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Angelica: A Novel of Samaria (Samaria Published Order #4)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  3,098 ratings  ·  86 reviews
The national bestselling author makes her long-awaited journey back to Samaria. Two hundred years ago, the god Jovah created a legion of land dwelling angels, led by an appointed Archangel. Now, Jovah has a new appointee: Archangel Gaaron. For his life-mate, his Angelica, Jovah has chosen a woman named Susannah. Slowly, an unspoken affection develops between the two. But t ...more
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Published May 4th 2004 by Ace Books (first published March 4th 2003)
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Christine
This is the 4th book in the series, but it goes back in time to take place before the beginning of the 1st book. It stands alone as a romance between Garon, the next chosen archangel, and Suzannah, his chosen Angelica.

After thoroughly enjoying the previous two books in the series and at least finding myself inspired by the world building and politics of the original book, I was very disappointed with this one. It began more slowly than any book to date, spending an entire chapter boring me with
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Shoshana
This one was cool. The mysterious invaders are a great way to up the ante from the traditional variety of Samaria plot. I like Susannah and Gaaron (except for his name) and that they're a little more grounded than, say, Rachel and Gabriel or Rebekah and Obadiah or Elizabeth. And they're a good grounding for a flighty, emotional cast of supporting characters too, which characters I nonetheless like and think are a strong backbone for the book. Miriam's evolution might actually be my favorite aspe ...more
Angela
Two hundred years ago, the god Jovah created a legion of land-dwelling angels, led by an appointed Archangel. Now, Jovah has a new appointee: Archangel Gaaron. For his life-mate, his Angelica, Jovah has chosen a woman named Susannah. Slowly, an unspoken affection develops between the two. But there is a terrible threat besetting the land--and the true hearts of Archangel and Angelica may never be known. (cover blurb)

In Samaria angels and mortals share a peaceful world. Guided from on high by a
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Sarah
READ THIS ONE FIRST!

This whole series consumed me. At the time I was reading this series I somehow was very confused at the order in which to read them (I'm not sure if I didn't know how to use the internet...or what). Anyways, I ended up reading this book first (by accident) and was so in love with this world I hunted down and read all the other books.
The last one I read was the "The Alleluia Files" and to me this made logical sense. I can't say I would have been interested to read the rest of
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Ashley
Hmmmm. Sharon Shinn is a phenomenal writer, and that's certainly on display in Angelica. Her strength lies in her characterization; I loved (and loved to hate) the characters of Samaria. I was especially taken with Shinn's ability to create real, less likable people--Miriam especially. There's such a temptation to make people perfect with one superficial flaw, which is honestly no better than writing a Mary Sue. People like Miriam, however, are deeply imagined. Even if her actions aren't always ...more
Kelsey
The first three books of the Samaria series have a special place in my heart (I especially love The Alleluia Files), but Angelica doesn’t quite live up to its predecessors.

This book is set farther back in time than the other three (before Archangel). An odd choice, but I was willing to roll with it. Also, like the others in the series, it revolves around a romance—and therein lies the sticking point for me. Susannah, who is Edori, a member of the freedom-loving nomadic tribes, is called as the A
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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
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Christina
Plot: 6/7

I adore the Samaria books. The sweet romances, the conflicts, the multiple intertwining plot lines, it's all so very well done. This book is no exception! I really like the character of Miriam and her story, and while I wish there was a bit more wooing/romance between Gaaron and Susannah, their story was pretty fascinating too. (view spoiler)
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Jenn
Sharon Shinn returns to the planet called Samaria, with a new tale of an earlier time... Legend has it that the original settlers of Samaria were carried there by the loving hands of the god Jovah. To keep the peace, he created a legion of land-dwelling angels, led by an appointed Archangel. Now, two hundred years later, Jovah's latest appointee is the Archangel Gaaron, whose dependability and allegiance to the people of Samaria make him a wise choice. And for Gaaron's life-mate, his Angelica, J ...more
Anna
Sharon Shinn you're amazing! I love this story. I love everything about it. Each character had such a distinct personality, and felt so real to me, that I wished they were my friends. Shinn has such instinct with relationships. Her talent to write about human nature moves me. I feel as if she has her own special magnifying glass, peering into the core of our souls, allowing her to write stories that warm our hearts. I read Angelica at a difficult time in my life, and had I not had this uplifting ...more
Melanti
This book isn't as bad as my 2 stars seems to say. If one were reading it as a stand-alone novel, it works better. But taken as part of a series, it has much to be desired.

It's a very marshmallowy book. Kind of sweet, but not a huge amount of substance to it. It seems especially marshmallowy since a lot of the plot has been recycled from the first book. And I much preferred Rachel's fiery spirit to Susannah's passivity. There were several plot threads that would have been resolved MUCH earlier i
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LiteraryLover
In Angelica, Gaaron is next in line to become the Archangel. I didn't read the previous book in the series but I hear Angelica takes place at some time before it. Gaaron has a lot on his plate with the Gloria coming up in less than a year. He calls on the oracle to ask Jovah who is to be his angelica. The oracle gives him the name of an Edori woman named Susannah to be his bride. But things don't go exactly as Gaaron planned. Susannah has just ended a long relationship on bad terms and neither h ...more
Alicia
Sep 22, 2010 Alicia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alicia by: Angie
Shelves: happiness
So first of all, I have to say that I love Sharon Shinn. She creates such wonderful worlds that I keep wanting to return to time and time again.

