Sharon Shinn is one of my favorite authors. If you have read her novel, Summers at Castle Auburn, this won’t surprise you. It features a royal palace and a gutsy heroine a la another YA novel you may have read by yours truly.
Not surprisingly, Summers at Castle Auburn was my first Sharon Shinn discovery. A YA fantasy with castles, princesses, and magic is very unlikely to miss my radar.
Surprisingly, especially considering how great Summers at Castle Auburn is, it is not my favorite Sharon Shinn book.
That honor goes to Archangel—an absolutely fabulous piece of fantasy that will rob you of your sleep—even on the night before a very important exam—so BEWARE.
Shinn writes both YA and adult romantic fantasy, often with a unique sci-fi blend; and in this rare instance, I tend to love her adult fantasy/sci-fi even more than her YA—because I get to spend more time in the hearts of her characters and their wonderfully rich worlds. All of her novels are worth checking out; however my absolute must-reads are below. In the order of how much I love them.
Archangel (Archangel Trilogy #1)
An age of corruption has come to the land of Samaria, threatening its peace and placing the Samarians in grave danger. Their only hope lies in the crowning of a new Archangel. The oracles have chosen the privileged angel, Gabriel, and further decreed that first he must wed the slave woman, Rachel. Gabriel is certain that she will greet the news of her destiny with enthusiasm, and a devotion to duty equal to his own. Rachel, however, has other ideas.
Note: Initially, I was a bit hesitant to read this trilogy, due to the “angels.” I don’t like my main characters to be dead. But have no fear! These angels are neither dead nor religious figures. And Gabriel is definitely hot!
Summers at Castle Auburn
She was a girl with a talent for witchcraft and a taste for adventure. The illegitimate child of a royal lord, she longed for a man who could never be hers. And she lived for her summers at Castle Auburn.
She is a woman who has grown accustomed to standing alone. What she once loved, she has lost. Where she once saw joy, she now sees terrible injustice. And at the castle where she once lived in peace, she now walks in fear for her life.
Jovah’s Angel (Archangel Trilogy #2)
Destructive storms are sweeping the land of Samaria. Then the current Archangel is incapacitated and replaced by shy, unworldly Alleya (Alleluia). She must calm the weather, pacify the tribes, make Jovah hear her, forge a reconciliation with the previous Archangel, and find the man she is supposed to marry--in four months. Unfortunately, the tribes don't want to be pacified, the weather is uncooperative, Jovah is remote, the crippled Archangel is bitter, and Alleya's “destined” husband is identified by the oracles only as a "son of Jeremiah."
Just as addictive as the first Archangel novel!
Heart of Gold
A scientist by nature . . . he used his rational powers of observation to examine more closely the privileges he was born to enjoy—and the people he was raised to despise.
A rebel at heart . . . she followed her fiercest passions in the struggle to overthrow a legacy of hate—one that had poisoned her family for generations.
On a planet divided . . . between rich and poor, strong and weak, intellect and feeling, only one thing could bring these two opposites together: A strictly forbidden desire.
For justice. For equality. For each other.
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message 1: by Allysen (new)

Allysen I completely agree with you, Sharon Shinn is my absolutely favorite Author and I own all her books and have read them 3 times each at least. Summers At Castle Auburn was the first one I read too, but Troubled Waters is my favorite. Archangel is a close second, you just can't get hotter then Gabriel, well maybe Obadiah too. Oh ya.

message 2: by Anne (new)

Anne Osterlund Smile. I like Troubled Waters too. It reminded me of her earlier books. Which are, obviously, my favorites!

(who is off to answer backlogged Goodreads messages)

message 3: by joy (new)

joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire* that's so funny -- i, too, read summers at castle auburn first, but archangel earned a spot in my all-time top ten. loved it!

message 4: by Anne (new)

Anne Osterlund Hi Joy,

Yes, well the whole Archangel "cliff-hanger" scene. Really. How can you top that?!

(who is off to finish John Marsden's Hamlet)

message 5: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I love her too! One of my all time favs is Gateway! And the whole 13 houses series The MYstic and the Ryder is the best! Unfortunately I did not like her new book, I even wrote her and told her it was so unlike all her other books I was so sad. But I continue to love her!

message 6: by Jen (new)

Jen Great post! I feel Sharon Shinn should be more recognized than she is; "Summers at Castle Auburn" was my favorite a few years ago. And she really tried something different with the Archangel series.

message 7: by Anne (new)

Anne Osterlund Hi Melissa,

I'm glad you liked Gateway! I had heard that one was different, but it is available through my interlibrary loan program & rapidly approaching priority status on my to-read list. Personally, I liked the 13th House series more with every book. Shocked the heck out of me as Cammon was my least favorite character right up until his story, and then I LOVED it:)

(who would also really like to read Quatrain because she had heard one of the four stories is set in the same world as Heart of Gold)

message 8: by Ali (new)

Ali Great writeup! I first read Shinn in high school when I randomly picked up Archangel at the library. Devoured the series. Didn't pick her back up until after college (didn't do a lot of pleasure reading then) and adored Mystic & Rider. Soooo good! Just Bought Summers At Castle Auburn- pumped to give it a try. She's a fantastic author.

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