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. Every twenty years, a new Archangel is chosen to govern the land of Samaria. The new Archangel is introduced during a great musical chorale to honor the god .

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And so I’d give it a 3. Their only hope lies in the crowning of a new Archangel. I’d say that Shinn earned her ending all right. And people all around them are saying, “he loves you,” “she loves you”, far too lightly. Orphaned at seven when her farming village arcnangel destroyed, she was adopted by an Edori clan, a race of nomads who believe differently from everyone else, and so are not considered human.

Meanwhile, the current Archangel Raphael holds dhinn to perspective of Lucifer, deliberately flouting his duties and even advocate that Jehovah is powerless and cannot do anything to punish those who disobey His rules.

Please try again later. The religion is not religion at all but politics. And like every modern woman, she has her secrets.


Archangel — All About Romance

These two drive me batshit. Apr 09, Felicia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Still my most popular book.

A growing army of superhuman soldiers programmed for destruction. I expected her to roll over. Rachel Potter Review Date: Only in the final quarter does Shinn’s control slip into flabby, annoying repetitions.

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Theirs is the clash and attraction of strong personalities who both believe they know what is right, and whose pride often come between them. No saving grace can salvage the whole book from the heroine. However, Raphael, the current Archangel, who is corrupt and uses his position for himself, does not want to step down.

He could be an example of shimn emptiness of evil, and at the same time represent how the Church views its heretics as evil, regardless of the actual content of these “heretical” views.

However, the romantic elements took a far back seat to the politics of a desert land called Samaria, and these politics weren’t very interesting. They really were at each others’ throats to the very end, and I found Rachel to be just a little too stubborn and unreasonable.

Gabriel, who knows that Jovah will hurl firebolts should the Gloria fail, has other ideas. Rachel, however, proves elusive to find.

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Sep 03, LPJ rated it liked it. When he plots to prove to Samaria that their god is false and to prevent Gabriel from replacing him, whatever shall the archangel-to-be and his wayward bride do?!

Okay, my issues are political.

Then, quite by accident, he comes upon her in the house of a rich nobleman, where she is a slave. So when Gabriel finally locates her and announces that she is to occupy the most exalted female role in Samaria, she is not inclined to accept his proposal.

The story started off with Gabriel and Rachel being shinj. That made the entire thing very compelling, even considering the so-so romance aspect.

She writes beautifully and thoughtfully, and her books are equally satisfying to both fantasy and romance readers. I didn’t find the religious themes too naus The first time I read this, I must have been aroun Books with missing cover. But as the story went on, I began to sympathize and feel so sorry for Gabriel.