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A Gathering of Gargoyles (Darkangel Trilogy #2)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  3,113 ratings  ·  129 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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Lauren Schumacher
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
Nicole
Apr 06, 2008 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Ailsa Lillywhite
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
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SheWunders
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
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Karissa
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
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Kiersten
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 Proffitt
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
TheBookSmugglers
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
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Lauren
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.
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Harper
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
Annie
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
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Emma
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Julie
Feb 07, 2014 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Ariel
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.
Ninon
Far, far better than the first..
The first part of the story was GOOD.. but there are parts of it that are dull and slow - and it's the same with the 2nd part.. however, there is less of the dull spots.
These spots I am referring to is mainly travel descibtions. They are utterly boring and dull and goes on and on..
The first couple of chapters are describtions of "what happened between the first book and this" - as with Aeriel thinking back instead of "letting them happen".. this really kills the f
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Marie
Oh My, this series is seriously addictive. Meredith Ann Pierce, where have you been all my life?
Elizabeth Parker
please god, let girls stop reading stephanie meyers & read this series instead!
Tereza S.
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
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VampireNovelFan
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
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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
Amber-Leigh
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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Kathleen
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
Melyzard
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Robyn
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
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
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Annalisa
Jun 08, 2008 Annalisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people on the fantasy fringe
I'm a bit disappointed that I couldn't rate each book of this trilogy separately. I happened upon the second book first, and really enjoyed it--the fantasy was really original, and as with most of the fantasy books I read as a young teenager, the main character was a young woman on a journey. Also, as with many fantasy books that really enthralled me when I was younger, I don't remember the main point of the plot--only specific moments and images, and vague ideas about the main character feeling ...more
Margaret
So I had to order this book since it is kind of old but it was totally worth it. Though the romance was lacking (not unlike the other book) it was still interesting although some of the grammar was off...
I really did like this book though parts were lacking much of anything. The ending had me wanting to read the next book immediately but I needed a break from all the confusing words. Too many made up words without definitions make my eyes cross. XD Still recommend it for anyone who has read the
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Kat
The second in the 'Darkangel' trilogy, this really is where things start to get interesting. The first intallment set the scene, where-as this one runs away with it. We follow Aerial once more as she discovers that her task is not yet complete, because apparantly, freeing a Darkangel's soul isn't enough anymore. She must now set out to find the lost Lons, so that they may help her defeat the White Witch and her vampyric sons, the Icari.This is a really surreal story, but so well imagined and lay ...more
Christine
I probably liked this sequel more than the original title, The Darkangel. Shockingly, this was a middle book of a trilogy that didn't feel like a middle book. There's adventure and fantastical creatures and beings on every page, and the world felt more lush and alive than The Darkangel. I'm interested to see how the conclusion to the story will play out.
Bethany
About the same as my feelings for The Darkangel, maybe a half star better because I prefer journey adventures to the first book's largely indoor/underground setting.
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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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