The Alleluia Files (Samaria Series #3)

The Alleluia Files (Samaria Series #3)

by Sharon Shinn

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Overview

Legend has it that the Alleluia Files contain the truth about the god of Samaria. Now, a child raised in captivity among the angels will journey the length and breadth of her world to seek the documents that will alter the face of Samaria forever...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441006205
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1999
Series: Samaria Series , #3
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 435,419
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.18(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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Alleluia Files (Samaria Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I accidentaly read the trilogy backwards, I still throughly enjoyed 'The Alleluia Files' to the fullest extent. The way in which Sharon Shinn depicted each character had me in awe. I have read a few other titles that contained angels, but none can really compare to this book. I love it so much that I have found myself re-reading for the fourth or fith time!!!
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Archangel and Jovah's Angel first came out in the late 90s, I read and loved them both. Recently I discovered that The Alleluia Files was a 3rd book in the series; I reread the first two books, then followed up with this one.I wish I hadn't.The Alleluia Files is not a bad book by any means, it's just not nearly as good as the first two. As others have commented, the author put in 2 romances and neither of them are as good or strong as the single romances in the other novels.The story is rushed because Shinn was trying to flesh out 2 romances and instead of making a new "bad-guy" she just took the power-hungry "stock" character from the earlier books and made him a fanatic.There was a nice little twist in the story, but it comes very late (4/5 of the way through) and is followed by a section that sounds more like a non-fiction discussion of religious fervor than a fantasy romance novel.Anyway, it's still a decent read, just don't taint the beautiful book of Jovah's Angel by reading this one right after it.
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one. Here the culture of the world expands, introducing groups who do not follow the common religious group. The characters in this one are quite fun as well.
love2laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Third part in the series again picks up in another time, but with more connections than the second to the first. Great themes, again, centred around religion, but really about society and power.
Unreachableshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As usual, Sharon Shinn gives impressive world-building and interesting characters.
bookishjoxer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked it well enough. It was good, but not as good as Archangel. I found it a little dry at times, but by the last part of the book I couldn't put it down.
jayble on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books ever, this concludes the begining trilogy of Samaria.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the final book in the original Samaria Trilogy. The Angel Alleluia discovered the secret of Samaria's god, Jovah. She created a written record of it. What is in those files could tear apart the religious fabric of her world. Now, different factions want those files - some want to destroy them, some want to expose them. This series is excellent!
ramichelson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book sums up the Archangel series. I must admit to being slightly dissappointed in it. Having read several of Shinn's books, I have noticed that she excels at this particular genre--fantasy and sci-fi with a little romance. Her straight out fantasy tends to drag on in a boring and slightly unfulfilling way. However, this book, probably because it was the sequel to the other Angel books, was not particularly interesting. The plotline is glaringly obvious, and the conclusion not in the least bit surprising. The characters, rather than the plotline, spurred to story on. The characters were well-drawn out, but altogether too reminiscent of characters in earlier books. Jared provides many parallels with Obadiah of Angel-Seeker, and Tamar is unmistakably drawn from Rachel of Archangel. Unfortunately, Jared and Tamar seem faded beside the original Obediah and Rachel. Their traits simply lack the color and distinction that their counterparts possess. Additionally, Shinn's ending is old and overused, and does not feel fulfilling. In prior books, Shinn gives the reader a resolution, but one that does not provide the summed-up feeling of some epilogues. The ending of Archangel, for instance, is one of affection and forgiveness, but suggests that everything will be all right. In The Alleluia Files, however, the solution tells what will happen to the individuals, but the society as a whole is not resolved. In earlier books Shinn could get away with the unspoken resolution; here, there is an end to one society, and another is beginning. The ending does not detail the new beginning, and since the ending is so predictable, that is not satisfying.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was hooked at the first word.Could not put is down. Wonderful, sexy mind graber. I would recoment this book to anyone. This was the greatest book that she wrote, the other ones were very disappointing.