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A Gathering of Gargoyles (Darkangel Trilogy #2)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  3,958 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
In this spellbinding second book in the classic Darkangel Trilogy, Aeriel risks everything for the love of Irrylath. Aeriel's love has broken the curse on the darkangel Irrylath, making him human again and freeing him from the control of his mother, the dreaded White Witch. But the Witch is far from defeated. Her wicked plans require all seven of her vampyre sons, and she ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 263 pages
Published July 28th 1985 by Tom Doherty Assoc Llc (first published 1984)
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Following on the heels of THE DARKANGEL, Aeriel and Irrylath were married but in name only. She was aware something was amiss and, before long, took it upon herself to find out why. A riddle, her staff, the gargoyles and magic accompanied her on another adventure.

I fell in love with the author's unusual words, crisp descriptions (especially of food) and the many gray areas of the plot. Each character Aeriel met taught her something about her destiny without her actually aware of it. By the time
Lauren Schumacher
Jan 26, 2013 Lauren Schumacher rated it really liked it
The first book is a trial, and the second book is a journey. What always strikes me about this installment is our heroine's transformation into...a prophet, a sorceress, a scientist, take your pick. All her seemingly magical feats are explained so easily to her (and to us) as "help from another" or "not my doing" or "not what I intended." It reminds me of becoming an adult woman--a string of events mostly outside of your control makes you become sought-after, hated, desirable, a prize to control ...more
Apr 08, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
please god, let girls stop reading stephanie meyers & read this series instead!
This review is for A Gathering of Gargoyles and The Pearl of the Soul of the World

Some might think that the Darkangel Trilogy is in the paranormal genre because of the vampires, but it isn’t. It is mostly fantasy and even a little sci-fi. Pierce creates worlds, new species, and terminology.

The cover quote describes the books as Heart-warming and Heart-breaking and it truly is. Aeriel is a good heroine who follows the path of self discovery. She learns that to do great things it requires sacrif
Mar 08, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kristin, lisa
I found this book to be less interesting and enjoyable than the first and third of the trilogy, but still good. I was somewhat irked by how predictable several of the supposed "twists" were. Parts of the story lagged a bit too, and the book didn't have the same fairy tale feel as the first book. Certain parts were really neat though, like the dust shrimp and it's metamorphosis later in the story.
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the DarkAngel trilogy. If you liked the first book you will like this book. More happens in this book and it is just as creative as the first one. You definitely need to read the first book before reading this book though.

In this book Aeriel is living in the palace with her Prince, Irrylath and his family; the problem is Irrylath cannot stand to be around Aeriel because he is forced to be in love with the evil water witch. When the second part of the rime/prophecy is r
Ailsa Lillywhite
Sep 29, 2008 Ailsa Lillywhite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sort of figured that this was probably one of those series where the first book is really the only story and after that the narrative just kind of limps along so you get the satisfaction of knowing about the rest of the main character's lives. It's not though. You can actually tell that this is the next chapter in the story. There is more to know and experience and there are still questions that you didn't even know you had about the first story.

More of the world opens up and we get to see ju
This was the 2nd in the series and my favourite. I've always enjoyed the quests against witches such as LOTR and Narnia as a kid. I still do in my early '30s. I would have loved this book dearly in my youth.
The middle of series usually are my favourite because the set-up was already done but the ride isn't over.

