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January 08, 2007

Review: Archangel by Sharon Shinn

2007 Finishes: Books

1. Archangel by Sharon Shinn
Genre: sci fi/fantasy/romance
Rating: 4.3

I read this book for my sci fi/fantasy book club this month. In general, I thought it was really very good. It has a fantasy-type setting, but the plot follows many of the conventions of the traditional romance novel. It also deals with interesting issues of faith, theology, and duty. The characters were interesting and multi-dimensional, and the plot kept me turning pages. I will definitely be looking for more by this author.

I did have one major issue with this book, however. The synopsis at the beginning of the book gave information that was never stated within the actual text. It was hinted at a few times, and I kept expecting the climax of the novel to include the discovery of this information. But... it didn't, and I was left confused. Was this information that the reader was supposed to have, but not the characters? Was it something that would be revealed in a later book? What the heck was going on? Even though I loved the book, this is still nagging at me.

Posted by Kat at January 8, 2007 11:56 AM

You should ask Chappysmom - this is one of her favorite books, if I remember correctly!

Posted by: Chris at January 8, 2007 04:06 PM

Hmm, I'm curious--I don't think my copy HAS a synopsis at the front . . . but I do know that when she originally wrote the book, she had a prologue all ready to go, spelling out certain facts, but decided not to publish it. But there ARE revelations in the next two books (Jovah's Angel, and The Alleluia Files) both of which I highly recommend. Which, probably, isn't a surprise. I've made no secret of my love for Sharon Shinn's books! (grin)

Posted by: --Deb at January 8, 2007 06:06 PM
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