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Angelica Hardcover – March 4, 2003

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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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About the Author

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover; 1 edition (March 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044101013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441010134
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,853,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jill Myles on March 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
... Sharon Shinn is always on my must-buy list, and another Samaria book immediately catapults her at the top of my list. I found that ANGELICA was a satisfying return to a very rich and engrossing setting, and I read it in record time.
For those of you not familiar with the setting, Samaria is a world settled by the remnants of a religious colony, led by a host of angels that protect the common people. Shinn's stories deal with love and discovery of the world around them and their past as two common themes, and I truly love the way she handles things. Characters are definitely her strongpoint, and she's able to immediately make you feel for them at the very beginning of the book. Her prose is magnificent as well, and she's apt at making you truly feel you are *IN* the story.
ANGELICA follows the story of three people: Susannah, an Edori woman; Gaaron, the steadfast angel destined to be the next Archangel, and his hellion of a sister, Miriam. This storyline was hinted at in the pages of ARCHANGEL, and those wanting more of a taste of the Edori of Samaria will find this book a wonderful read. The Edori really play more of a role than the angels do, so those purely interested in the romance/angels aspect might be a bit disappointed if expecting it to be a clone of Archangel. The storyline follows Susannah the most, though the entire story is not romance-based like ARCHANGEL. Rather, we are thrown into the turmoil of the year just before Gaaron is to ascend to power, when strange visitors are attacking the peaceful people of Samaria, and they must decide what to do with the new, frightening threat. Shinn's storyline truly surprised me, and I found it very interesting. She always makes me wonder what she is doing next, and I find that delightful in an author.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence E. Wilson on March 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Return to the planet Samaria, where a secretive god watches over the land, where winged angels sing prayers to control the weather, and where opposites meet and find true love...Once again, the talented Ms. Shinn had created one of her fascinating melanges of fine world-building, music, and excellent characterization. ANGELICA takes place only a few hundred years after the founding of Samaria by interstellar colonists fleeing seeking peace and harmony, and at first glance, the plot may seem to echo that of ARCHANGEL, Shinn's first book in this series: Susannah, a woman of the wandering Edori tribes, has been selected by the overseeing "god" to marry Gaaron, the archangel-to-be. But as the story takes place much earlier in the history of the culture, and with mysterious violent invaders threatening lives and stability, the fascination with these people and this planet is woven anew, and differently, and engagingly. What is not different is Shinn's marvellous ability to evoke the glories of song, whether in formal prayers in an angel hold, or around an Edori campfire, along with her talent for creating the most memorable of characters and a truly unique socio-cultural matrix. Shinn is one of my favorite writers working today, and as I applaud her for this novel, I am impatiently awaiting the next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Longtin on April 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I just finished Angelica, and I'm sad! I was so thrilled about another Sameria book, I consider the trilogy to be my favorite books ever. It was so wonderful to be immersed in this amazing world again, and now it's over!
Samaria just feels like an old friend. Reading about the people, the cities, the angels again was so comforting. I absolutely adore the world Sharon Shinn has created. I think I would be happy with a thousand more tales of Samaria. By the way, I'm with the reviewer who said they had hoped for a book about Hagar. That would be an excellent fifth book! (Wishful thinking!)
Now, normally, I don't go for prequels. I don't like the kitschiness of it. I hate that we're supposed to go, "Oh but they don't even know what's going to happen in a few years." To me, it's slightly insulting. I feel like a pawn, and I hate it. But Angelica isn't like that in the slightest. There are very few allusions to events that are going to occur in two hundred years, and I appreciate that. This is simply a tale set on the same world, just at a different time. I loved that Mahalah is free to give her speeches about how the Samarians are forgetting who they are and where they came from.
My one and only problem is this: (and when I think about it, I have this problem with all of the books) the ending of the love story was very unsatisfying to me. She did the same thing in Archangel. I want MORE. She really seems to shy away from the physical, and I don't like that. I think she's really not giving us what we want, which is (not necessarily sex) but a more concrete form of intimacy than we're given. To me, she seems really hung up on these Jerry Maguire "you complete me" moments, and that just doesn't work when you end the book right there, you know?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan on January 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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