Angel-Seeker (Samaria Published Order #5/chronological #3)
by Sharon Shinn
What is it about:
The award-winning author returns to Samaria in this richly romantic tale that begins where Archangel left off. In that time, the women who craved the attention of angels were known as angel-seekers, a term used with awe by some--and scorn by others.
What did I think of it:
Of the Samaria books this one is most easily read as a standalone as the action and romance mostly isn't connected to the larger worldbuilding that is going on in this series.
This tells the story of two very different women: Elizabeth - a young woman who dreams of nothing more than finding an angel-lover and carrying his angelic offspring. And Rebekah - a young Jansai woman, who has her life planned out for her by the males in her family and grudgingly accepts this. Until she finds a wounded angel that is...
I will confess that although Elizabeth's journey to love and happiness is really well written, I just never clicked with her, even on rereads. She's too shallow at first and her change seems to go too smoothly. Still it's a nice story that shows that dreams don't always come true the way you want.
I love Rebekah's story. I know: the Jansai are once again all painted as scum, with Rebekah's younger brother as the one exception. Still I love the romance between her and Obediah. I love how she is so attracted to the angel that she can't stay away from him, but still refuses to leave her confined, but certain life behind for him and an uncertain life of freedom.
It's this love story that makes me reread this book and grumblingly accept the black and white worldbuilding. For fans of the series there are also cameos of characters from Archangel, and it gives a view of how people move on from events in that book as well.
All in all a very enjoyable read that I'm sure to revisit again in the future.
Why should you read it:
It's a very enjoyable SFF Romance read.
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