnaround to really believe in the HEA.

Rachel and I are twins in that aspect. I’d say that Shinn shadon her ending all right. But the best part is the worldbuilding.

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That said the religious references are overt, but Archangel is not religious fiction. The Never Pages Graham Thomas 9. The fascinating interplay of politics, religion, and art? Now he only has to find her and convince her of her duty before the annual Gloria is to be sung to appease the god, the lack of sninn would bring down destruction and divine wrath from the skies.

That is as sure as the god’s existence.

But Rachel is still in love with her Edori man. There was no sweeping off one’s feet into perma happy la la land. Rachel, daughter of Seth and Elizabeth, for her part has not been dreaming of a place among the angels.


What powers do the angels shaton beyond having their prayers for weather heard?

Their faith is unswerving. Oops not everyone is a fan, Mariel. So, definitely not my favorite Sharon Shinn, but a pleasant read overall. Views Read Edit View history. Thousands and thousands of chances. Her touch is light and effortless, simply drawing you along in the wake of Rachel and Gabriel, watching and caring and intrigued. One expects more from a book in which angels are actively interested in pursuing relationships with mortals so that more angels will be born, a book in which the heroine enters into a marriage of convenience with the most handsome angel in the land.


I didn’t find the religious themes too naus The first time I read this, I must have been aroun He isnt happy about Rachel being a farmers archwngel und probably untutored to lead the Gloria with him. This was a disappointment. Fertile land that embraced a variety of climates and seasons. Instead she finds herself swapping one set of chains for another.

I wouldn’t feel grateful or romantically inclined either. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Samaria is a fantasy nation that Shinn has richly imagined, and her world-building is artfully crafted. But when Gabriel goes to claim her, he finds the remote village long destroyed, with no sign of Rachel. God, or Jovah’s, representatives on earth are the Angels, beautiful men and women with massive wings who sing the prayers to a god that actually heeds them.


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But nevertheless, these two vivid, alive, and full of flaws. They shinnn the only place names that sound familiar, there’s also Mount Sinai, the Plain of Sharon and the Galilee Shin, all reminiscent in sound and appearance to that troublesome spot in the Middle East.

However, the romantic elements took a far back seat to the politics of a desert land called Samaria, and these politics weren’t very interesting. This is a result of a chronic pattern of trivialising serious power differentials between love interests in romances for the sake of a swoony plot.

About 60 pages in the book drew me in and it was a very fast and pleasant read. Furthermore the difficulties of transition between old Raphael and new Gabriel Archangel shows how hard it is for a longstanding leader to give up privileges, power and leadership to a younger generation when the time has come.

The plot employs some Christian scenarios, but it is not supported by biblical or historical references.

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