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Angel-Seeker (Samaria Chronological Order #3)

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The award-winning author returns to Samaria in this richly romantic tale that begins where Archangel left off. In that time, the women who craved the attention of angels were known as angel-seekers, a term used with awe by some--and scorn by others.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 22nd 2005 by Ace (first published 2004)
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This is a somewhat disjointed romantic fantasy set after the events of Archangel.

There are two main plots. Each has interesting moments, but they're barely connected. That makes the jump back in time that Shinn often does when shifting between perspectives seem even more jarring than it usually is in this series.

One story is about a formerly wealthy young woman who wants to reclaim her earlier lifestyle by trying to bear an angel's child. The other is about an isolated Jansai whose chance encoun
Five years ago I discovered the most awesome of awesome Sharon Shinn. I'd been walking past Archangel in the bookstore for ages at that point and passing it up every single time because of the cover. (Will I ever mend my cover snobbery ways??) I remember it was a recommendation by a very trusted Readerville friend that finally pushed me over the edge into buying a copy and giving it a shot. I didn't get past the first page--no, the first line--before falling irrevocably in love.
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I love the world that Sharon Shinn created with her Samaria books. I know there are a lot of series about angels out there but this one is really my favorite. I'm glad that Obadiah got his own story because he's a character that I really liked in Archangel. He is sent by the Archangel Gabriel to go to Breven and deal with the Jansai. The Jansai are merchants who have no love for angels, especially since Gabriel outlawed their main source of income - the slavery of the Edor
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This novel was written much later but follows-on about 2 years after the events of Archangel - even though this is technically the fifth book, it works superbly as a stand-alone novel, and reads as if it were #2.

The angels and people of Samaria are picking up the pieces after the god destroyed Mount Galo when the Gloria was not sung and Gabriel destroyed Windy Point where Raphael had ruled from. A new hold for the southern province of Jordana must be built to take its place. Gabriel appoints his
This book takes place shortly after the events of Archangel, although I believe Sharon Shinn wrote it after she wrote books that take place later - and I'm really glad she came back to the time period to write it! For one thing, it resolves (well, partially) the Nathan/Magdalena storyline that she leaves hanging at the end of Archangel. I mean, we still don't know what's so special about their baby, but it was satisfying to get a little more of their story.

But on to the major plot points/charact
National bestselling author Sharon Shinn returns once more to the planet of Samaria, where men and angels live under the watchful eye of the god Jovah, in this richly romantic tale, which begins where Archangel left off. In that time, the women who crave the attentions of angels were known as angel-seekers - a term used with awe by some, and scorn by others.
Elizabeth was born to wealth, but circumstances forced her to live as a servant in her cousin's household. Determined to change her life for
Set directly after the events in Archangel, Angel-Seeker deals with three main narratives:

Elizabeth - a spoiled rich brat who has lived in her cousin's house as a servant since her parents' disgrace and deaths. Looking to return to her life of ease, she sets out to bear an angel child (a rare, but highly sought after position), no matter the cost.

Rebekah - a veiled girl living in utter seclusion, under a ruthless patriarchal society. Although feeling repressed and pushing the boundaries of her
I'm not entirely sure how I managed to miss this one until now -- I love Shinn's Samaria series (though I can't quite get into her other fantasy series she's got running right now), and this is an excellent installment. It's not perfect, but what book is?

I really enjoyed the chance to return to the time period of Archangel and see Gabriel and Rachel from someone else's eyes -- I'm a real sucker for outsider point of view, in just about any form, and this is a good example of it. I really loved
Dan Thompson
This was the fifth and final book in Shinn’s Samaria series. It’s not that it reached any definitive conclusion to the series, just that it was the last one written and that the author has said she has no plans to write more of them.

I enjoyed it. It seemed to have a bit of a political message, but it was one I agree with.

