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Angelica [Library Binding]

Sharon Shinn
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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May 29 2008 1435290062 978-1435290068 Reprint
Two hundred years ago, in order to keep the peace in Samaria, the god Jovah created a legion of land-dwelling angels, led by an appointed Archangel. Now, Jovah has a new appointee: Archangel Gaaron. And for his life-mate, his Angelica, Jovah has chosen a woman named Susannah. With trepidation, she bows to the will of Jovah and an unspoken affection slowly develops between the two.

But there is a terrible threat besetting the land-black-clad strangers who call fire down from the sky, leaving death and destruction in their wake. And the true hearts of Archangel and Angelica may never be known, as the future of the planet hangs in the balance...

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In Samaria angels and mortals share a peaceful world. Guided from on high by a watchful, interactive presence, different tribes live in cities and aeries, or wander the plains by the river Galilee. One wanderer is Susannah, an Edori who loves every aspect of her life and clan, including her lover, Dathan. But when she discovers Dathan's unfaithfulness on the same evening that archangel-to-be Gaaron announces that the god has elected Susannah to be Gaaron's Angelica--his bride--she packs her bags, brokenhearted, and departs to Gaaron's aerie to discover the heart of the reserved but powerful angel leader. She befriends Gaaron's flighty sister Miriam, unknowingly providing means of escape when Miriam does something from whose consequences Garron can't protect her. Meanwhile, Samaria is mysteriously threatened by powerfully armed figures who vanish at will, leaving charred farms in their wake. Resuming her Samaria series, Shinn blends romance and sf gracefully enough to satisfy fantasy fans, too, especially if they adore Catherine Asaro or Orson Scott Card's Ships of Earth series. Roberta Johnson
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Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. She is the author of eight novels, including Angelica. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars unmoving but commendable Aug. 4 2003
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Time For A Change! Jan. 2 2004
By Susan
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Again? Nov. 2 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars great read June 14 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Pern will love this novel Feb. 29 2004
On the world of Samaria, the angels live among mankind and mate with mortals whose children can be either angel or mortal. They sing in prayer to their god Jovah and they have power to change the weather or rain down medicine for the sick. The Archangel who in a few months will be Gaaron guides all the angels. He goes to the oracle to request she ask the god who his bride should be and she tells him it is Susannah, an Edori woman.
Susannah loves the roaming life of the nomadic Edori and she is understandably shocked when Gaaron sweeps down in the middle of the clan and tells her their God expects her to marry him. She bows to Jovah's will and agrees to go to Gaaron's hold to be his wife. She struggles to acclimate to her new environment especially when the world is in a state of terror. Men from somewhere other than Samaria are randomly appearing and disappearing, leaving destruction in their wake. Gaaron is so concerned about the people that he ignores Susannah who is determined to force her angel to lean on her in times of trouble and learn to express what is in his heart.
Fans of Anne McCaffrey's Pern series are going to love ANGELICA, the fourth novel that deals with the unique culture of Samaria. Readers will believe that this world where angels walk alongside mortals really exists because the author goes into minute detail about its social and cultural infrastructure. Sharon Shinn is a gifted storyteller who makes the readers believe Samaria exists outside of the creative imagination of the author.
Harriet Klausner
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2.0 out of 5 stars Probably good for real Samaria fans
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. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by J. Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Not her best
I honestly enjoyed Ms. Shinn's Samaria series. The plots were interesting, and the characters varied, although she started slipping after Archangel, they were still readable. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Seth_Saoirse
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Published on May 25 2004 by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Singing angels, wandering tribes, an unknown evil...
Boredom propelled me one day to surf books on While I love the fantasy and vampire genre, I somehow accessed someone's scifi/romance listmania... Read more
Published on April 11 2004 by vampyredaemon "Laura"
5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking
this was an excellent book. as a first time reader of sharon shinn i have to say i am very impressed, this was easily one of the best books i have ever read. Read more
Published on June 4 2003 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts
Sharon Shinn has such tremendous talent and ability. Her prose is magnificent. Just a few sentences bring the world of Samaria alive - both its people and its land. Read more
Published on May 26 2003 by Ohio Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Blend of Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Romance
After reading the Samaria Trilogy, you will know what the future holds for the characters in this book, and it gives you a certain insight to their actions. Read more
Published on May 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Shinn back to what she does best
This book ties up all the lingering questions from the first 3 Samaria books. After reading this book you'll know more about Jovah, the coming of the people to Samaria, and the... Read more
Published on May 3 2003 by L. Coltharp
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