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
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 ›
Elizabeth, a poor relation in her cousin's home, runs away to Cedar Hills where the angels are constructing a new community. She hopes to catch the eye of an angel, give birth to his child, and live the rest of her life in luxury. Rebekah, a member of the nomadic Jansai tribe, isolated from the males not of her family, stumbles across the injured Obadiah in the desert and nurses him in secret back to health. Although they fall in love, Rebekah refuses to give up her way of life and family for an angel but both she and Elizabeth learn that what they think they want is not really their heart's desire.
For readers who follow the Samaria novels, ANGEL-SEEKER should be read after ARCH ANGEL and before JOVAH'S ANGEL'S. The Jansai will remind readers of gypsy clans crossed with women living in Purdah in the mid-east. There is enough romance in this novel to appeal to fans of this genre without disappointing those who prefer a solid science fiction tale. Sharon Shinn is a talented storyteller who makes world building seems so graceful and easy.
The characters in this book are not simple-they are flawed, all of them, and the conflict has to do with our halting experiences as human-beings of free choice. The study of the Jansai women, who live in a cultural situation not unlike many in our own contemporary world, was very interesting to me. ( Why does a woman choose to stay in hell? When does safety become imprisonment?) I'm with Sharon - I want to read stories that tell me in the end, we can be honorable, we can work against what is unjust, we can make mistakes and find redemption and real love is worth sacrifice. But the choices in this book are not facile - the conflict not easily resolved. For those who read for meaning, there is much to mull over in this bit of work. I haven't got a whole lot of time, but this story was worth what I invested in it. Besides, I got a kick out of reading it.
Finally, Raphael denied any need to sing praises to Jovah and brought his followers to Mount Galo to wait out the entire day which had been appointed for singing the Gloria. After the sun went down, Raphael announced that he was their god and the thunderbolts sizzled out of the sky to destroy him and all who were with him. A great storm blew over Samaria, the skies opened up, rain fell in torrents, and the rivers began to flood.
The next day, Gabriel lead the survivors in singing the Gloria and the skies calmed and peace returned to Samaria. Gabriel was chosen as the Archangel as foreseen by the oracles. He even convinced Rachel to marry him and become the Angelica.
In this novel, the angels have abandoned Windy Point and have begun to build another city of angels in Jordana. Cedar Hills is unlike any other angel hold, for it is down on the plains, easily accessible by ordinary humans. Gabriel appoints Nathan to rule the new city and so Nathan takes Magdalena, his new bride, and a group of Monteverde angels there to reestablish proper relations with the landholders who have been slighted for so long.
Gabriel has banned the enslavement of Edori and freed all the slaves. Now the Jansai are moaning about their economic difficulties. Since Nathan already has enough problems to handle, Gabriel sends Obadiah to handle relations with the Jansai.Read more ›
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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 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... Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by rba
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
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 morePublished on March 24 2004