Archangel (Samaria Series #1)

Archangel (Samaria Series #1)

by Sharon Shinn, Sharon Smith
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Archangel (Samaria Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is the point of buying a nook if I can't freaking buy every book I want to read FOR MY NOOK!
NemesisYO More than 1 year ago
Even though Rachel's character is annoying and extremely selfish, I was delighted by the plot. Again, Shinn's descriptions are just a hint of how beautifully the scene is conducted. My only problem with this series is the sequence, for some reason I just got lost...this is supposed to be Book #1, we see Gabriel, Rachel and the others in Book #4... Any sense? Other than that, I am just enchanted by these angels...
SeeMichelleRead More than 1 year ago
Angel Gabriel has known for many years that he will be the next Archangel and that he must go to the oracle to discover who Jovah has chosen to be his Angelica or human bride. In Samaria, Archangels are a sort of divine chosen ruler over the land, changing every fifteen years. They lead Samaria in the Gloria (a sort of sung mass) each year, reminding the people of their dependence and love for Jovah. Gabriel has put off the task of finding his bride until he only has six months until his inaugural Gloria - so when he discovers his Angelica Rachel is a young woman from a family of peasant farmers he is shocked and more than a little surprised. Rachel herself has not led an easy life and is not too happy when Gabriel shows up declaring that he will be her husband. All her life her choices have been taken from her and she is not about to let Gabriel take them away from her again. Let me start off by saying what in the heck is going on with this cover? Is Rachel cringing? Singing? Sighing? None really match her personality so I can't really figure it out. Not to mention the odd little ball - is it supposed to be the Kiss which not only allows Jovah to track you but tells you when you've found your one and only? I thought that was supposed to be embedded in your skin? Weird. Too weird. Other than the oddness of the art, I really enjoyed this unusual story of religion mixed with politics set in a brand new world. And once again Shinn does not disappoint with her wonderfully crafted characters. A competely believable hero and heroine and some nasty villains who really are a little larger than life. The narrative switches back and forth between Rachel and Gabriel, which at times seemed a bit redundant since they would cover each situation twice, but overall served to really give a good understand of each's personality. Inventive and very readable, I can't wait to pick up the rest of this fabulous series. seemichelleread.blogspot.com
Anonymous 4 months ago
Enjoyable and we'll written!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books! I read this when it first was published and it is still one of the best books I have read!!
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Diwms More than 1 year ago
loved the whole series
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book combines the perfect combination of romance and science fiction and the characters melt your heart. I wish she sharon shinn would write even more set in this world!
cat584 More than 1 year ago
Very interesting story and world building. Really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!! It is a unique take on the role of angel and their interaction with normal human beings. It also shows that at the highest position, one can be corrupted. Moreover, the book touches on issues of slavery, class, and power struggles. It is exceptional. The touch of romance is an added bonus.
AeroHudson More than 1 year ago
This book marks my first experience with Sharon Shinn. I had flirted with picking up one of her books for quite some time, but, invariably, always picked something else up to read. I then heard of her first series after her first published book "The Shape Changer's Wife" and decided to give them a try, thinking they seemed unique. I am glad I did. "Archangel" is quite different from really anything I have ever read. It is a genre bend, somewhat of a cross between Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal Romance, and even Historical Fiction. The essence of the story is how the incoming Archangel, Gabriel, and Rachel, a former slave destined to become his Angelica, fall in love. It is a long and arduous journey that the two take riddled with political struggles, prophecies, questions regarding God, and host of other trials. But, at the end of the day, this story is about them. Sharon is an excellent writer and there are many things within these pages to emulate for aspiring writers. One of the reasons I selected it is due to my penchant for writing stories with action. I wanted to be told a story that didn't rely on these devices and instead completely relied on building tension between characters without violent action. I learned quite a bit. I already picked up the next two Samaria books as well as Book One of her Twelve Houses saga. I would recommend Fantasy and Science Fiction fans to pick her up if they are looking for character driven stories that are engaging and quite a bit unique from the stable of series out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow I read this the other day and quite frankly, I was stunned! The setting is very unique. The book was captivating; I couldn't put it down! I especially enjoyed the evolution of Gabriel's and Rachel's relationship, although I expected it to go a little farther. The only thing that bothers me is Rachel's immense selfishness. I understand that her life wasn't easy, but that said, her actions are pretty immature (ex. the bracelets scene, deserting Gabriel after the Gloria). I also don't really understand the cover... Nonetheless, I loved this book--it's by far the best in the Samaria series!
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