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Angel-Seeker [Mass Market Paperback]

Sharon Shinn
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Feb. 22 2005 Angel (Book 5)

The award-winning author returns to Samaria in this richly romantic tale that begins where Archangel left off. In that time, the women who craved the attention of angels were known as angel-seekers, a term used with awe by some--and scorn by others.

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The lack of music as well as emotional depth mars Shinn's otherwise engaging, romance-filled tale of strong, capable women, the fifth entry in her popular Samaria series. The action immediately follows that of the first book, Archangel (1996), as new leadership rebuilds Samaria. The angel Obadiah, central to the reconstruction plan, is struck from the sky by an unseen enemy. Wounded, he drags himself to a desert oasis, where rebellious Rebekah, sequestered from men like all Jansai women, defies her tribe and secretly cares for him. Rebekah later encounters Obadiah when she attends a fair dressed as a boy and they begin an intrigue. Meanwhile, Elizabeth, born to a life of privilege, has fallen on hard times. Longing for a return to luxury, she flees to an angel hold to become an angel-seeker, one of many women who desire to attract an angel and bear an angel child, since such a liaison guarantees a comfortable existence in the angel hold. The two women's stories bring them inexorably to a meeting. The music so important to Samaria doesn't ring out—neither of the women sings—and with three protagonists and two love stories, the novel covers perhaps too much ground. Still, Shinn smoothly blends the romantic sensibility of yesteryear with the feminism of today, all in a richly textured landscape.
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Shinn's new novel of Samaria, where angels and humans cohabit, is set in the time of rebuilding after the chaos of former archangel Raphael's fall and is told through the intertwining stories of the mortals Elizabeth and Rebekah and the angel Obadiah. Elizabeth, forced by circumstances to be a servant in her cousin's house, leaves abruptly for the new community of Cedar Hills, where she hopes to take an angel lover. Rebekah, a young Jansai woman, is dissatisfied with her life but sees no alternatives to it. Obadiah is sent by Gabriel to live in Cedar Hills and negotiate with the Jansai over issues surrounding the now-forbidden enslavement of the Elori tribes. Injured over the desert, Obadiah is found by Rebekah, who tends him and has her life turned upside-down. From Elizabeth's discovery that an angel is perhaps not the kind of lover she seeks to the fracturing of Jansai custom when Rebekah nearly dies for the crime of being loved by an angel, a solid read. Regina Schroeder
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have read, enjoyed and even highly recommended Shinn's other Angel-series books to others. So, I was stunned by how dreadful this one was. In past novels Shinn thinly veiled two of her planet's tribes -- one group were obviously arabs, and another group gypsy/jews. This novel tells the stories of two young women, one who is suppressed and almost killed by the arab-look-alikes, and the other who finds redemption in the arms of a jew-look-alike. The former is presented as a one-sided, nightmarish, diatribe against everything Arab you can imagine. The men are fat, greedy, self-centered, and oppressive. The women are denied basic human rights, confined to harem-like areas, hidden beyond veils, stoned to death if they disobey. Shinn obviously has a complete lack of respect for cultures other than her own. Rather than using fiction to bring insight into our own world, she uses it to spread bigotry. In this age of global conflict, we need and deserve greater knowledge, not kneejerk, uneducated passions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent beach book. July 5 2004
By rba
This book makes a great beach book. It follows each of the three narrators for a chapter or so at a time, providing the reader with plenty of places to stop without hurting the suspense. There is significantly less political and religious debate in this book than in the previous Samaria novels; instead, Shinn focused on the differences and similarities between two supposidly powerless women, Elizabeth and Rebekah, and the methods they use to affect their lots in life.
Elizabeth, a pampered Mandavvi daughter turned ignored, embittered servent, takes a laundress job at the Angel hold of Cedar Hills in the hopes that she can catch the eye of an angel. Instead her hard work earns her the attention of a proment doctor who wants to train her as an assistant - a more satisfying and dignifying job than that of angel-seeker but one that has much less job security than that of the mother of an angel.
Rebekah is an opinionated Jansai daughter about to be married off. Shinn is not very subtle in her distain for any culture that would cut women off from ouside contact and the Jansai life comes off sounding like Afghanistan under the Taliban. Rebekah's mildly discontent at her lot in life but can't imagine a different one. She rebels in small ways by arguing with her mother, sneaking out of her compound, and raising her younger brother to be kind and respectful to the women he will have complete authority over one day.
