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  • Library Binding: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-05-29; Reprint edition (May 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435290062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435290068
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan on Jan. 2 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sharon Shinn, one of my favorite authors, usually provides an intelligent and entertaining view of her wonderfully imaginative worlds. She introduced us to Samaria (a world colonized by Terrans so long ago, no one remembers that they're a colony) in "Archangel", a very good book. That was 5 books ago, and it is long past time to leave Samaria and open up fresh story lines. I know she can do it, because she has, beautifully, in "Summers at Castle Auburn" and in "Wrapt in Crystal." But, in Angelica, Shinn has simply plagiarized herself. This story line is done, and past done. If you've never read Shinn, you'll enjoy this book, because you won't know any better. But what's great is you can then go on to others much more worthy of a first rate author. I give "Angelica" 2 stars only because I'm comparing it to other Shinn novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MD on Nov. 2 2003
Format: Hardcover
I love Sharon Shinn, LOVED every book she's written including the first three books in this continuing series. Halfway through ANGELICA I found myself wondering if I'd accidentally bought one of them over again. It's the same basic idea repackaged, though, this time with less insightful social commentary and more drawn-out chapters that revolve around the less enthrawling (and sometimes annoying) supporting characters. I did read the whole book so I can't complain to much, I guess. But when I'm paying top dollar for a hardcover from an author I've grown to ADORE, I suppose I expect progression and not reiteration. The cynical part of me wonders if she is padding ANGELICA in order to stretch the story line into a second trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 4 2003
Format: Hardcover
What I liked about this book was the transition of character relationships. Although the progress of Miriam's and Jossis' relationship spanned a few pages, it took a good pace. As for Gaaron's and Susannah's relationship, that too was not rushed and I enjoyed that.
I don't get the part with the dark-men. They come to conquer and destroy but it took only for Susannah to rearrange the artillery to destroy them? Plus there is so much more about these people that we do not understand, or that I do not understand. Perhaps, Shinn will make a sequel?
Throughout some of the book I skimmed through parts; ones that seemed to mushy, others that did not require detail. There were times that I just wanted the story to move along that I skipped a page or two of descriptions to reach the next dialogue line. I guess maybe I just wanted to get my 20 dollars worth for this book and finish it already.
Not as good as Archangel but it doesn't quite lack in certain areas. The storyline was okay, but the characterization and growth process was excellent.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sharon Shinn's world of Samaria was an interesting concept in Archangel, and her blend of romance and SF did pretty well for the first few books. I think it's pretty much run its course by now. I won't bother to re-summarize the plot here, others have done it well already. I will say that there's nothing new here to keep us interested in this world. Shinn spends a lot of time setting up the characters and the danger they're in, but solves it in an unsatisfying rush at the end. And while these books can be read as stand-alones, unless you've read at least the first two you'll be totally confused by the ending. I like Shinn's characters and think she has a nice ear for dialogue and good skills in character-building, but she needs a new idea for this world. Die-hard Samaria fans will be happy to spend more time here, and I will give her next book a chance, but I hope it has more to offer than Angelica.
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By Ms. H. Sinton on June 14 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Angelica is the fourth of Sharon Shinns books about Samaria and it's inhabitants. This story however, is a prequel to the other three books, being set in earlier times than the others. Although these books are not a series and can be read in any order, I would recommend reading the others first.
Samaria is a world populated by the Mandaavi (merchants), Jansaii (crafty, secretive traders), Edori (peaceful nomads), mortals and lastly, angels (lofty and proud). All believe that the original settlers of their world were carried to Samaria in Jovah's own hands from their war torn homeworld. Jovah (their god) forbids technology as it could lead to the development of weapons and therefore war.
The Angels are the intermediaries between man and god. They raise their voices in song to pray for such bounty as medicines, rain, sunshine etc which god then provides. Every twenty years the god appoints a new Archangel, to guide the inhabitants of this land. Jovah also selects a spouse for the new archangel.
In this novel the new archangel is Gaaron (Gabriel Aaron). His bride is to be Susannah, an Edori woman who feels trapped in the angels Eyrie having spent all of her life wandering with her people and she is none too happy at being selected as the new Angelica.
To add to Gaarons troubles, there are problems in his peaceful world. Reports come in about mysterious men who appear and disappear at will and who are destroying whole camps of travellers. With no weapons they are helpless to fight back. While some are arguing for the creation of weapons others are fearful that Jovah's wrath will destroy them if they do develop them.
Sharon Shinn has created a series that is a mixture of romance, fantasy and science fiction. She has managed to produce something different from the usual tales in these genres and for anyone who appreciates something a little different I would highly recommend this.
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