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Most of the inhabitants of Samaria are mortals, but the world also has angels who, by taking wing and praying to the god Jovah through song can ask the god for favorable weather and other aid. Once a year, the Samarian people gather for the annual Gloria, and sing prayers together to show unity and harmony. The Gloria is led by the archangel, leader of all the angels, and indeed, the most powerful person on Samaria, and his or her spouse, the angelica or angelico.
Both archangel and spouse are chosen by the god Jovah himself. Jovah selected Gabriel at age fifteen to become archangel on the Gloria of his thirtieth year, and that date is only six months away when Gabriel goes to the oracle to inquire as to the identity of his bride-to-be. When he searches Rachel out, Gabriel discovers that her village was destroyed eighteen years before.
Through some detective work, he learns that Rachel was adopted by one of the clans of the Edori, a nomadic people who practice what some consider a heretical faith. The morning after the wedding, a slave girl comes to light the fire in his room.
By a burning sensation in a crystal embedded in his arm, and by the lights showing in the crystal in her own arm, Gabriel recognized that the slave is his chosen wife.
Rachel has been a slave for five years and is finally about to be set free when the Archangel-elect announces to her that she is to be given one of the highest honors on Samaria — the position of angelica. But to Rachel this honor is suspect; as far as she is concerned it may as well be another form of enslavement.
She only reluctantly agrees to a marriage of convenience with Gabriel. At first Gabriel and Rachel are at odds over nearly everything, and it is only gradually, as they contend with some of the bigger conflicts on Samaria, and with the corrupt angel Raphael, who does not want to step down as archangel, that they begin to realize that perhaps the god did not make a mistake when he chose to pair them.
Reading Archangel was a bit like entering a vivid dream. I was flooded with beautiful images as I traveled Samaria, from the alabaster city of Semorrah. Against this backdrop angels take wing, voices soar, and Rachel and Gabriel fall in love. I too fell in love as I read Archangel, not only with the gorgeous world of Samaria, but with the wonderful characters.
Gabriel is a man who struggles to do what is right for all the people of Samaria, and an angel who watches this world from above, doing his best to protect it from harm. His determination to keep Samaria safe is heroic, even as it sometimes blinds him to other things. Gabriel also feels a powerful sense of duty, and though many responsibilities rest on his shoulders, over and over he finds his mind returning to Rachel.
As for Rachel, she is strong-willed, rebellious, stubborn, and always willing to champion the downtrodden. After five years of slavery, her freedom feels vital to her, as does helping those who need help.
There are terrific side characters in this book as well, all of them so believable that I could almost hold a conversation with them. I also love your graceful and lucid writing style, your good dialogue and your lovely descriptions. I give it an A. Janine Ballard loves well-paced, character-driven novels in romance, fantasy, YA, and the occasional outlier genre. Janine also writes fiction. Sharon Shinn writes beautiful stories. The first one is my fave, though.
She also wrote one called Heart of Gold, think that is the title that is excellent. Loved this book when I first read it — a long time ago. My mom loved them as well. I think she may have universal appeal? Excellent writer. She just dropped a new book today, Dark Moon Defender. Yes, Dark Moon Defender is coming out today. I am really looking forward to reading it. I liked Heart of Gold very much, although it took a long time for the hero and heroine to meet.
Reading this review has made me want to read Archangel NOW. Their relationship felt the same to me, and I really loved how Shinn could focus on their feelings for one another while still fleshing out the larger project of Samaria and its various issues, problems, and priorities. I loved the one Shinn book that I read, Heart of Gold Keishon, didn't we both read it for the group read? Maybe it's because I didn't go into the book expecting that they would end up falling in love, or maybe it was just the way Shinn built the tension between the two, but the way she used the theme of harmony worked really well for me.
Because in the end, it wasn't about Rachel and Gabriel singing the same notes, but rather that they blended together such that the unity of their voices seemed greater than the mere joining of individual notes. The theme of harmony plays a big role in the other books in this series as well, although some of the relationships in the later books are quieter. I think it works very well both on the level of harmony between the different people that make up the society of Samaria and on the level of harmony within a romantic relationship.
What was interesting to me about the book was the aspect of faith. In some ways I thought the book was almost like an inspirational — but a more thoughtful one.
Of course, when you go on to read the rest of the series, it becomes clear that what is happening is much more complex, but the author still uplifts belief, ceremony, and observance in Archangel. And exhilerating. I love that she has somewhere to go to be herself and rest and get away from everyone.
I loved that he had to walk up the hill and humble himself to reconcile with her. Gabriel is such a proud character and has reason to be, but I think Rachel will keep him humble. I thought it added another dimension to the characters. In some romances, it feels like what is most important to the characters is their romantic feelings.
In this book, romantic feelings are very important but so are other things, like faith and social justice. I thought that this made the romance more romantic, because it showed that the characters were people with full lives and that made everything about them, including their romantic feelings, feel more real.
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Archangel by Sharon Shinn
Most of the inhabitants of Samaria are mortals, but the world also has angels who, by taking wing and praying to the god Jovah through song can ask the god for favorable weather and other aid. Once a year, the Samarian people gather for the annual Gloria, and sing prayers together to show unity and harmony. The Gloria is led by the archangel, leader of all the angels, and indeed, the most powerful person on Samaria, and his or her spouse, the angelica or angelico. Both archangel and spouse are chosen by the god Jovah himself. Jovah selected Gabriel at age fifteen to become archangel on the Gloria of his thirtieth year, and that date is only six months away when Gabriel goes to the oracle to inquire as to the identity of his bride-to-be.
REVIEW: Archangel by Sharon Shinn
From national bestselling author Sharon Shinn comes a stunningly beautiful novel of a distant future—where the fate of the world rests on the voice of an angel… Through science, faith, and force of will, the Harmonics carved out for themselves a society that they conceived as perfect. Diverse peoples held together by respect for each other. Angels to guard the mortals and mystics to guard the forbidden knowldge. The oracles have chosen Gabriel for this honor, and further decreed that he must first wed a mortal woman named Rachel. It is his destiny and hers.
Archangel is a science fantasy novel by American writer Sharon Shinn. It is the first book in the Samaria series of novels. Angels and mortals, who need one another but have a love-hate relationship, inhabit the land of Samaria. The angels have wings and fly, and are taller and stronger than humans. Legends state that angels were made by Jovah to oversee Samaria under the guidance of the Archangel. The angels are supposed to protect humans, answer their petitions, solve their problems, and intercede to god for them by petitioning the god Jovah through song, especially for rain when the crops need it and the sun when it is stormy.