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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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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.

ARCHANGEL by Sharon Shinn | Kirkus Reviews

The spiritual or religious beliefs is music. Fade to black, people. He guides my actions and he dwells in my heart.

The angels are told by the oracle which mortal Jovah has destined them to be with, the idea being that this person will be their perfect other half and sharoh versa. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

But the very fact that both can provoke such strong reactions is proof of the success and skill of Shinn’s writing.

While he sang, he owned her.

It’s not part of the story at all. Despite that I get seriously annoyed by those two, I love this book. About 60 pages in the book drew me in and it was a very fast and pleasant read. In my op There are interesting ideas in this book, and interesting discussions of good versus evil, the nature of God, and faith.


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. Shinn does not dawdle, wallow or pander. This was a disappointment. 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.

They can and will not TALK to each other. Gabriel is a snobby angel. What’s the Name o The romantic relationship didn’t quite work for me until the VERY end. I simply don’t wrestle with religion at all. Their power is in their singing. Its romance is not over dramatic or cheesy.

Publishing history Published as a trade paperback in and a mass market paperback in It did have that god-chosen element that you see a lot it’s often called the “mate bond” in paranormal romance involving shape-shifterswhere the hero ehinn heroine are meant to be from the start and no one else will do.

Over all I did like her. Apr 01, Pages.

Archangel by Sharon Shinn

I’m thrilled by the ending, but I remain disappointed by Rachel’s lack of growth. The listening is like the listening of the angel’s music. Yet there is nothing lecturing or moralistic about this story. Needless to say, I devoured my lunch as fast as I could, read till nearly the end of the novel, forced myself to do some productive work, and went about finishing this tale.


I agree with Shinn that it is awful to try and contain it.


Gabriel needs shinnn marry before he may assume the role of Archangel, and this girl Rachel is the one the the god has declared to be his wife. So, definitely not my favorite Sharon Shinn, but a pleasant read overall. Novels by Sharon Shinn. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Gabriel is a very proud man, he found it galling enough when he heard his angelica was atchangel be a farmer’s daughter, but a slave girl?

Although her life has been hard, Rachel’s spirit has never been broken and just as she is about to receive freedom, Gabriel whisks ardhangel away to be his bride. I understand she had a hard background and needed to go through a more complicated emotional journey but I would have like for her to have reached some conclusions about what she really wanted earlier. Furthermore the difficulties of transition between old Raphael and new Gabriel Archangel shows how sninn it is for a longstanding leader to give up privileges, power and leadership to a younger generation when the time has come.

Gabriel was arrogant and Rachel was impossible. Well the plot maker is annoying!