Archangel – Sharon Shinn

While browsing a book store before heading out for a business trip, my wife pointed me to this book.  I had never heard of Sharon Shinn and had never seen any reviews.  Frankly, I still don’t know why my wife was drawn to the book.  From the description, it’s not something I would normally read; however, I picked it up anyway and did indeed take it with me.

It was hard, so hard to put down.  It takes place on a planet that has seen better days.  Angels, not your typical angels in that they’re venial, conniving and all too human with the exception that they have wings are bigger and stronger and are the ruling class yet they are also servants in that they must answer the petitions from normal humans when weather becomes an issue.  The denizens of Samaria are not truly free to do what they want, they are dictated too as to whom they must wed and reproduce with.   Every year, angels and humans alike must gather on the plains for the “Gloria” else Jovah will destroy them all.

The Archangel elect, Gabriel, has been dictated that he must wed a mortal woman, Rachel who is reluctant and a complete pain in his….wings.

Rachel hates angels because of what the angels did to her family when she was younger.

Ultimately, they must sing as one at the Gloria, otherwise Jovah will bring down destruction on them all…so, she must suffer through the trials and tribulations with Gabriel whether she wants to or not, and if she falls in love along the way…well that’s just a bonus.

So, what is the deal with Samaria?  Why is it that the angels exist and why must they breed only with those they’re told to?  Some is explained in the first book, but, it does eventually play out in the subsequent books.

If you enjoy this, try the other books in the series:

  • Jovah’s Angel
  • The Alleluia Files
  • Angelica
  • Angel-Seeker

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