Every 20 years a new Archangel must be chosen to lead the people of Samaria in singing praise to Jovah, and thus to avert the destruction of the world. It is Gabriel's turn to be chosen, but first he must find the bride - the Angellica - alloted to him by Jovah.
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The great god Jovah has overseen peace on Samaria for five hundred years. Each year, a member of every clan and every race must attend the 'Gloria' to sing praise to the heavens in a show of forced unity. Every twenty years, a new Archangel is appointed to lead the people of Samaria – a figurehead to revere, an example of everyone.
That, at least, is the idea. The cynic, some might say atheist, Raphael faces to the end of his reign: now it's Gabriel's turn. But first he must find his bride, his Angelica, allotted to him by Jovah.
But Raphael is contemplating the unthinkable, and Rachel, the slavegirl destined to become Angelica, has absolutely no intention of marrying a snobbish arrogant angel like Gabriel. And if the Gloria isn't sung, Jovah's anger will know no bounds…
Sharon Shinn has created a superbly realistic fantasy world, a unique backdrop to a love/hate story that makes 'The Taming of the Shrew' look like a marriage guidance manual. Witty, irreverent and fascinating, 'Archangel' is the work of a very original new author – unique in concept, quite brilliant in execution.
"This is the real thing…a garden of earthly delights…an excellent fantasy romance"
"Taut, inventive, mesmerizing, with a splendid pair of disaffected, predestined lovers"
"I was fascinated by 'Archangel'. Its premise is unusual, to say the least, its characters as provocative as the action. I was truly, deeply delighted"
"Something really special…The spellbinding Ms Shinn writes with elegant imagination and a steely grace, bringing a remarkable freshness that will command a wide audience. Put this author at the top of your list of favorite writers"
Sharon Shinn graduated in journalism at Northwest University, Chicago, and works on ‘Decor’ magazine.
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