All of these Samaria books are interesting blends of SF, fantasy, and romance. The SF bit is that we’re living in a world that is specifically not Earth but a distant colony of
Sep 06, 2010 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Holly by: Angie Thompson
Shelves: fantasy
In the foothills of the unexciting Jordana, Elizabeth is not your average farm cook. She doesn’t flirt, and she doesn’t blush at the grinning glance of a dimwitted farmer. She was born and raised for better things before her parents died. She may have little money but her pride is still intact. So it’s only natural that Elizabeth initially rejected seedy field hand Bennie’s offer for a ride with him to Cedar Hills. She doesn’t want to give him any false ideas but she’d more than almost anything ...more
Shinn's world is strangely intriguing, although I'm not sure what her intended audience is. Given the spoilery particulars of the world, I assume it tends not to appeal so much to a devoutly religious audience. This was her usual love story (it was more satisfying the first one or two times) and this time it had more than ever of oh, the Jansai (aka the not!Muslims) are so evil and everyone hates them and they're just terrible blah blah blah. Her allegory would be more interesting if there were ...more
4.5! I loved this book. It's vying for the spot of favorite with Jovah's Angel. Also, not spoiler-free. Haha.

I feel like in general, with this series, Shinn's beginnings are rather slow. But things quickly picked up with Obadiah. I love him so much, honestly. He might be my favorite male lead of the Samaria books I've read. He's really sweet, and kind, and gentle, and I love it. I was worried in the beginning when it was revealed that he's suffering from a broken heart over Rachel; I don't nece
D. Fritz
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I have always admired Sharon Shinn’s world building and the way she weaves her characters together and this story is no exception.
While being a direct sequel, you don’t have to have read Archangel to understand what’s going on here. All of the events are recapped when needed and the characters developed as you read. I actually felt like having a hazy memory of the first book worked in my favor here, as it allowed me to get to know the old characters all over again.
The new characters are well
Sep 13, 2008 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Debbie
Recommended to Valerie by: sequelmania
Shelves: fantasy-sf
I love this series, I've tried other books by Shinn and have not been able to appreciate them. But I think the concept here is fantastic, and the storytelling and characters are also tops.
Joy Weese Moll
Shinn is my favorite author to turn to when I want a gentle world to sink into. Angel-Seeker was a terrific book for starting the new year in a far-flung land.
Apr 22, 2012 Nozomi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
This installment is different from Shinn's other books in the Samaria series, for a variety of reasons.

1. Protagonists from groups of people that are generally presented as unlikable. Though it's technically racist to feel so, the Jansai are a sleezy group of people whom you can't help but dislike because of their customs and culture--how their women are treated. Also, Angel-Seekers, who can be described as groupies for angels, are a very degrading lot. Sexism is all around, and it's interestin
My favorite character from the first book get's his own novel set two years after Archangel. Sent to try and patch relationships with the villainous Jansai Obadiah is injured and rescued by a young unmarried Jansai woman, Rebekah. Of course the Jansai's oppressive treatment of women means she can't ever see him again, shouldn't have helped him in the first place. This leads to secretive meetings, Rebekah sneaking from her home, ever running the danger of getting caught and the heavy price even s ...more
Alyssa Archambo
This is by far my favorite of the Samaria series. My favorite has always been the first one, so I was very happy to return to the time period in which Archangel is set and reunite with a few familiar characters. Sharon Shinn mentions on her website that Angel-Seeker is also her favorite book of the series, and that is most definitely reflected in the writing. Compared to the others, Angel-Seeker is so full of life. (Not that the others weren't good!) Within pages of meeting Elizabeth, Obadiah, a ...more
Althea Ann
Samaria Series

If all romance books were like these, I might consider myself to be a fan of romance novels in general.
The 'Samaria' series is primarily romance - but it's balanced with enough other plot elements that it doesn't get too tedious. They're even frequently... romantic!... in a way that doesn't (usually) make me want to strangle the characters! (They're never explicit/erotic, though.)
I did read all five books back-to-back, which meant that some of the elements did get a little repetiti
I find this book a little difficult to review. Nothing of Shinn's that I've read has come close to Archangel, and so, while Angel-Seeker is a good book, it's still disappointing to return to the world of Samaria and find it... lacking.

