Samaria, always Samaria

July 26, 2009 at 1:20 pm (Reviews) (, , , )

So, as I’m nearly finished Angelica, it is probably time that I spoke about Angel-Seeker.  This series of novels set in/on Samaria by Sharon Shinn has got to be one of my favourites.  Samaria is a place populated by some diverse ethnic groups of people and angels, that were brought, according to their mythology, in the hands of their God Jovah to this place as their world was about to self-destruct due to overpopulation and war.  To honour their escape, they chose not to develop weapons, and live a fairly primative life without much technology-although some exists.  The angels intercede with Jovah to change weather patterns, provide medicine and help by flying in the sky and singing particular hymns.  There’s a secret about Jovah, but we don’t know for sure until we read The Alleluia Files.

Angel-Seeker is in many a ways a love story-we have forbidden love between dn angel and the secluded daughter of a tribe, the love between an angel-seeker and a wandering man, and the dream of love between angel-seeker and an angel.  An angel-seeker is a woman who lives near the angel holds, hoping to catch the eye of an angel and bear him an angelic child, thus securing her future.  This book also shows us that what we wish for is perhaps not what we need.

I really enjoy this series-I find the characters believable and well thought out, I enjoy the premise behind the whole thing, and the perhaps faintly subversive comments upon modern religion.  So well-written too, these are books that I’ll read more than once, which for me means I love them.  In fact, I love them so much I’ve given them away, too.

Sharon Shinn is really a wonderful writer-I wish she’d write more but she does have a day job as well.  For those of you who like Jane Eyre as much as I do, and also enjoy science fiction, read Jenna Starborn.  It will seem wonderfully familiar…

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