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Publisher's Summary

A tale of the distant future by the author of The Shape-Changer's Wife brings listeners to a world in which the fate of all life rests on the voice of an angel.

©1997 Sharon Shinn (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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"Next in line to become archangel in the angel-led dominion of Samaria, Gabriel must lead the next chorale praising the god Jovah, which means he needs a wife - fast - to sing beside him. Guided by the local oracle and the light emanating from the Kiss of the Gods (a homing device in his wrist), he finds his Jovah-selected fiancee in a common Edori slave girl named Rachel. The marriage proves, however, anything but romantic....With place-names such as Gaza and Jordana, she tantalizingly hints at her Samaria's connection to an ancient Israeli past, and she tempers the angelic milieu with talk of her angels' technological heritage in an entertaining sf-fantasy blend that should please fans of both genres." (Booklist)

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  • R.
  • New Haven, CT, United States
  • 03-08-11

Good start, then began to drag

The setup for this book was really promising - interesting world-building, characters I liked, and a well-paced plot. But it teetered on the edge of "is-she-being-payed-by-the-word" territory during the last half or third of the book when almost every plot development was driven by the main characters refusing to communicate clearly with each other. Things got really draggy and there wasn't much of a satisfying payoff at the end. The narrator was okay - some of her character voices started to grate after a while. I realized that she sounded a little too much like David Sedaris' grandmother in "Naked" - "the fish, why he have the suicide?" Anyway, I didn't think this book was a waste of my time, but I am unlikely to listen to this author's other works.

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Ugh

What disappointed you about Archangel?

This book went on and on and on. I kept thinking it would surely be over soon and it was like the energizer bunny - it just kept going and going! I had the plot figured out and it all fell into place as expected. I liked the character, Gabriel, but had a hard time liking Naomi. I get that she has had a hard life and bad things happened, but she just never once bent even a little, and everything had to be on her terms.....to use a cliche, her way or the highway. I felt sorry for Gabriel and kept thinking he could surely find someone better than Naomi and wished that he had. I felt like he deserved better.

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The premise behind the book is what drew me in and at first, I really liked the world created by Shinn. By the end of the book, not so much. There was too much of a gap - both socially and politically - between the angels and the other people and the angels were not very nice as a whole. Actually, there weren't very many nice people or situations in this book at all; therefore, before I get super negative, suffice it to say that I will not be reading the rest of the books in this series and I am glad that this one was purchased on sale and not for full price.

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  • Christine
  • Thomasville, GA, United States
  • 11-01-11

Did not like this book

I could not even finish this audio. I am the type of person who has to finish everything no matter what and I did not even get thru the 1st part. I was disappointed by the reviews. This book is about a slave girl (who was only a slave for the last 5 years of her life) she is bitter and hates all. She has to marry an archangel. Who they dont even try to get along and do everything to stay apart. The archangel tries but Rachel does everything to keep her distance but comes on to another archangel. That is as far as I could get and had to stop. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THIS AUDIO.

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