**spoiler alert** This is the 5th book in the Samria series, but the story actually takes places just after the 1st book Archangel.
The title of the...more**spoiler alert** This is the 5th book in the Samria series, but the story actually takes places just after the 1st book Archangel.
The title of the book, Angel-Seeker, refers to young women, groupies really, who are seeking out the Angels to have a sexual relationship with them. Angels are superior beings who act as intercessors for humanity with their god who floats above the land.
The people of Samaria are the descendants of the remnants of people who came in a space ship to settle the new planet. They have lost touch with their home world, and with most of the technology that brought them there. Angels are biologically altered humans.
Life is hard and mostly pastoral, and young women with no family or ties dream of producing an 'Angel Baby' to insure they will have a place to live and be taken care of for the remainder of their lives.
The Angels are aware of them, but don't object. It is difficult for Angels to reproduce and they are expected to attempt to do so quite regularly. Echoes of the distasteful female drudges who provide sexual favors in Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern series. Young women often die in childbirth when they bear an Angel baby, but they still try.
This story focuses on 2 women, one who is an Angel-Seeker, and one who is not, but meets and falls in love with an Angel.
The young woman who falls in love is from a very restrictive society that treats females as inferior, property and the bearers of male honor (can we say Muslim).
The writing is good, the story is told well, if a bit predictable and distasteful. The setting is done well as is the depiction of the Angels and their relationships with each other, and different types of humans. I liked the characters and came to care about them. There are perhaps too many coincidences that are required to make things work out, but that is often the case in many books that have plotting that isn't straightforward.(less)