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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent character development over an extended time period
This trilogy truly lives up to the potential of the first book, a rarity in publishing. I was very much impressed by Shinn's characterizations as well as her ability to balance historical perspective with individual beliefs. The growth of faith and the ultimate transition from a theocracy to a technocracy was amazing. The lapse of time, a couple hundred years,...
Published on 7 July 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars While a fine book, no comparison to The Archangel.
I discovered Sharon Shinn's writing when I first read The Archangel - her first book dealing with the people and angles of Samaria. With that book I was truly amazed and enraptured with the world and particularly the characters which she created. The love of Gabriel and Rachel is quite honestly one of the best written stories I have ever read. Since then I have always...
Published on 21 Mar. 1998


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent character development over an extended time period, 7 July 1999
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This review is from: Samaria Trilogy: 3: The Alleluia Files (Angel (Candlewick)) (Mass Market Paperback)
This trilogy truly lives up to the potential of the first book, a rarity in publishing. I was very much impressed by Shinn's characterizations as well as her ability to balance historical perspective with individual beliefs. The growth of faith and the ultimate transition from a theocracy to a technocracy was amazing. The lapse of time, a couple hundred years, between each book allowed Shinn to explore sociological changes in a highly personalized context. It also gives ample demostration of how historical remembrance shifts to fit the needs of the current time. Her plotting is excellent, her dialogue realistic and her descriptions evocative. All in all an excellent book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Traditional SF in a Series Known for Romance, 20 Feb. 1999
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This book is different than the other two but just as good. It focuses more on the ways technology changes society than on the romance and "secret mysteries" of the planet. The theme change may upset some people who were hoping to read the same book over again with different characters. Pay no attention to them. It's a very well done book, written in the same clear, vivid prose that made her other two angel books so great. The characters are no more poorly developed than in a lot of other SF, and this book is clearly meant to be more traditional SF. Appreciate it on its own terms rather than comparing it to its predecessors and you will not be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars While a fine book, no comparison to The Archangel., 21 Mar. 1998
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I discovered Sharon Shinn's writing when I first read The Archangel - her first book dealing with the people and angles of Samaria. With that book I was truly amazed and enraptured with the world and particularly the characters which she created. The love of Gabriel and Rachel is quite honestly one of the best written stories I have ever read. Since then I have always kept an eyes out for following books by Ms. Shinn. Sadly, after staying up late to finish it, I recognize "The Alleluia Files" following more in the steps of "Jovah's Angel", the second book in this series, with it's formula of more plot action than romance and far less compelling writing of both. Ms. Shinn has chosen to concentrate of the development of the land and it's society as opposed to the things which determine whether we too care what happens - the characters. I was not convinved of Tamar or Jared's personalities as they both to severe breaks out of character late in the book with sudden, wimpish, femeninity and bold cries of love and devotion without having had any real interaction yet! She also uses a gross amount of the author's trick of jumping from storyline to storyline just at a moment of high action. This effect may be achieved with style or perhaps twice but after the third and even fourth time I was more annoyed that overjoyed at having to wait fifty more pages to find out about the characters I had been cajoled into being interested in. I above anyone wanted this book to be worthy of a good reception and to be admired and loved in the same way as Archangel, but more do I want for readers of Sharon Shinn's work to know what they will be reading. For anyone who likes this author I would still recommend this book - there are some humorous referrals to "Archangel" and the plot is written with a sure hand which makes you interested in what happens to these people even if you are not interested in themselves. And the character handling is not all bad, there are moments when you see a sparkle of the same which made "archangel" so wonderful. If anything I would ask Ms. Shinn to remember the kind of characters she created in Archangel and the tension, action, and emotion they achieved through her hand. Any book that was written with those wonderful characters in mind would be well worth the reading. If anyone would like to discuss this book further I invite them to E-Mail me. I will be happy to talk, particularly with anyone who has similar high regards for "Archangel".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but still no "Archangel", 29 Jan. 1999
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I was looking forward very much to this book and, I must say, I was not disappointed. Even though it is not as good as "Archangel" (but "Jovah's Angel" also falls short of that), I still enjoyed it very much. I must agree with the previous reviewers that Mz. Shinn should have concentrated more on character development, in particular on Tamar and Jared. I would also have liked to know more about the Jacobite rebel Conran, because his behavior in the end was unexpectedly brusque and, above all, not very reasonable. In any case, I do hope that the author will continue her series about this world and, perhaps, write a few other books elaborating on already existing characters -- Gabriel and Rachel, Alleluiah during her time as an oracle, Jared and Tamar and Lucinda and Reuben after the end of "The Alleluiah Files."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 19 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: Samaria Trilogy: 3: The Alleluia Files (Angel (Candlewick)) (Mass Market Paperback)
This book brought tears to my eyes - mesmerising. It stands close to the first book Archangel and Sharon Shinn makes you feel so familiar with the characters and how they are feeling. Desparately romatic with a thrilling understory which kept me hooked. Well worth reading if you like the first two books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Mar. 2015
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Thanks. book arrived as described
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5.0 out of 5 stars read and enjoy!!, 28 Aug. 2014
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fab series, read and enjoy!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Not so freaking squishy!, 28 July 1999
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This review is from: Samaria Trilogy: 3: The Alleluia Files (Angel (Candlewick)) (Mass Market Paperback)
I've read all of Ms. Shinn's books, and while she has a wonderful grasp of phrase, she does tend to slide in cliched romances wrapped in the cloak of sci-fi/fantasy.
Therefore, it was a delight to read a book with her deft prose that wasn't dripping with gooey, traditional courtships. This is the first book in which Ms. Shinn has shown an ability to write real SF, not just dragons-and-angels for the ladies.
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