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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I’d say that Shinn earned her ending all right. Gabriel will become Archangel during the Gloria. I understand she had a hard background and needed to go arrchangel a more complicated emotional journey but I would have like for her to have reached some conclusions about what she really wanted earlier. That was really cool.

Sharon Shinn carries the torch of Joss Whedon for fantasy and science fiction. Beyond Reality Feb Selection. The leader of the Host at the Eyrie, Gabriel, is preparing to become the new Archangel at the Gloria – a mass sung on the Plain of Sharon – but must first find the woman whom Jovah has selected as his wife. If you were an angry man, she would make you calm.

Hopefully the next two of the series explores the potential of it better. View all 9 comments. The Archangel and his consort, the Angelica, lead this mass in praise of Jovah. What’s the Name o Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Meanwhile, the current Archangel Raphael holds adheres to perspective of Lucifer, deliberately flouting his duties and even advocate that Jehovah is powerless and cannot do anything to punish those who disobey His rules.

Their power is in their singing. I also loved the characters in this book. Believe me, it really isn’t. When I first read this, I was basically young and naive. Gabriel is faced with many trials having to contend with Raphael on the one hand, and his reluctant wife, who is a constant thorn-in-the-side. Apr 21, Princessjay rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 01, Pages Buy.

I needed them to spend more time together to really believe in their love. In all honesty, I can’t be completely sure. I got totally sucked into this book. But as the story went on, I began to sympathize and feel so sorry for Gabriel. If they don’t, the god will strike down lightning from the heavens and destroy the world.


Delightfully sex positive, allows the protagonist to consider the possibility of adultery arcahngel her forced marriage and portrays a realistic way for such a difficult relationship to evolve into a touching romance.

Archangel is set in Samaria, divi I found Sharon Shinn ‘s Archangel an awesome fantasy and an amazing entertainment reading. 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.

But the very fact that both can provoke such strong reactions is proof of the success and skill of Shinn’s writing. It had a good plot, the characters were well-developed and believable, and the villain was archhangel, but still it won’t be particularly memorable or worthy of a reread. I didn’t find the religious themes too nauseating, and my tolerance for religion is very, very low.

I think it’s just enough to show the religion in that world and the strength of the characters’ beliefs. His angelica or her angelico if the Archangel is femalethe god’s chosen wife or husband aechangel sing by the Shhinn side.

I mostly write my fiction in the evenings and on weekends. It’s hard finding a contemporary romance book these days that isn’t borderline erotica, so for me, the lack of love scenes was a relief. Initially they ha I bought this book on a whim after reading about it on a blog I didn’t know that it was mainly a romance novel, it caught my interest because the twist on the fantasy setting seemed intriguing.

Gabriel is a snobby angel.

Check back soon for news and updates. If so, she the whiniest most unlikable Mary Sue ever. He could be an example sninn the emptiness of evil, and at the same time represent how the Church views its heretics as evil, regardless of the actual content of these “heretical” views.

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The oracles have chosen for this honor the angel named Gabriel, and further decreed that he must first wed a mortal woman named Rachel. Rachel was a really immature shrew.


This provided a different view of Jovah as more expedient in his logic, insofar as concern for the society as a whole outweighed his concern for the emotions and happiness of a couple. View all 8 comments. Needless to say, the headstrong young woman and the impatient angel don’t get along and their relationship is strained.

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The romantic relationship didn’t quite work for me until the VERY end. I am so excited arcchangel read more. To Rachel, Gabriel’s world seems like just another kind of prison and does everything in her power to make the upcoming Archangel’s life as uncomfortable as possible. Gabriel is a strangely lovable character – strange, because he is a difficult man – while Rachel is so stubborn as to infuriate at times.

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However, I found it irksome that the tracker devices on both couples wrists glowed as a signal, supposedly from Jovah, that they archqngel found true love, because one of the more interesting points was the theory that the glowing from the “Kisses,” as they were called, was Jovah’s sign that he wanted two to breed to produce rare angel offspring so that his ambassadors arcgangel caretakers for the world would not die out.

That’s really hard to do, writing about music that you can’t hear and doing it in a way that reminds one of music you make up in your own head, or dreams. They really were at each others’ throats to the very end, and Sharob found Rachel to be just a little too stubborn and unreasonable. I thought the book was a great blend of fantasy with some romance. What powers do the angels have beyond having their prayers for weather heard?