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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I’m hoping that, someday down the line, I will be older and wiser and sit down to read this book and sihnn up loving the ending and giving this the five stars I still believe it deserves.

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. Iron and Magic Ilona Andrews 9. I didn’t know if I was really going to like this. I was really entchanted by this original book! I say that in the most loving way.

The Never Pages Graham Thomas 9. As someone who prefers to read in chronological order unless there’s a VERY compelling reason not to, archanyel anyone know archaangel such a reason?

If Shinn meant to examine faith, and the fact that terrible things happen to people, as they did to the characters in her novel, but that Jovah works in mysterious ways and faith must still be maintained in hardship, she failed. But the very fact that they can provoke such strong reactions in me is testament to the success and skill of Shinn’s writing.

Archangel by Sharon Shinn

Books by Sharon Shinn. From Wikipedia, sbinn free encyclopedia. Gabriel was arrogant and Rachel was impossible. Once a year, all the representative humans and Angels must sing at the Plain of Sharon, in order to appease Jehovah, who otherwise would destroy the world. I did like the fact that there was never any real “romance” between the two main characters, and mostly fighting and misunderstanding.


Aug 03, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: I was half way through when I just can’t stand it! The romantic relationship didn’t quite work for me until the VERY end. No, don’t get me wrong archange, I loved it.

Up until this point Gabriel has had enough on his mind without having to deal with a wife not of his choosing. I get that she had her Suinn world building was interesting, the story drew me in and even when I wanted arhcangel give up, I held on hoping that things would get better.

Samaria is richly drawn, and Shinn does not skimp on its characterization. All my friends are animal lovers, though, and someone once theorized that I keep friends as pets. Love-hate relationships for the win!

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And the big question remains: Thus a complicated marriage of convenience is begun. From national bestselling author Sharon Shinn comes a stunningly beautiful novel of a distant future—where the fate of the world rests on the voice of an angel… Through science, faith, and force of will, the Harmonics archnagel out for themselves a society that they conceived as perfect.

Don’t think I’ll be reading the others in this series. But in Samaria there is harmony, or it is supposed to strive for it: A growing army of superhuman soldiers programmed for destruction. Unfortunately for Rachel, that is what happened and she is now preparing her lord’s daughter for her upcoming wedding. This is Potter-level reverse rape culture and it sucks.

So when Gabriel finally locates her and announces that she is to occupy the most exalted female role in Samaria, she is not inclined to accept his proposal. Jan 25, Jon added it Recommended to Jon by: Apr 21, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: If he is really prepared to let the world be destroyed rather than harm her, is that supposedly a greater “love”?


I’m glad I’ve heard so many good things archangek this book because otherwise, I wouldn’t have picked it up based on the strength of its cover alone. Archangwl the plot maker is annoying!

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Simon had told her that once. Until then though, I’ll probably keep these characters in my heart and hope that others will discover Sharon Shinn’s masterpiece as well. Maas told me to. 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.

It is his destiny and hers. Now I write about management education and interview some really cool, really smart people from all over the world. She hears petitions that men and women fear to put before the Archangel himself.

Rachel was a really immature shrew. You really have to be mature and patient to love this book, but sinn long as you give it a fair chance, it will be so rewarding.

View all 29 comments. 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.

So, let us examine the lead players in this book: