Yay, it’s Friday! I love Fridays. I think I’ve said it several times in this blog. Anyway, I finished reading The Alleluia Files last night and I thought I’d post a review while the story is still fresh in my mind. I’ve enjoyed reading the first books in the series: Archangel and Jovah’s Angel and I was really curious about this one. It is set in the same world but a hundred years later than Jovah’s Angel and around two hundred and fifty years later than Archangel.
Here’s the summary from the back of the book with some sentences thrown in from Sharon Shinn’s website:
It has been one hundred years since the Archangel Alleluia and the mortal Caleb discovered the truth about the god of Samaria. Legend says they left a record of that truth, though no document has ever been found. In time, an underground cult arose, seeking to find again what Alleluia found. But the reigning Archangel Bael seeks to destroy the small dissident sect of Jacobites that spreads this heretic philosophy.
Yet some survived. Among them is Tamar, child of cultists, raised in captivity among the angels. Tamar believes that the Alleluia Files exist. She is determined to find them, and to free the people of Samaria from their fear of Jovah. In her search, she encounters the angel Jared, one of the members of his kind who have come to question the wisdom of Bael. Together, these two uneasy allies will journey the length and breadth of Samaria, risking their lives and the lives of their comrades, seeking a truth that will alter the face of Samaria forever…
At the same time, the angel Lucinda learns that her mother was a Jacobite — and Lucinda herself might have the key to uncovering the truth about Jovah.
Pretty hefty summary, huh? I tweaked the summary from two sources because I wanted to give a better, spoiler-free picture of what occurs in the book. As with the other Samaria books, this one revolves around certain characters, namely Tamar, Jared and Lucinda, and their interactions with each other. Tamar is a feisty and fiercely determined woman, brought up by Jacobites. She has been on the run her entire life and has a hard time trusting people. On the other hand, Jared is a happy-go-lucky type of angel. Even though he’s technically the leader at Monteverde, he’s never been passionate about anything. Tamar and Jared are total opposites, even in their beliefs, and it was such fun to watch them get on each other’s nerves because it’s so obvious that they admire each other underneath all the arguments. I have to admit, Jovah comes up with the most unlikely pairs but they end up suiting each other nicely.
While all of that is happening, the angel Lucinda is having her own adventures. Lucinda was brought up by her Aunt Gretchen in an isolated island called Angel Rock. Lucinda is an interesting person because you’d expect her to be shy and reserved, having grown up in an island with a population of twenty, but she’s not. She’s open-minded, eager to learn new things and does not back down when she’s being intimidated. At first, I kept thinking about what was Lucinda’s connection to the other characters and I only realized it around the middle of the book. I was so excited to finish reading to see how it will all unfold. I’m sorry to be so vague but I don’t want to mention spoilers.
The Alleluia Files is another excellent installment in the Samaria series. This series has become my favorite when it comes to books featuring angels. Although to be fair, there aren’t a lot of angel books out there. I highly recommend this series to fantasy fans. Here is Sharon Shinn’s suggestion on what order the Samaria books should be read:
The book of mine that is the clear favorite among readers is Archangel, so it’s not a bad idea to start with the Samaria series. I always think they should be read in the order in which they were published: Archangel, Jovah’s Angel, The Alleluia Files, Angelica, and Angel-Seeker. I know some people have read them chronologically, which would change the order to: Angelica, Archangel, Angel-Seeker, Jovah’s Angel, The Alleluia Files.