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Sharon Shinn returns to the world of Samaria (where angels coexist with mortals) in Angelica, a prequel of sorts to her popular Archangel trilogy (Archangel, Jovah's Angel, and The Alleluia Files). The story focuses on an Edori woman named Susannah -- the reluctant angelica -- a legendary character briefly referenced in the previous Archangel novels. Taking place approximately 200 years before the events of Archangel, the main plot revolves around the awkward relationship between the Archangel elect, Gaaron, and his chosen angelica (life-mate), Susannah.
Although Susannah is quite happy traveling with her nomadic clan (and is already romantically involved with someone else), she yields to the will of Jovah and goes with Gaaron back to the angels' stronghold, the Eyrie, where the beautiful sound of singing angels can be heard day and night. But before Gaaron can spend time with his wife-to-be, he must deal with mysterious black-skinned invaders who are burning whole villages to the ground and incinerating all that live there. To make matters worse, the invaders can somehow appear and disappear at will. With more and more people being killed by the invaders and the big wedding drawing closer, Gaaron and Susannah must try to save the people of Samaria while also salvaging their tenuous relationship.
The world of Samaria is a delightful temporary escape from the all too often depressing real world. I mean, how can you go wrong on a planet filled with romance and heavenly music where winged angels watch over you? Paul Goat Allen