**spoiler alert** First of all I loved this book. I scoured the internet for a copy and finally got my hands on one 2 days ago- today- I finished it!...more**spoiler alert** First of all I loved this book. I scoured the internet for a copy and finally got my hands on one 2 days ago- today- I finished it! I suppose it's not a thick novel- I wish it was though.
So here are my opinions and ramblings about this novel: Plotwise: There are lots of mini-stories in the main plot all beautifully interwoven by Shinn like an intrically woven Luminaux tapestry. The appreciations of the arts, music and all things artistic is described in very fine detail- I like the world Shinn created like a mixture of biblical ancient cities with hints of atlantis-like technology. Overall the whole world was intriguing. The main thread of the story is of course about Archangel-elect Gabriel and his bride-to-be Rachel. We follow them switching to their own point of views separated by chapters- and we follow their journeys through the land of Samaria- which is currently ruled by the rebellious and heretical Archangel Raphael.
All the other supporting characters have their own charm- altho very little was written about them (i suppose there were too many) you can't help but read between the lines- on what these characters may have had experienced before the unfolding of the events.
Shinn also injects subtle science fiction fairy dust which balances the dominating theological, (not forgetting-) ROMANTIC and political thread in that runs through the story.
Protagonists: Gabriel is well described as the dominant akpha male but also someone who has a very strong sense of what is right (which he claims he usually is! cheeky sod!) very much an opposite to Raphael. I really like Gabriel- I do admit I was a bit wary that his character might get a bit too cocky for his own good but like one of the characters have observed that he would be "humbled".
Rachel- I honestly have mixed emotions on whether I like her or not- the reason I don't like her is because of her irritatingly sutbborn for the sake of stubborness personality. But then again she reminds you that because of the hardships brought on at such an early age she has this "streetwise" attitude- or so she thinks.... but at other times she reverts back to being ladylike- and sometimes if you think Gabriel is confused about Rachel's mood swings- imagine reading about from a reader's point of view. But yes she is no doubt a strong independent woman- but she felt like she needed to prove it to everyone- even though she didn't have the need to do so.
The Baddie: Raphael- Died a bit easily and quickly- i suppose no one could pwn the smiting hand of god!
Saul- i'd tap that. enough said. (minus the creepy stalker tendencies of course)
the moral of the story: As we heard this saying time and time again:
Love DOES conquer all. Although the main characters themselves are flawed- they resolved their feeling in a vague exchange of words- even you the reader was most likely (well I certainly was!) saying to the book: "Just do it already!!!"- I wish the end was bit more meatier but i suppose it had an open ending- did they go back to the Eeyrie? or did Rachel stay at Hagar's Tooth away from Gabriel?
But anyway enough of my stupid ramblings: I would recommend this for anyone who loves reading about romance,theology, the idea of love, religion and race and of course sexy angels. x(less)