Obadiah is an angel recently sent to Cedar Falls as an ambassador to the Jansai at Breven. He is lonely and frustrated to find that he has little standing or authority among the Jansai. When he is attacked and injured flying between Breven and Cedar Hills, he makes an emergency landing 3 miles from Rebekah's caravan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love those angels! June 6 2004
This is an outstanding book. My favorite in the series is still Archangel, but Angel Seeker is not far behind in the page-turner department. This book also has the single most romantic scene I've ever read. Encore, Ms. Shinn!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angel Seeker - A hit! April 26 2004
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I will keep this brief as the synopsis by other reviewers doesn't need repeating. I have read all of Sharon Shinn's "Angel" books so far. This is second in time sequence and is one of the best of the after Archangel. I liked them all but this one had a far bigger emotional impact on me than any of the other stories. I hope that Sharon Shinn does more in the time period of Angelica or Archangel/Angel Seeker as I have found them the most interesting. The Angel characters and their role in this world are just fascinating.
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By Sophia
"Angel-Seeker" is the story of two women of Samaria. Elizabeth is a young woman who has lost all of her close family and yearns to recreate the security she knew as a child. At the first opportunity, she moves to new angel hold at Cedar Hills, hoping to attract an angel and bear an angel child, as she will then have a place forever. Rebekah is a Jansai woman who is preparing for her upcoming marriage. She encounters an angel who needs her help, tends him, and, gradually, they fall in love.
As other reviewers have mentioned, this story has several familiar themes, especially to "Jovah's Angel." It was nice to see familiar characters again. The theme of the wild young woman finding contentment with an Edori lover is somewhat overdone, although I found Elizabeth to be much more likeable and interesting than either Miriam (Angelica) or Delilah (Jovah's Angel). In fact, I found Elizabeth to be one of Shinn's more interesting and sympathetic characters, as she seems to grow and change throughout the book. Rebekah seemed a bit more passive and certainly somewhat cavalier regarding her own safety - and the potential disgrace she was bringing upon her family. If she is willing to risk all to take an angel lover, surely it would have occurred what risks she was running. She seems imaginative - I would have liked to see her chafe more at her restrictions and wonder more what it would be like to be born into a different type of family. Her reluctance to leave Breven (and her willingness to honor her betrothal) seem odd to me. Jordan was a wonderful character, one of my favorites - and the freeing of the Jansai women and seeing the Jansai men get theirs was a terrific scene. Delightful.
I do hope that Ms.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Response to outrageous comment
The book was ok even if it was not as good as the previous books in the series. More interesting however is the debate that it engendered in the review section. Read more
Published on May 16 2007 by An outraged reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Racist reviews should be banned on Amazon
I was appalled by the ignorant racists ranting about "jew look-alikes" in their reviews. Their hatred obviously rendered them unable to even see what was actually written in... Read more
Published on July 15 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars I have to agree...
Ms. Shinn's Arab bias is quite evident, it's something I hadn't realized until I read her last book Angelica... Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Seth_Saoirse
5.0 out of 5 stars fasinating
This series has always been a spell-binding read for me. The original trilogy was fantastic. From there it became a little repetitive. Read more
Published on April 12 2004 by Neker
5.0 out of 5 stars I have been swept away
Not since Archangel have I truly enjoyed another novel of Samaria. I actually gave up after Jovah's Angel and haven't even read The Alleluia Files. Read more
Published on March 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a disappointment
I must disagree with a couple of the reviews I have read here. Though the names of some of the characters in this book are familiar, the focus on the Jansai is fresh - and timely... Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by Randlehouse
3.0 out of 5 stars Same old same old...
Sharon Shinn had three plots. One for Archangel, one for Jovah's Angel, and another for The Alleluia Files. Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by Rebekah
3.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Read 'Archangel' First - This Is A DIRECT SEQUEL
'Angel-Seeker' is a direct follow-up book to 'Archangel', taking place a year after 'Archangel' ends, and following the angel Obadiah as he lives at the new angel-hold of Cedar... Read more
Published on March 14 2004
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