Angelica (Samaria Series #4)

Angelica (Samaria Series #4)

by Sharon Shinn
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Angelica (Samaria Series #4) by Sharon Shinn

Two hundred years ago, the god Jovah created a legion of land dwelling angels, led by an appointed Archangel.  Now, Jovah has a new appointee: Archangel Gaaron.  For his life-mate, his Angelica, Jovah has chosen a woman named Susannah.  Slowly, an unspoken affection develops between the two. But there is a terrible threat besetting the land-and the true hearts of Archangel and Angelica may never be known.

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ISBN-13: 9780441011469
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/24/2004
Series: Samaria Series , #4
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 818,043
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.73(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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Angelica (Samaria Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I accidently read about this book online and when I saw it on the bargain book table I decided to get it. It was a great purchase. I found it very intersting and unique. I loved the characters and I hated having to put the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Angelica is a well written, beautiful story of Susannah whose life changes for the better when the Archangel-elect Gabriel Aaron, Gaaron, comes into her life and introduces her to a life of duty and growing love. As the story goes along Susannah's life with Gaaron becomes complex and full of rich experiences. Gaaron, the angel leader of the Eyrie, deals with a rebelous sister, Miriam, and learns to love his angelica, Susannah. In the end, Gaaron and Susannah grow to love each other deeply and Miriam grows up. Angelica is the most well written and dynamic story. It will keep yoou wanting more, just to find out what happens next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jovah carried his followers to Samaria hundreds of years ago where they settled into a low-tech life, safe from the wars of their home world. Jovah also created a race of angels to watch over the people of Samaria and sing prayers for weather and plague assistance. Gaaron is about to become the archangel, the leader of the host of angels, and now searches Samaria for the wife Jovah has decreed for him through the oracles. Susannah, one of the Edori nomads, is becoming increasingly unhappy with the wandering eye of her lover Dathan. When Gaaron shows up at her camp and announces that she is his intended bride, she surprises everyone by agreeing to return with him. Gaaron has little time for the reluctant Susannah, as the country is plagued with mysterious strangers that appear and disappear without a trace and the unexplained destruction of remote camps and farmsteads. As Gaaron tries to solve the problem of the strangers, the lonely Susannah befriends his recklessly wild sister Miriam. When Miriam is fostered in a distant city after one of her more disastrous exploits, she runs away to the Edori. But once there, she learns life-lessons in spite of herself and begins an unexpected romance. This is Shinn's fourth book about Samaria. Even though this book is a prequel to the first three and can be read alone, you should probably read at least one or two of the earlier books in order to understand the setting. Samaria is a fascinating place and Shinn populates it with interesting characters and cultures. As world-building goes, it reminds me of Anne McCaffrey's Pern ¿ with angels instead of dragons and more of an emphasis on relationships. Shinn is very good at romance with a touch of science fiction, but this is not her best effort. The slowly developing relationship between Gaaron and Susannah isn't as compelling as it should be - Miriam's journey is far more interesting. The peril posed by the mysterious strangers feels oddly distant and somewhat contrived. After the leisurely character development that takes place in the bulk of the book, I felt short-changed by the quick wrap-up ending which I ultimately couldn't buy into. Shinn can and has done much better as far as spark-flying romance and consistent plotting. Try Archangel or Jovah's Angel for a better introduction to Samaria, but if you just can¿t get enough of Shinn's angels, read Angelica as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved Archangel, and I can't wait to read this book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
On the world of Samaria, the angels live among mankind and mate with mortals whose children can be either angel or mortal. They sing in prayer to their god Jovah and they have power to change the weather or rain down medicine for the sick. The Archangel who in a few months will be Gaaron guides all the angels. He goes to the oracle to request she ask the god who his bride should be and she tells him it is Susannah, an Edori woman. Susannah loves the roaming life of the nomadic Edori and she is understandably shocked when Gaaron sweeps down in the middle of the clan and tells her their God expects her to marry him. She bows to Jovah¿s will and agrees to go to Gaaron¿s hold to be his wife. She struggles to acclimate to her new environment especially when the world is in a state of terror. Men from somewhere other than Samaria are randomly appearing and disappearing, leaving destruction in their wake. Gaaron is so concerned about the people that he ignores Susannah who is determined to force her angel to lean on her in times of trouble and learn to express what is in his heart. Fans of Anne McCaffrey¿s Pern series are going to love ANGELICA, the fourth novel that deals with the unique culture of Samaria. Readers will believe that this world where angels walk alongside mortals really exists because the author goes into minute detail about its social and cultural infrastructure. Sharon Shinn is a gifted storyteller who makes the readers believe Samaria exists outside of the creative imagination of the author. Harriet Klausner