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Quatrain (Samaria Chronological Order #1.5)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,108 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses books have fascinated readers and critics alike with their irresistible blend of fantasy, romance, and adventure. Now in Quatrain, she weaves compelling stories in four of the worlds that readers love in Fight, Blood, Gold, and Flame.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Ace (first published September 23rd 2009)
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Anne Osterlund
Feb 05, 2015 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
Salome is a former Angel Seeker. Long since having sought peace and security far from Windy Point, what will she do when both her greatest enemy and her former love re-enter her life?

Kerk is a man both bound and rejected by the strictures of Gold Mountain. When his stepmother’s new husband takes his business into the city, Kerk will find a world wholly different from the one in which he grew up. A world with great promise, but does it hold forgiveness?

Princess Zara is a refugee, seeking safety f
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Phoenixfalls
This was a deeply disappointing collection for me. It doesn't work for two reasons. The first reason is that, to borrow Jo Walton's phrasing, the initial volume in any of Shinn's series always blows me away, then each successive volume is only half as good as the one before. Two of the four novellas in this volume are set in the worlds of Shinn's two longest series, and those two novellas have reached only homeopathically good territory. The second reason is that I just don't think Shinn is capa ...more
Lark
Sep 03, 2015 Lark rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book is a collection of four stories from four different Sharon Shinn worlds. I've read completely through three of the four worlds and thought I might as well finish off even the short stories.

1. Flight.
Set in Samaria where angels sing in glorious voices for rain, medicine, and life. We get a sneak peek at the backstory of one of the villains in another novel. I was not terribly impressed with the story, because it felt like there was not enough characterization given to the villain. He wa
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Melissa
Jul 31, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
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Erin
Nov 10, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, Sharon Shinn fans
Sharon Shinn is one of my favorite contemporary authors because her stories are compelling, her main characters feel like people you know or want to know, and the worlds she creates seem real.

In Quatrain, Shinn tells four stories set in four separate worlds. The first--"Flight"--fits into her Samaria series--just before Gabriel becomes Archangel. Salome has spent the past 17 years avoiding angels and raising her niece, Sheba, and now her past is about to find her again.

In "Blood", Kerk's search
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Digne
Aug 29, 2015 Digne rated it it was amazing
This review only pertains to the novella "Blood."

"Blood" is a sequel to Shinn's Summers at Castle Auburn. I loved it when I read it, but it's possible I may love "Blood" even more. I just wish it was a full novel and not just a short novella. I keep wanting to reread this story, but it's so hard to remember which book had it. And various Google searches came up dry. So after finally finding it I'm adding this to my GoodReads so I'll be able to find it in the future even though I haven't read 3 o
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David Edmonds
Nov 05, 2010 David Edmonds rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010
This review ONLY deals with the novella, Flight.

So, this past weekend I found I had some time to kill in a Borders in Chicago, so I decided to pick up Quatrain by Sharon Shinn and read the Samaria novella. Quatrain consists of four novellas, each taking place in one of Shinn's worlds. I am a hug fan of the Samaria series, so was anxious to read this particular tale, but I didn't want to have to purchase the whole book for this one story (honestly, I haven't read any other of Shinn's series, so t
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Jeanna
Dec 30, 2009 Jeanna rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, romance
There were four novellas here, of which I read three:

Flight (1 star): Boy am I glad I read this rather than slogging through the Angels of Samaria books. I'd rather discover in 90 pages that I really hate a fictional world than get sucked into a series of five books. "Angels" in this world are people with power (generally corrupted) who sleep around whenever they feel like it, sing really well, and just happen to have wings. They bear no resemblance to creatures of light.

Blood: Didn't read this
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Kristian
Jun 02, 2010 Kristian rated it it was amazing
Quatrain is a set of four novellas each taking place in a different setting/world that the author has previously written about. So, for readers already familiar with the author, this book is a good chance to dive back into the worlds of good stories. For those who are new, it is a wonderful chance to sample the creativity of Sharon Shinn, as well as sample both her writing strengths and weaknesses.

The first story, Flight is a tale set in the world of Samaria (from her books Archangel, Jovah's A
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Jen
Apr 23, 2011 Jen rated it liked it
It's hard to rate a collection of four stories--each is so different. And I read the book a little while ago and turned it in, so I'm having trouble remembering the names of the four stories. But here's what I can remember:

* The evil angels in the Samaria one are too creepy for me. I did really enjoy the aunt/niece relationship, though.

