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Publisher's Summary

The award-winning author returns to Samaria in this richly romantic tale that begins where Archangel left off. In that time, the women who craved the attention of angels were known as angel-seekers, a term used with awe by some - and scorn by others.

Listen to more in the Samaria series.
©2005 Sharon Shinn (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Shinn smoothly blends the romantic sensibility of yesteryear with the feminism of today, all in a richly textured landscape." (Publishers Weekly)
"A fascinating world built upon a complex system of technology and faith." (Library Journal)
"Shinn's new novel of Samaria, where angels and humans cohabit, is set in the time of rebuilding after the chaos of former archangel Raphael's fall and is told through the intertwining stories of the mortals Elizabeth and Rebekah and the angel Obadiah. Elizabeth, forced by circumstances to be a servant in her cousin's house, leaves abruptly for the new community of Cedar Hills, where she hopes to take an angel lover. Rebekah, a young Jansai woman, is dissatisfied with her life but sees no alternatives to it. Obadiah is sent by Gabriel to live in Cedar Hills and negotiate with the Jansai over issues surrounding the now-forbidden enslavement of the Elori tribes....a solid read." (Booklist)

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  • Budzkie
  • American Canyon, CA, United States
  • 02-15-11

Read as book 2

Though the 5th book in the Samaria saga, I got it as my second as this is the sequel to Archangel. I suggest you do so. More of a romance than a fantasy novel but still well written.

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  • Pauline
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 10-15-10

Entertainingly different slant on angels

Though I had not read the previous 4 books in this series, the story was well put together and wholly engaging on its own merits. Sharon Shinn put together a coherent world with very nicely developed characters. I'm so impressed that I'm going to start at the beginning of the series. Maybe by the time I'm done with the first 4 books, the 6th in the series will be written. I recommend this book as good story telling.

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story good. but book finished with much unsaid.

the sorty good as always . however seem to be missing proper ending. no Gloria. no answer from the jonsi . and what baby did Rebecca birth? how did Elizabeth end up? where is the end of the book plz. must be more past ch.33? very disappointed

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Enjoyable and a fun listen!

This is a good addition to the series. Not only did I enjoy the love story but I really was drawn to the narrating for the lead female. It put a smile on my face and made my day. I couldn't wait to hear her again. This is more of a romance than fantasy however it is worth the read. I wonder if we will hear from these characters in the next book in the series.

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