Angel-Seeker Mass Market Paperback – Feb 22 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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 outneither of the women singsand 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
However, I've enjoyed other Shinn books like Summers at Castle Auburn. But Angel Seeker is just as good as Archangel, even only a little.
One thing I look for in a story is character development. Although completely subjective, my opinion of Rebekah is high. I empathized her rebellious nature and admired her selfless ways. I found her honesty amusing since its coming from an inexperienced girl who doesn't know better when it comes to keeping certain things to yourself. I also found her devoted if not to Obadiah at first, to tradition.
Obadiah is an admirable character. He still had to get rid of his loose ways but he was devoted to Rebekah and he treated her kindly.
I admire Elizabeth for her selflessness though I didn't quite admire her intentions with Obadiah after he had come back with his excursion with Rebekah. All the same, Elizabeth proved herself and was even given a chance at love with a fellow Edori, Rufus.
Perhaps, the only weak parts in the book were one, the ending was not as climactic as Archangel. Much of the story centered on the relationship development between Obadiah and Rebekah despite handling issues such as domestic abuse and promiscuity. There really wasn't a villian in Angel Seeker like in Archangel but the storyline itself makes up for that.
Also, another weak point was the dialogue. In certain situations, it seemed almost poetic and too proper. Obadiah would be spitting out something that he probably gotten from a poem somewhere and made a mental note to remeber it for the next time he runs into another pretty lady. Other than that, I enjoyed the story and will one day pick it up again when I've got nothing to do.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on May 16 2007 by An outraged reader
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 morePublished on July 15 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. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by John A. Perrine
Ms. Shinn's Arab bias is quite evident, it's something I hadn't realized until I read her last book Angelica... Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Rosemary Bailey Brown
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. Read morePublished on April 26 2004
This series has always been a spell-binding read for me. The original trilogy was fantastic. From there it became a little repetitive. Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by Neker
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 morePublished on March 17 2004 by Randlehouse
Sharon Shinn had three plots. One for Archangel, one for Jovah's Angel, and another for The Alleluia Files. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by Rebekah