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Sharon Shinn

Author of Archangel

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About the Author

Sharon Shinn was born in 1957. She is a novelist who writes combining fantasy, science fiction and romance. She attended and graduated from Northwestern University. She has published more than a dozen novels for adult and young adult readers. She works as a journalist in St. Louis Missouri. She is show more a frequent attender of science-fiction/ fantasy conventions such as ArmadilloCon26 and Capricorn 29 in 2009. Sharon Shinn donated her archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University. Sharon Shinn won the William Crawford Award for Achievement in Fantasy and was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A journalist who lives in St. Louis, Shinn is also the author of Archangel, Jovah's Angel, The Alleluia Files, Wrapt in Crystal, and The Shape-Changer's Wife. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Sharon Shinn

Archangel (1996) 1,872 copies, 55 reviews
Summers at Castle Auburn (2001) 1,232 copies, 34 reviews
Mystic and Rider (2005) 1,187 copies, 39 reviews
Jovah's Angel (1997) 1,166 copies, 21 reviews
The Alleluia Files (1998) 987 copies, 17 reviews
Angelica (2003) 864 copies, 14 reviews
The Thirteenth House (2006) 777 copies, 22 reviews
Angel-Seeker (2004) 770 copies, 27 reviews
The Shape-Changer's Wife (1995) — Author — 745 copies, 19 reviews
Dark Moon Defender (2006) 717 copies, 12 reviews
Reader and Raelynx (2007) 620 copies, 20 reviews
Troubled Waters (2010) — Author — 599 copies, 33 reviews
Heart of Gold (2000) 580 copies, 14 reviews
Jenna Starborn (2002) 546 copies, 27 reviews
The Safe-Keeper's Secret (2004) 546 copies, 17 reviews
Wrapt in Crystal (1999) 516 copies, 8 reviews
The Truth-Teller's Tale (2005) 471 copies, 14 reviews
Fortune and Fate (2008) 467 copies, 13 reviews
The Dream-Maker's Magic (2006) 348 copies, 13 reviews
Quatrain (2009) 293 copies, 10 reviews
To Weave a Web of Magic [Anthology 4-in-1] (2004) 261 copies, 14 reviews
General Winston's Daughter (2007) 254 copies, 16 reviews
Gateway (2009) 220 copies, 13 reviews
Royal Airs (2013) — Author — 213 copies, 10 reviews
Elemental Magic [Anthology 4-in-1] (2007) 207 copies, 11 reviews
The Shape of Desire (A Shifting Circle Novel) (2012) 173 copies, 15 reviews
Jeweled Fire (2015) — Author — 155 copies, 12 reviews
Shattered Warrior (2017) 142 copies, 12 reviews
Unquiet Land (2016) 113 copies, 7 reviews
Echo in Onyx (2019) 52 copies, 5 reviews
The Shuddering City (2020) 45 copies, 2 reviews
Echo in Emerald (2019) 33 copies, 4 reviews
Whispering Wood (2023) 31 copies, 3 reviews
Echo in Amethyst (2019) 28 copies, 4 reviews
Shadows of the Past (2021) 28 copies, 2 reviews
Nocturne 5 copies
Fallen Angel 2 copies

Associated Works

Firebirds Rising: An Original Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2006) — Contributor — 678 copies, 12 reviews
Never After (Anthology 4-in-1) (2009) — Contributor — 548 copies, 22 reviews
Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery and Fantasy (2004) — Contributor — 527 copies, 18 reviews
Angels of Darkness (2011) — Contributor — 424 copies, 31 reviews
Unusual Suspects: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy (2008) — Contributor — 408 copies, 10 reviews
Elemental (2006) — Contributor — 180 copies, 4 reviews
Fantastic Hope (2020) — Contributor — 140 copies, 13 reviews
Year's Best Fantasy 7 (2007) — Contributor — 61 copies, 1 review
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance (2012) — Contributor — 60 copies, 2 reviews


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Common Knowledge

Places of residence
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Northwestern University
Awards and honors
John W. Campbell Award Nominee



High drama, angst and emotions, lovely art, very real characters, and a deadly dangerous dystopia of a world post-conquering. . .

The story drops the reader into the middle and you pick up history and context along the way, done very smoothly. As are the changing allegiances and relationships between the characters. Consequences lurk around every corner, but as the characters themselves voice repeatedly, everything is dangerous in this world. The ending is open, but hopeful and not unsatisfying.… (more)
Kalira | 11 other reviews | May 14, 2024 |
Sharon Shinn is the master of slow-burn, clean romantic subplots. My favorite thing about them is that they are always mature, and the characters usually act quite reasonably. This book is a high fantasy quest, with a big helping of intrigue where the southern lords are plotting treason against the king. High fantasy quests are hard to make interesting because they can be meandering as the people questing go from town to town and it can be difficult in between episodes of dramatic things to pay attention. This book suffers a bit from that, but I can fully say that I don't have a lot of patience as a reader and quest fantasy is not my favorite sub-genre so I don't count that as a strike against this book. If you like quest fantasy you probably won't mind it. What saved it for me was that all of the characters were interesting, and I wanted to know more about them. I became terribly invested in each of the characters' relationships with each other. This book is also setup for mysteries and conflicts that will hopefully be revealed in the next books, so I will definitely be reading them.… (more)
kittyfoyle | 38 other reviews | Apr 23, 2024 |
This story read like a poorly-developed first, possibly second draft. The main character ("Val") was supposedly in her late 20's but comes across as a petulant, immature young girl. Val has some interesting aspects where she is tuned into the forest and the land, especially the 'heart tree', so what the heck was the author thinking by not designating her the Hunti prime? With such a strong narrative lead in, developments inexplicably fizzled as someone else in the family took over.

Add in a perfunctory romance: Sebastian, who was the oh-so-charming rogue and unpredictable smuggler-thief, especially with this eye-roll, cringe-worthy "I always loved you", and Val's "oh, I loved you too but didn't know" response. Such unwriterly tropes detract from any reader-engagement.

A real shock was Shinn’s loss of her usual excellent pacing: the story was into chapter 27 before anything actually happened. Finally, we see the plot take off. Except nope, over-the-top-action for a couple segments, followed by a chapter or two and the finale of Val's adventure hiding from pursuit in the Challinbar grove on her family estate was a flatlined rescue; ultimately, a boring dénouement was so trite, it was hard to believe someone else didn't ghost-write the story.

Where is the talent that is so evident in the first 4 Elemental Blessings books, not to mention the wonderful heroines like Zoe, (Troubled Waters), Rachel (Archangel, Samaria series), Senneth (Mystic & Rider, Twelve Houses series), for example? More importantly, where is her editor? Readers may be very disappointed with how Elemental Blessings was continued.
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SandyAMcPherson | 2 other reviews | Mar 4, 2024 |



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