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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Archangel by Sharon Shinn. And so it came to pass Through science, faith and force of will, the Harmonics carved out for themselves a society that they conceived of as perfect. Diverse peoples held together by respect for each other and the prospect of achangel punishment if they disobeyed their laws.

Fertile land that embraced a variety of climates and seasons.

Angels to guard the mortals and mysti And so it came to pass Angels to guard the mortals and mystics to guard the forbidden knowledge. Jehovah to watch over them all But an age of corruption has come to the land, threatening their peace and placing the Samarians in grave danger.

Their only hope lies in the crowning of a new Archangel. The oracles have chosen for this honor the angel named Gabriel, and further decreed that he must first wed a mortal woman named Rachel.

It is his destiny and hers. And Gabriel is certain that she will greet the news of her betrothal with enthusiasm, and a devotion to duty equal to his own.

Rachel, however, has other ideas Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published April 1st by Ace first published May 1st Crawford Fantasy Award To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Archangelplease sign up. There series page says that the author recommends these novels be read in published order but doesn’t explain or link to a reason why.

Indeed, it nevertheless also provides a chronological list anyway. As someone who prefers to read in chronological order unless there’s a VERY compelling reason not to, does anyone know of such a reason? Stephanie Thorpe There zhinn some spoilers in the later published books that actually occur chronologically earlier so reading them in chronological order would give …more There are some spoilers in the later published books that actually occur chronologically earlier so reading them in chronological order would give some things away.

I would recommend reading in published order. See 1 question about Archangel…. Lists with This Book. Sep 27, Shannon Giraffe Days rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are five books out in this series, though each can be read as stand-alone novels.

I think this is the first one I wanted to start at the beginning, if I couldand very intriguing and well-written it is. I read it in a day. I’m a new fan of Shinn! Agchangel is set on another world, on a land called Samaria which is divided up into three realms: Gaza, Bethel and Jordanna.


They aren’t the only place names that sound familiar, there’s also Mount Sinai, the Plain of Sharon and the Galilee Ri There are five books out in this series, though each can be read as stand-alone novels. They aren’t the only place names that sound familiar, there’s also Mount Sinai, the Plain of Shin and the Galilee River, all reminiscent in sound and appearance to that troublesome spot in the Middle East. Here, though, there is shin between the lands.

After all, it is their god’s main precept: God, or Jovah’s, representatives on earth are the Angels, beautiful men and women with massive wings who sing the prayers to a god that actually heeds them. Their faith is unswerving. There are many interesting and unique elements to this richly idealised land.

Each baby dedicated to the god receives the Kiss, implanted into their arm, through which Jovah knows you are alive and takes you when you die. It also reacts when you meet the person meant for you.

The leader of the Host at the Eyrie, Gabriel, is preparing to become the new Archangel at the Archwngel – a mass sung on the Plain of Sharon – but must first find the archangdl whom Jovah has selected as his wife.

He is reluctant, and put it off shknn he had only six months left. When he is unable to find Rachel, he searches fruitlessly, only to find her in the most unexpected of places: Rachel has not been tamed by her five long years as a slave.

Orphaned at seven when her farming village is destroyed, she archsngel adopted by an Edori clan, a race of nomads who believe differently from everyone else, and so are not considered human. The one thing she wants is to be free to make her own choices, and becoming wife and angelica to the next Archangel does not sit well with her.

The discord between Rachel and Gabriel becomes worse due to their problems communicating with each other, while the present Archangel, Raphael, lets it be known that he has no intention of stepping down, and will go to drastic lengths to prove that Jovah does not even shjnn. I’ve never been fond of overtly religious themes in fiction, and I would usually avoid a book achangel focuses too much on religion.

Yet there is nothing lecturing or moralistic about this arcjangel. It is entirely believable, and there are hints throughout about how these people came to be on Samaria that a reader can guess at, making Jovah’s response to the prayers of the Angels all the more fascinating.

Gabriel is a strangely lovable character – strange, because he is a difficult man – while Rachel is so stubborn as to infuriate at sjinn. But the very fact that they can provoke such strong reactions in me is testament to the success and skill of Shinn’s writing. Shinn does not dawdle, wallow or pander. Her touch is light and effortless, simply drawing you along in the wake of Rachel and Gabriel, watching and caring and intrigued.

It is also interesting to read shonn a background of discord and disharmony, of prejudice and enslavement and terror. This book is a rich tapestry of issues woven through a bittersweet love story. I only wish Gabriel and Rachel had resolved arcnangel differences earlier; I do love to spend time with literary couples who respond in less antagonistic ways to each other.


Archangel (Samaria, #1) by Sharon Shinn

View all 15 comments. Jul 15, Emily rated it really liked it Recommended to Emily by: Very creative and different. The characters were compelling and deep but sometimes annoying. Note – Archangel is not a Romance novel. That wrchangel the religio Fabulous book! That said the religious references are overt, but Archangel is not religious fiction.


The plot employs some Christian scenarios, but it shibn not supported by biblical or historical references. If so, she the whiniest most unlikable Mary Sue ever. BTW, is it just me or does it seem like there are a surplus of sue-hunters these days?

View all 3 comments. Dec 20, Lightreads rated it liked it Shelves: Oh, and he wears leather. The angel, not the AI. Id vortex or bust, if you know what I mean, and it was mostly a bust for me. And it could never quite decide if it was a clumsy little young adult bit of wanking, or something else.

Not as sexually skeezey as expected, nor as emotionally immature. Actually pretty arhcangel up and interesting when it forgot it was a book where all our heroes are righteous and the unrighteous get literally smited no really. Sep 27, Keertana rated it really liked it Shelves: Utterly torn in fact. 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.

I suppose I’ll start at the beginning. I woke up early today morning archamgel plenty of time left before I really needed to be out of bed. Thus, I perused my Kindle library and stumbled upon this.

I thought I’d r Rating: I thought I’d read a chapter or two before lazily making my way out of bed, but before I knew it, it was time for lunch I completely missed breakfast! 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.

archanggel Archangel is the first of a series of five novels that all take place in the fantasy land of Samaria. From the surface, Archangel is nothing more than a romance. Gabriel has been chosen by Jovah, the God, to become the next Archangel, or ruler of Samaria. Every twenty years a new Archangel is installed and they assume their power when they sing during the annual Gloria ritual with their angelica, or chosen bride. The angelica is chosen by Jovah as well and Gabriel is told that her name is Rachel.

Thus, with less than six months before the Gloria, Gabriel must find his wife.