* I liked the indigo/gulden story a lot. Let's hear it for men standing up for morality, for healthy families and for the mentoring of young men. I appreciated th
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Pluto Planet of Love
Quatrain, as the title suggests, contains four novellas. Each of the four novellas are a sort of post-script to another series or stand-alone novel by Sharon Shinn. Due to spoilers I really recommend reading the related works first before reading Quatrain. The four stories are Flight, a prequel to Archangel, Blood, a sequel to Heart of Gold, Gold, a sequel to Summers at Castle Auburn, and Fire, a prequel to Mystic and Rider.

Flight is a 4 star novella. Sameria is a world ruled by angels, who inte
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Carolyn
Sep 08, 2010 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2010-read
If you liked the worlds that Sharon Shinn created, you will enjoy a novella's worth of time revisiting each of them.
'Flight' set in Samaria (Archangel)
'Blood' set in the world of Heart of Gold (how I wish she'd write more set here!)
'Gold' set in the world of Summers at Castle Auburn
'Fire' set in the world of the Twelve Houses (Mystic and Rider)

I enjoyed them all, but my favorite story was 'Blood'.

Rachel
Nov 03, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I was largely disappointed by these stories - three of the four are ho-hum Here's Your Moral Lesson sledgehammers with zero chemistry between the romantic leads (where applicable - Flame wasn't a romance). In Flight, the romance seemed to occur in order to give Salome a ride at the end, and Gold was worse.

The only one of these that was good was Blood. It was interesting, less predictable, and had some moral grey area. I liked that there was actual chemistry between the leads, that it was slow in
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Gerrie
Feb 24, 2012 Gerrie rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5 stars because of the story "Blood." It was poignant, heart wrenching, and beautifully written. I didn't want it to end, and I kept rereading it. I enjoyed the other two stories, "Gold," and "Flame," because too they are set in the worlds of other Sharon Shinn books that I loved, and I give them both 4 stars.
Stephanie
Feb 10, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-sf-for-adults
*4.5 stars*

I love good novellas - they're such a fun length, just enough to really enjoy a long, discrete story without all the complications of a novel. Quatrain is a collection of four novellas, each set in a different world that Shinn's novels have been set in. I had read novels set in all those worlds before, but some of them I'd read SO long ago that I couldn't remember them in any detail. It didn't matter - these four stories stand alone perfectly, and the first three of them star heroines
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Shobhana Stoyanov
Feb 04, 2016 Shobhana Stoyanov rated it it was ok
meh.

I read the first tale. Well, sort of skimmed. Got bored. Angels, wings, Raphael is nasty blah blah.

I read the second. Slightly more interesting. Perhaps if I was 16 years old would have been better. The third - I didn't know the world so skipped it. Maybe it was the best? And the 4th was about Senneth, right before she meets Tayse. I didn't feel so interested.

Of all the books I have read, I enjoyed the elemental blessings and the twelve houses, but I think I need a break. It is like eating
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Rachel
Nov 26, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Matthew Galloway
Jan 29, 2012 Matthew Galloway rated it it was amazing
I had to pick this up right away, now that I have read books in each of the worlds represented in this book.

The Samaria story was interesting, especially as it had been so long since I'd read the novels that the world was almost new to me. It spurred me on to start rereading the series. Besides, how can you not like a story about how strong the love between a mother (even if adoptive) and child is?

The Heart of Gold story was extremely welcome. That was another great Shinn story, so it was intere
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Lin
Oct 11, 2011 Lin rated it really liked it
Flight - **** - I love Samaria. This novella is set near the end of Raphael's reign as archangel and is quite sad and sweet

Blood - **** - Heart of Gold was a mess of a novel - the main characters didn't even meet till half way through and there was soooo much exposition it hurt. Now though in Blood there is an established world and therefore Sharon Shinn can do what she does best and write characters. And it's nice to see that Nolan's strange decision at the end of Heart of Gold didn't destroy t
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Rachel
Aug 10, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
I have loved nearly every Sharon Shinn book that I've read. With that disclaimer aside, I was really looking forward to reading Quatrain. Short stories set in four of her diverse worlds? Yes, please!

Flight- While I liked getting to see what was going on at Windy Point prior to Archangel, it was a little sad. To think that one character had a piece of information that could have done a great deal of good (and probably could have averted the crisis in Archangel) and did nothing with it... I just d
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Jesse
Dec 29, 2011 Jesse rated it liked it
Although I can only give one, averaged, rating for the entire book, I still have to review them separately here, because they are like night and day. I’ve read some of the other reviews which referred to Sharon Shinn’s writing as “hit or miss” and I guess I never really understood that until I read this collection. Prior to this, the only thing I have read is her Twelve Houses series, which I love and strongly recommend. Because of that, I was pretty surprised when I read the first three stories ...more
Steph
Nov 29, 2012 Steph rated it it was amazing
I'm so happy I read this book finally, these stories were so entertaining!