I enjoyed the journey Aeriel took on her quest to reunite the lons to defeat the White Witch who still has her husband ensared. Irraylath is unable to love anyone until the witch is dead.
May 04, 2009 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

After cutting out her own heart and giving it to the darkangel Irrylath, Aeriel has not only found a way to save her world from the clutches of the White Witch and her seven icari, but she has also found a way to save Irrylath's soul. After breaking the curse on her new bridegroom, Aeriel and Irrylath make their way to Isternes, the childhood home of Irrylath, before he was treacherously traded away to the White Witch by his nursemaid Dirna for life and p
Another trilogy I won't bother to finish. Irrylath was far more interesting as a Darkangel than as human Irrylath. Too angsty. Thankfully he isn't around much, only in the first chapter or so and in the last one. We get to know why he can't "love" Aeriel. Not really a mystery, since the specters told Aeriel in the first book (view spoiler)

Aeriel starts a new adventure, but alas, she is not what she used to
Jul 24, 2011 Kiersten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent sequel to The Darkangel and a solid precursor to the third book of the trilogy. We learn some more history of Irrylath's enchantment, bring in a host of new characters, and awarded plenty of riveting plot twists along the way. We get a much broader picture of Aeriel's world in this installment, as she traverses half the nations and encounters different cultures and colorful people. I really enjoyed that aspect of it, and in some ways it had a "fuller" feel than the first book, as if ...more
Melissa McShane
Having rescued Irrylath and escaped to his mother's kingdom (his birth mother, not the witch who told him she was his mother), Aeriel is now stuck with a husband who won't even let her touch him and a reluctance to tell anyone the truth about where (or who) Irrylath has been for twenty-four years. When she receives the second part of Ravenna's rhyme, she sets out alone to solve it by finding and restoring the lost guardians ("lons") of the six other realms. The part that I still think is really ...more
Nov 28, 2009 Pickles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book better than the first, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book, but it seems like I might be the only reader who doesn't particularly like Aeriel. She just seems so clueless sometimes and some of the things she does make absolutely no sense. It seems like she can barely figure out anything for herself and everyone else is always having to give her the answers. I think the world and story are really interesting, though, and I like the side characters. I'll definitely ke ...more
Jan 01, 2009 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fantasy, young-adult
I enjoyed the second volume more than the first. The plot is allowed to stretch out more, while still staying interconnected, with no unecessary rambling.

Poor Aeriel is still in love with her prince-husband, but he cannot love her back, even though she has literally given him her heart. She really grows into her destined role of hero, though, and by the end of the book she is no longer a timid slave, but a force to be reckoned with. I like that it's not a feeling of destiny that drives her, thou
This book doesn't have the charm of Darkangel. It feels more forced and less like a fairytale. The references to other works are enjoyable but constructed. It is a satisfying read, but lacks the mastery that set the first book apart and I would recommend in conjunction with that and not alone.
Jun 07, 2015 Kristi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Upcoming read: I read the first book of this series back in the 80s and didn't realize it was continued. I'm looking forward to this for 2 reasons- 1 I adored this book as a kid/early teen and was pleasantly surprised there was a sequel, and 2, I'm curious to see how it holds up to my adult brain!
Jun 27, 2009 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Oh My, this series is seriously addictive. Meredith Ann Pierce, where have you been all my life?
Mar 21, 2017 Magdalena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this novel when it first came out. I loved the beautiful language. Beast became a prince and the not so beautiful heroine became both a beauty and a princess by her own merits and courage.
Okay, so I really enjoyed this book. I'll admit that the first half of the book didn't really hook me. only when Aeriel crossed the Sea did it get interesting. I really liked Aerirel's character (though occasionally she would do things that didn't make sense, but I'll get to that later). It was very refreshing to have a female main character who wasn't dependent on a guy, like so many YA girls are these days. She saw the it wouldn't work out with Irrylath and later to go on her quest, though she ...more
So, exactly one month since I started reading it, I'm finally done with 'A Gathering of Gargoyles'. It shouldn't have taken me nearly so long, and I'll go right ahead here and say that the length of time I took to read it had nothing to do with the book itself. Though not quite as enjoyable in my eyes as 'The Darkangel' was, 'A Gathering of Gargoyles' was still a pretty good book overall. I just had a lot of other stuff going on.

