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 with the remnants of a futuristic civilization, where a caste of angels guards over vying human cultures… where angels and mortals are encouraged to love, and the fate of the world rests on a song. The angel Gabriel knows he must marry, for in six months the annual Gloria must be sung by the new Archangel and his human wife to ensure the prosperity of the land. His ordained bride is Rachel, a beautiful and spirited slave girl who wants only the freedom to live her life as she chooses. Liberated from slavery only to find herself in a loveless marriage of convenience, Rachel reluctantly accepts her new role, longing all the while to reunite with the nomadic Edori, her adoptive kinsmen, among whom all people are free and equal in the eyes of the god Jovah.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Archangel by Sharon Shinn. Archangel Samaria 1 by Sharon Shinn. And so it came to pass Through science, faith and force of will, the Harmonics carved out for themselves a society that they conceived of as perfect. Diverse peoples held together by respect for each other and the prospect of swift punishment if they disobeyed their laws.
Fertile land that embraced a variety of climates and seasons. Angels to guard the mortals and mysti And so it came to pass Angels to guard the mortals and mystics to guard the forbidden knowledge. Jehovah to watch over them all But an age of corruption has come to the land, threatening their peace and placing the Samarians in grave danger. Their only hope lies in the crowning of a new Archangel. The oracles have chosen for this honor the angel named Gabriel, and further decreed that he must first wed a mortal woman named Rachel.
It is his destiny and hers. And Gabriel is certain that she will greet the news of her betrothal with enthusiasm, and a devotion to duty equal to his own. Rachel, however, has other ideas Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Samaria 1 , Samaria Chronological Order 2. Crawford Fantasy Award Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Archangel , please sign up. 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. Indeed, it nevertheless also provides a chronological list anyway. As someone who prefers to read in chronological order unless there's a VERY compelling reason not to, does anyone know of such a reason?
Stephanie There are some spoilers in the later published books that actually occur chronologically earlier so reading them in chronological order would give som …more There are some spoilers in the later published books that actually occur chronologically earlier so reading them in chronological order would give some things away.
I would recommend reading in published order. See 1 question about Archangel…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Archangel Samaria, 1. Sep 27, Shannon Giraffe Days rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , There are five books out in this series, though each can be read as stand-alone novels.
I think this is the first one I wanted to start at the beginning, if I could , and very intriguing and well-written it is. I read it in a day. I'm a new fan of Shinn!
Archangel is set on another world, on a land called Samaria which is divided up into three realms: Gaza, Bethel and Jordanna. 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.
They aren't the only place names that sound familiar, there's also Mount Sinai, the Plain of Sharon and the Galilee River, all reminiscent in sound and appearance to that troublesome spot in the Middle East. Here, though, there is harmony between the lands. After all, it is their god's main precept: harmony in all things. 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.
Their faith is unswerving. There are many interesting and unique elements to this richly idealised land. Each baby dedicated to the god receives the Kiss, implanted into their arm, through which Jovah knows you are alive and takes you when you die. It also reacts when you meet the person meant for you. 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.
He is reluctant, and put it off until he had only six months left. When he is unable to find Rachel, he searches fruitlessly, only to find her in the most unexpected of places: as a shackled slave working in the home of Lord Jethro, where Gabriel is staying for Jethro's son's wedding.
Rachel has not been tamed by her five long years as a slave. Orphaned at seven when her farming village is destroyed, she was adopted by an Edori clan, a race of nomads who believe differently from everyone else, and so are not considered human.
The one thing she wants is to be free to make her own choices, and becoming wife and angelica to the next Archangel does not sit well with her. The discord between Rachel and Gabriel becomes worse due to their problems communicating with each other, while the present Archangel, Raphael, lets it be known that he has no intention of stepping down, and will go to drastic lengths to prove that Jovah does not even exist.
I've never been fond of overtly religious themes in fiction, and I would usually avoid a book that focuses too much on religion.
Yet there is nothing lecturing or moralistic about this story. It is entirely believable, and there are hints throughout about how these people came to be on Samaria that a reader can guess at, making Jovah's response to the prayers of the Angels all the more fascinating.
Gabriel is a strangely lovable character - strange, because he is a difficult man - while Rachel is so stubborn as to infuriate at times. But the very fact that they can provoke such strong reactions in me is testament to the success and skill of Shinn's writing.
Shinn does not dawdle, wallow or pander. Her touch is light and effortless, simply drawing you along in the wake of Rachel and Gabriel, watching and caring and intrigued. It is also interesting to read against a background of discord and disharmony, of prejudice and enslavement and terror. This book is a rich tapestry of issues woven through a bittersweet love story. I only wish Gabriel and Rachel had resolved their differences earlier; I do love to spend time with literary couples who respond in less antagonistic ways to each other.
View all 15 comments. Dec 20, Lightreads rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , romance , young-adult. Oh, and he wears leather.
The angel, not the AI. Id vortex or bust, if you know what I mean, and it was mostly a bust for me. And it could never quite decide if it was a clumsy little young adult bit of wanking, or something else. Not as sexually skeezey as expected, nor as emotionally immature. Actually pretty grown up and interesting when it forgot it was a book where all our heroes are righteous and the unrighteous get literally smited no really.
But still. View 2 comments. Jul 15, Emily rated it really liked it Recommended to Emily by: Shannon. Shelves: , fantasy. Fabulous book! Very creative and different. The characters were compelling and deep but sometimes annoying. Great world building. Note - Archangel is not a Romance novel.
Archangel by Sharon Shinn
Archangel is a science fantasy novel by American writer Sharon Shinn. It is the first book in the Samaria series of novels. Angels and mortals, who need one another but have a love-hate relationship, inhabit the land of Samaria. The angels have wings and fly, and are taller and stronger than humans.
REVIEW: Archangel by Sharon Shinn
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 carved out for themselves a society that they conceived as perfect. Diverse peoples held together by respect for each other. Angels to guard the mortals and mystics to guard the forbidden knowldge. The oracles have chosen Gabriel for this honor, and further decreed that he must first wed a mortal woman named Rachel. It is his destiny and hers. And Gabriel is certain that she will greet the news of her betrothal with enthusiasm, and a devotion to duty equal to his own. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
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Most of the inhabitants of Samaria are mortals, but the world also has angels who, by taking wing and praying to the god Jovah through song can ask the god for favorable weather and other aid. Once a year, the Samarian people gather for the annual Gloria, and sing prayers together to show unity and harmony. The Gloria is led by the archangel, leader of all the angels, and indeed, the most powerful person on Samaria, and his or her spouse, the angelica or angelico. Both archangel and spouse are chosen by the god Jovah himself. Jovah selected Gabriel at age fifteen to become archangel on the Gloria of his thirtieth year, and that date is only six months away when Gabriel goes to the oracle to inquire as to the identity of his bride-to-be.