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Fantasy - Winner of the William Crawford Award for achievement in Fantasy.
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"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."--Anne McCaffrey"Taut, inventive, often mesmerizing, with a splendid pair of predestined lovers."--Kirkus Reviews "Displaying sure command of characterization and vividly imagined settings, Shinn absorbs us in the story...an entertaining SF-fantasy blend that should please fan of both genres."--Booklist "Excellent world building, charming characterizations and a sweet plot...a garden of earthly delights."--Locus "Completely captivating."--Fantasy & Science Fiction From the Back Cover:
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"
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Book Description Penguin Putnam Inc, United States, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Reissue. Language: English. Brand new Book. From national bestselling author Sharon Shinn comes a stunningly beautiful novel of a distant future--where the fate of the world rests on the voice of an angel. Through science, faith, and force of will, the Harmonics carved out for themselves a society that they conceived as perfect. Diverse peoples held together by respect for each other. Angels to guard the mortals and mystics to guard the forbidden knowldge. Jehovah to watch over them all. Generations later, the armed starship Jehovah still looms over the planet of Samaria, programmed to unleash its arsenal if peace is not sustained. But with the coming of an age of corruption, Samaria's only hope lies in the crowning of a new Archangel. The oracles have chosen Gabriel for this honor, and further decreed that he must first wed a mortal woman named Rachel. It is his destiny and hers. And Gabriel is certain that she will greet the news of her betrothal with enthusiasm, and a devotion to duty equal to his own. Rachel, however, has other ideas. Winner of the William Crawford Award for Achievement in FantasyNominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Seller Inventory # AAS9780441004324
Book Description Ace, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0441004326
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Book Description Ace, 1997. Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0441004326