Flight made me very excited to finally read the Samaria books, but by itself it was a very good story and seemed really well-rounded for a new reader. I was confused at first while reading Blood, never having read the other book where the story takes place, but it pulled me in after awhile. I'll definitely be checking out some of her other books. In Gold I was very happy to be back in the world where Summers at Castle Aub
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R.
Sep 22, 2010 R. rated it really liked it
In general, I'm skeptical of novellas and short stories. This is probably because I read a few too many of those "literary" short stories in college, which all ended up sounding the same in my mind after a while. But I just had to pick up this book, just because it was Sharon Shinn - and we all know I am just totally in love with Sharon Shinn. (What? You don't know that? Okay, more on that later.)

Quatrain is, like it sounds, a collection of four novellas, one set in each of four worlds that Shin
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Lady Jaye
Quatrain is a collection of four stories, each set in one of the distinctive worlds Sharon Shinn has previously written about. It was a very good read, as well as so much fun to revisit theses worlds. But the novellas left me wanting more. It was all well and good to read about new characters and new adventures, but I so badly wanted to know what had happened to old favorites :(, and the paltry glimpses we got didn't do it for me. Anyway:

Flight - 4.5 stars
We revisit Samaria, a few months before
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Bt
Nov 21, 2011 Bt rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of the series these novellas borrow from
Recommended to Bt by: Library search
It's hard for me to know how many stars to give this. I read two of the four novellas, and I hated one but liked the other.

The first one I read, "Flight" was no good - one star. It's from the world of Archangel, a series of books I would obvoiusly hate based on this novella; I found the whole world unlikeable and, as a Christian, just kind of over the line of irreverent and disrespectful [edit: after further research on the Archangel series, I have determined it may not be as bad in this area as
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Carrie
Sep 18, 2011 Carrie rated it liked it
This borders on "I really liked it" but I downgraded (Darn those non existent half stars!) to 3 stars since the stories weren't novels, were a little short, and were therefore unsatisfying to me. However, they piqued my interest enough that though I wasn't going to read anything else from this offer (some of her books sound dreadful); I may pick up the ones that relate to this book after all.
Explanation about the book in the author's own words below. In my opinion, who cares if they four storie
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Susan
Nov 26, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing
Sharon Shinn is a great friend of mine so I was excited to read QUATRAIN, which consists of four novellas from her various series. I had read GATEWAY, her stand-alone YA fantasy, and I really liked it. I don't normally pick up fantasy to read, but I'm very glad I dipped into QUATRAIN to get perspective on more of Sharon's work. I always hear so much about her ARCHANGEL books that it was great to learn more about them through the ARCHANGEL contribution in QUATRAIN. Who knew that these Archangels ...more
Kayt
May 01, 2010 Kayt rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Actually a 3.5. This is actually four short stories apparently set in worlds of book Sharon Shinn has already written, but I found they were perfectly enjoyable without being familiar with her other work.

Flight: 4/5 Set it a world of angels--sexy, promiscuous, and with a steady supply of willing women. Despite the description (which isn't as bad as it sounds, really), I was intrigued by the idea of the angels and the set-up of the world.

Blood: 4.5/5 This was obviously my favorite story. It was a
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Michele
Mar 03, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi_general
I bought this mostly for "Flight" which is set in the Samaria world, and it didn't disappoint. It's a standalone story set during the same time period as Archangel, and provides yet more evidence (if any was needed) of Raphael's evilness. "Blood" is excellent, if a little obvious in its social commentary, but has inspired me to finally read Heart of Gold which has been sitting on my bookshelf for literally years. No idea why I haven't gotten to it sooner. "Gold" was my least favorite, being a tr ...more
Sally
Four separate stories almost certainly deserve four separate reviews. Overall, I did enjoy this book enough so that I wanted to read the author's other works. Each of these stories is a short story based in another series created by the author. A clever idea - it gets people like me interested in her other works.

FLIGHT: From the Archangels series, this is the first and most intriguing story. It tells the story of another world in which angels and men mingle freely, and while most of the world wo
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Samaria Chronological Order (5 books)
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"You know, it's so rare that I actually do that, and yet that's always the first question anyone asks me." -Senneth”
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