Obadiah was find when he was a supporting character, backing up Rachel and Gabriel. As the main character of his own book, he lacks their force of personality and leaves something to be desired as a hero. Rebekah and Elizabeth are rather more interesting. Elizabeth
This one has to be my favorite of the series. I do find it odd that, this the last book, is set just a few years after the first one. If I had a complaint about this series that would be it. The books are all over the place in time but not necessarily in book number order.

Both of the woman in this story were extremely likeable, each for their own reasons, Rebekka, in her innocence and openness for life and Elizabeth, in her world weary view, wanting to just be safe and wanted in her life. Each o
I think this is my favorite book in the Samaria series. I was a little disappointed after reading the last book, and had thought I was done with the series, however, this book caught my eye for a fun relaxing summer read. I am very pleased with the choice. While Shinn is occasionally a little too obvious about where the story is going and heavy handed with the thinly veiled moral/cultural judgments, this book brings us the most interesting and realistic characters in this series yet. I would als ...more
This is a stand-alone novel in the Samaria series, set just after the events in the first book. It covers two separate romances, a woman named Elizabeth who goes to the new angel compound in hopes that she might become pregnant with an angel child and Rebekah, a Jansai woman who happens across an injured angel in the desert and nurses him back to health.

I was quite interested in Rebekah's story. The Jansai are a tribal race who keep their women sheltered, vailed, and treated as property. Yet eve
A Spellbinding Odyssey of Two Women on the Planet Samaria

Sharon Shinn's Samaria novels are among the most compelling examples of world building in contemporary science fiction, an intriguing mix of religious faith and technology coexisting uneasily on the human colonized world of Samaria; a world ruled benevolently for centuries by angels, bioengineered humans with wings. Having not read any of Shinn's work before, I was amazed that her world is nearly as richly textured as any I have found in c
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Mar 25, 2008 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
I started reading the Samaria series in the second half of 2007. Angel-Seeker is the latest book as of March 2008. Overall a good read, with some reservations.
Picky complaint 1: Why are winged humans called Angels and standard issue non-winged humans are colled Mortals? Angels can die, irrespective of wings, thus aren't they Mortals too?
2: It is starting to seem misogynist that most women in Samaria are downtrodden farmwives, laundresses or otherwise servantly characters. Why aren't some women s
Dec 06, 2007 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, people who read for plot and character development
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
It is so much better to read books in order! I started reading this one a couple months ago and then realized it actually came after Archangel, so I stopped and read that one first. When I returned to this one afterwards, it made so much more sense!

I don't know how Sharon Shinn does it, but her characters always seem to slowly, subtly grow and evolve over the course of the novel. Angel-Seeker follows the story of 2 women and an angel. One woman is an "angel-seeker"--someone whose life isn't that
This is the latest in the Samaria series, and I have enjoyed all of these books. This one does not delve any further into the mystery of this planet, inhabited by humans and "angels", but has a story that kept me enthralled until the end. The characters in this are two women who are leading very different lives, one a young Jansai woman who falls in love with an angel. The Jansai are a tribe who live near the desert, and keep women under tight control, locked in their homes, wearing veils, and f ...more
It's horrible to say, but I'm kind of glad that this is the last book. It saves me the trouble of deciding if I want to continue or give up.

There's nothing really wrong with the books, really. They just follow their own stereotypes too closely. The Edori are always kind, open hearted, and welcoming. The Jansai men are always strict, brutal and inflexible. The stereotypes wouldn't bug me nearly so much except that the Edori are so obviously Jews and the Jansai are so obviously Muslims. It gives t
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Samaria Chronological Order (5 books)
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  • Archangel (Samaria, #1)
  • Jovah's Angel (Samaria, #2)
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