I loved this book, that said there were a few problems I had with it. First of all, the story line with Miriam? In the beginning of that I was SO CONFUSED as to why the story was taking this detour to see where she was going and what she was doing. I definitely didn't see the point until much later and then it made sense and I was okay with it, but I wa
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Erin
Sep 28, 2007 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi/fantasy fans; laid-back Christian fiction fans
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
It took me a little longer to get into this book. I kept thinking it was supposed to be set in Palestine because the names are similar, but it's set on some other planet. Once I figured that out, the book went much more smoothly, and I really enjoyed it. It's not as gripping as "Mystic and Rider," etc., but it's pretty interesting trying to figure out what is really going on.

The basic premise is that there are angels (who don't seem to be immortal, just really healthy and with big wings) and reg
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Claire
I was impressed that, as a prequel, Angelica was able to present new and interesting aspects of Samarian society while respecting the constraints of the time period (no looming discovery of god-as-spaceship, no technological revolution), and the characters and communities were, as always, layered and sympathetic. The thing that kept me from entirely enjoying the book was that the scary violent space invaders were black. Samaria has always been a fairly whitewashed world, but as long as it stays ...more
Corinne
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Lin
This book flicks back several hundred years to times before the events of Archangel to tell the story of the Edori Angelica (mentioned before as a book read by Tamar in The Alleluia Files).
Susannah, an Edori dedicated with two Kiss's finds she is to be Angelica to the angel Gaaron. After an argument with her Edori lover she agrees to go with him to serve her god. Gaaron is a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Soon he will be archangel, but men who disappear at will have been dest
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M.J. Compton
I discovered this fourth book set in Shinn's Samaria quite by accident and was quickly drawn into the world of angels and weather intercessions and the Edori again. I was a bit disappointed in the conflict between Susannah and Gaaron -- there really didn't seem to be one, but I do love the world of Samaria and Jovah/Yovah. Shinn creates magic.
Darcy
I was a little disappointed in this book at the beginning because I wanted to see the aftermath of the big reveal from the last book and this one is set in the time before the first book of the series. Once I got past that I did enjoy this one. I loved getting to know more of the Edori lifestyle. I loved how Miriam was a handful for Garron and do think she ended up in the right place. Garron was interesting, with his upbringing emotions were such a foreign concept to him. Having being paired wit ...more
Jennifer
Much better than The Alleluia Files, this book goes back in time to visit Samaria just before Gabriel takes over as Archangel - alongside his Edori bride.

Samaria is under attach from mysterious "black men" who are destroying remote farmsteads and campsites of the Edori & Jansai, with no apparent motive. Gaaron (Gabriel Arron's nickname) is trying to figure out who these men are and how to stop them without violating the rule set down in the Librera against weapons. Meanwhile, his Edori bride
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Mattie Ford
Just Beautiful

This is one of my favorite books of all time. The story was so rich in details as well as emotions. I loved how Gaaron and Susannah slowly fell in love and the ending was just plain beautiful.

~ Mix Bluestocking
Melissa
If I was going to re-read this series I would start with Archangel then read Angel-Seeker,then Angelica then Jovah's Angels,The Alleluia Files. I like things to have order and this isn't even the time order but if you read Angelica first it gives too much away but in a time line it happens first.I liked this book better than others in the series. I have gotten wrapped up in this world and love it. Sad it is over but I know there are short stories of Samaria out there.I liked learning more about ...more
Meredith Galman
Another beautiful love story from Sharon Shinn on the world of Samaria. Susannah and Gaaron are beautifully matched, each demonstrating a different kind of strength. The conflict addresses the question of what might be happening in the wider universe the Samarians have chosen to forget. Unfortunately, the ultimate confrontation with the otherworldly visitors is supremely undramatic and unsatisfying, taking place largely offstage and with none of the principals even understanding what has happen ...more
Schnaucl
This is easily the weakest of the Samaria novels. None of the major characters are very interesting. The heroine seems weak in comparison to other female characters, and the male lead was uptight and unlikeable. Miriam started out as an immature brat and never really seemed to grow out of it, at least around her brother.

I'm troubled by the fact that intruder race has much darker skin and is ruthless and violent, almost to a man. The idea that violence is a trait that can be passed through the bl
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Mary Lauer
Love it. I definitely like it more every time I re-read it.
Kate
Sharon Shinn is the author I read when I need a nice bit of romantic fluff. She is probably the only author I read for romantic fluff. I like the fantasy world with a sci-fi backstory (Samaria). (There are more of the sci-fi elements in Angelica than most of the other Samaria books.) I like the different races of Samaria. I like the predictability of the main romantic relationship. The writing is good, and the descriptions of the main characters' interactions are very good. The Samaria books are ...more
Rachel
This book started out really slow. I'm glad I plugged through it. It does get better further along although I felt that there were several threads that were just dropped that the author could have done some amazing things with. I was surprised that she didn't further some situations frankly as it could have been a more keep you on the edge of your seat page turner kind of book instead of predictable and easy going. Still, it did get better as it went on so I give it three stars instead of two as ...more
Elizabeth
Love these books. Love them.
Loralee
Women trouble: A woman from the wandering Edori tribe gets chosen to be the wife of the new Archangel, a jealous friend complicates things, and a spoiled girl from the angel's hold must learn a new way of life. The plot for this book turns out to not be too different from Archangel, which has more going on and which I thought was better. But I've been on a Sharon Shinn kick, in part because her characters are well-drawn and the land feels so real that I enjoy immersing myself in it even when har ...more
RogueHireling
This book is actually a jump back in time, thus doesn't follow the time sequence of the previous three books. Which was a bit disappointing.

But it was also a very slow book to get into. I'm not sure if all the set up was necessary and couldn't have done with a bit more editing.

But none the less, after pushing on through the initial slow beginning I was well and truly hooked.

A wonderful read, well written with beautifully fleshed out characters and a rich world.

A fine addition to the Samaria
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