Archangel (Samaria Series #1)

Archangel (Samaria Series #1)

by Sharon Shinn, Sharon Smith

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Overview

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. Jehovah to watch over them all...

Generations later, the armed starship Jehovah still looms over the planet of Samaria, programmed to unleash its arsenal if peace is not sustained. But with the coming of an age of corruption, Samaria's only hope lies in the crowning of a new Archangel. 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. 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...


Winner of the William Crawford Award for Achievement in Fantasy
Nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441004324
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Series: Samaria Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 255,945
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sharon Shinn is the national bestselling author of the Elemental Blessings novels, as well as the Shifting Circle novels. Her first novel, The Shape-Changer’s Wife, was a nominee for Locus’s Best First Fantasy Novel of 1995. She has won the William L. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She has also received an RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award and won RT Book Reviews’s 2010 Career Achievement Award in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category.

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I was fascinated by Archangel. Its premise is unusual, to say the least, with characters as provocative as the action. I was truly and deeply delighted.

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Archangel (Samaria Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable and we'll written!!!
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 7 days ago
I adore Sharon Shinn. This was my first book that I read by her. It amazes me how I still love to read this book. I am not an Angel kind of girl. But it doesn't matter. Like eating a homemade brownie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this entire series over 5 times. It's beautifully written and the characters are full and rich. Finding this series reminds me of when I first stumbled on McCaffery's dragon series.
sarahubasics on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I re-read this book every year or so. Excellent romance.
BooksWithoutBorders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm finding it difficult to decide how many stars to give this book. I remember reading Archangel in '97, when it was first released, and it becoming one of my favorites to reread. However, that was a long time ago, and I was in high school and things have changed a *little* bit since then! I remember loving the romance aspects of Archangel, aspects that I remember being somewhat disappointed with in the next two books of the trilogy. (Jovah's Angels and The Alleluia Files). And I remember loving the small trips into the philosophy of religion that Shinn included. Most of all, I think I was enamored with the cross of a fantasy and a romance, something that I must not have come across before Sharon Shinn.Now, hundreds of books later, I feel as though I've read a completely different book! I don't hate it, or even dislike it, but the romance that I used to reread for seems to be old news to me! :-( However, as an older (and hopefully wiser!) reader, I think I enjoy Shinn's writing style much more. And the forays into the history and formation of religion? I wish there were more! (Which there are in the 2 sequels.)Official opinion:Younger readers or readers not as familiar to the fantasy/romance crossover genre should def. read Archangel.More diverse readers might want to read Archangel as well, but more likely as a means to move onto Jovah's Angel and the Alleluia Files. The gem will be a combination of the 3 for you.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it first came out in the late 90s and loved it then. I just reread it, a decade older, and liked the story just as much as I did the first time. The big difference I see between my readings of it is that the romance - the core of this story - feels "forced"... like the author knew she had to put in a good romance, but rather than write realistic challenges or realistic feelings for the romance, she fell to stereotypes (angry, bitter, jaded woman and oblivious, stubborn man).I suspect this is standard outlining for the romance genre (normally I don't read romance), but I believe an author should be able to generate romantic interest without resorting to classic stereotypes.But, really, the story is still nearly a 5 star one - very interesting and engaging subject, very well written, and very hard to put down once you start.
mmillet on LibraryThing 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.
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love reading this over and over again. The characters have such depth and passion and the world building is fantastic. I like the pace of the story which blends action with psychological struggles.
Unreachableshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shinn introduces a detailed world with strong, appealing characters.
diana1963 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. I was asked to read this before publication as reviewer and I fell in love with Sharon's writing. The story is rich and clever. I literally sobbed through the last 45 pages because it was so well written. It and the others in the series sit on my bookshelf in pride of place. I re-read each one every year. I cannot get enough of this story line. I believe Sharon has a book of shorts coming out this year that will have another small installment based on this series. I cannot wait to read it. Her characters are full, rich and unforgettable. I cannot recommend this book and the rest in the series highly enough. Enjoy!!!
love2laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Strong writing makes for an incredibly compelling story. Although there are religious themes, that's not what makes the story so good, it's about people and societies, and the choices we make. Sounds dry as dust the way I'm describing it, but it's not!
cattriona on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on Amazon because of the good reviews, but couldn't help feeling that this would turn out to be some religious work. I could not have been more wrong. Shinn's created a new and intriguing way to think of angels in a more human sense. In her world, they interact with the mortals, directly respond to requests for, say, rain to help the crops, and the only real religious reference is vague references to a higher being. This is non-denominational, and thought-provoking to think of angels as, well, people. Highly recommended.
FishHeaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fast, interesting and thought provoking read. A must have in anyone's library I think. I received this book from a friend for Christmas and read it in one day. It captivated me from the very beginning and had me wanting to hear more about Gabriel and Rachel at the end.This book is set in a world that is divided in thirds. Has a premise based on harmony and leaves you asking many questions of yourself. It's not so much a book about God and the Bible as it poses questions to the reader in very subtle ways and merely uses names from the book itself. The story centers around Rachel, her lack of free will and leaves the reader wondering what decisions she will make once she does have the chance to use it. The backgrounds of the different races of people also captivated me. But mostly, I found myself enjoying the story of Rachel and Gabriel. The archangel-elect and his angelica.
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Can't give it enough praise. Really interesting world building and premise. Set in a vaguely familiar biblical world where Angels are real, flying beings, and not too angelic at that. Several books follow but this one has to be read first.
seitherin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of those romance novels wrapped in a cloak of something other so it will not be stuck with the romance genre tag. In this case, it is wrapped in the wings of angels so it can be a fantasy instead. Unfortunately, the writing style tosses romance novel grandiloquence amidst what is mostly mediocre wordsmithing. As a fantasy novel, the book leaves much to be desired. As a romance, it was a pretty good read.
Bonne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favorite book. If I had to had a favorite, this would be it. Classic love story, mixed with angels and adventure.
bookishjoxer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I thought it flowed well and The characters were beautifully written. I would definately read this book a second time!
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!