In keeping with the last book, a lot of the concepts in this second
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Tereza S.
Jan 04, 2013 Tereza S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ke druhému dílu Temného anděla jsem se dostala až po několika letech, takže mě mile překvapilo, že z toho prvního jsem si pamatovala skoro všechno. A když už mi přeci jenom něco vypadlo, tak jsem si na to prakticky hned zase vzpomněla, protože postavy se naštěstí často zmiňují o tom, co se dělo před tím.

Musím říct, že pustit se do téhle knihy pro mě byla příjemná změna. Po všech těch dystopiích, YA knihách nebo urban fantasy, je tohle zase něco trošku jiného. Máme tu úplně jiný svět, se svou vl
Jan 29, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Chanh Quach
This books just didn't do as much for me as it's predecessor.

The middle 200 pages or so were just dull. This wasn't just a little slow in the middle like the first one, it just stopped. There was not much urgency, just wandering around. The closest they seem to get is being pursued by bandits, but they're never actively threatened by the white witch for most of the book.

The other problem is Aeriel. In the first book she's naive; in this book she's dumb as a post. It works in the first book - she
Octavia Cade
I do love this series! Loved it as an adolescent, and still love it today. It's not perfect - there are bits of archaic phrases where I think Pierce is too self-consciously writing Fantasy with a capital F - but for sheer beauty of imagery it beats out nearly every other fantasy setting I've ever read. The world is so lush and beautiful and imaginative...

I also really appreciate the relationship (or lack thereof) between Aerial and Irrylath. So often in fantasy, the rescued princess is the love
Lolly's Library
It seems to follow a rule: The second book in a trilogy is invariably the weakest link, usually there only to bridge the story between the first and third books. I can't say this was 100% true for A Gathering of Gargoyles but I will say, if not the story, then the characters were weaker, especially Aeriel. I don't know what happened, but somehow she became dumber during the book. Despite numerous hints, whether about something as trivial as the cloak she wore or about something as important as h ...more
Book 2 of this trilogy follows book 1. You definitely need to read these books in succession so as to understand the full story.

Aeriel cured Irrylath and restored his humanity, but the White Witch has other ideas. This leads Aeriel to strike out on a mission through the Sea of Dust to find an oracle that can help her do away with the White Witch and the rest of the Darkangels for good.

This book has an entirely different feel from one. If you want a lot of Irrylath, you won't get it here. He an
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Aeriel is on another quest. She and her "husband", Irrylath, have journed to another land to meet his mother. He was stolen from her at age six by the lorelei. They are also trying to restore the lon, who is a pegasus creature, to his mortal life. It's complicated, you would have to read the book to explain it.

Aeriel realizes when she is visited by the former "brides" of her husband, when he was becoming a vampire, that she needs to leave him, and find the other lost lons. The lons are protector
Mar 11, 2011 Robyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Continuing from the very surprising ending of the previous book, this one appears to go off in another direction entirely, but I highly recommend you stick with it. The feelings of love and loss and loneliness in this book are palpable, and the setting and plot continue their strange and mystical path. The emotions are complex, and very real, and the plot just gets more and more intriguing. This book does suffer a bit, I find the second entries in triologies to be rather difficult to read, just ...more
Dec 14, 2016 Madma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sagas
Leí este libro hace años y tenía tan buen recuerdo de él que este año por fin busqué la primera parte de la trilogía que no había leído por aquel entones.
Casi no recordaba nada de la historia, sólo algún detalle tonto, así que la relectura ha sido casi de nuevas.
Es de esos libros que cuesta dejar de leer, porque antes de que termine un episodio, ya está comenzando el siguiente. El mundo fantástico en el que se ambienta no se explica cómo es directamente, si no que se van dando pinceladas conform
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Meredith Ann Pierce is a fantasy writer and librarian. Her books deal in fantasy worlds with mythic settings and yet overturn standard expectations, frequently featuring young women who first wish only to love and be loved, yet who must face hazard and danger to save their way of life, their world, and so on, usually without being respected for their efforts until the end of the story.
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