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Den Sorte Engel (Darkangel Trilogy #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  6,417 ratings  ·  429 reviews
Vampyren Den sorte Engel bortfører trællepigen Ariel og tvinger hende til at tjene sine 13 genfærdshustruer.
Kan Ariels mod og kærlighed og trolddværgens magi hjulpet af de gode vogtere overvinde hans ondskabs herredømme?
Board book, 194 pages
Published 1991 by Gyldendal (first published 1982)
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Katie Cheng Yes, there is a romance between the heroine and the vampire/prince, BUT this is not a vampire romance novel at it's heart. It's an adventure fantasy…moreYes, there is a romance between the heroine and the vampire/prince, BUT this is not a vampire romance novel at it's heart. It's an adventure fantasy of self discovery with a very side element of romance (not that many interactions within the trilogy). (less)
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First published in 1982 'The Darkangel' by Meredith Ann Pierce is the first in the Darkangel trilogy. The series is being reissued by Little, Brown & Company with gorgeous new covers. I have to admit that the cover is what first caught my eye. But I was lucky that it wasn’t just another pretty face, what I found within the pages is a solid young adult fantasy worth reading more than once.

The Darkangel, once a mortal and not quite a vampire, must have 14 brides before he can come into his fu
I'd been hearing lots and lots about Meredith Ann Pierce long before I ever picked up one of her books. For the longest time I associated her in my head with a book called The Woman Who Loved Reindeer. And neither the title nor the cover did anything for me. But, as is so often the case, I had several friends who highly recommended her Darkangel trilogy. And they were persistent enough and vociferous enough that I finally picked up the THE DARKANGEL (much more interesting title and premise) to g ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Aeriel was bought at the slave markets as a baby and raised alongside her young mistress, Eoduin, the beautiful daughter of the town syndic. Now nearly a woman grown, she accompanies Eoduin in the climb up the mountain to collect hornbloom nectar for Eoduin's cousin's wedding - the tradition being that you are not married until the bride and groom have shared the bridal cup, and the bride's cousin must collect it on the day.

But when they reach the mountaintop, the Darkangel flies down, all pale
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I am so happy that I found this book. I read this book at least twice growing up and it touched my heart. It was a very good love story in a very unusual way. It was about the power of love and sacrifice, and all that sappy stuff that I just love. I searched for this book for many years because I didn't remember the title and it was one of the books I read from the library and habitually checked out. This is supposed to be a vampire story, but I always thought of it as a fallen angel story. I ca ...more
Negative, negative stars. Quite possibly the worst book I have read, ever. Or, rather, pseudo-read. I read, with great torture, the first 100+ pages. In these, I found there was much monotony. Much, much monotony. Very little contact with the icarus, no character formation there. Basically, accept for appearing at the beginning and again at the end, he was a nonentity. Aeriel was barely formed, and there is no connection with her. I only know she had feelings because the author said so. There wa ...more
Feb 11, 2008 Stephanie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy/YA fans
Shelves: favorites
I picked this book up at Barnes&Noble last night because it stands out in my memory as a book I loved when I first read it in the seventh grade. Indeed, ten years later, it is still an enjoyable read.

Surprisingly, what I most enjoyed about this book is the author's detailed and beautiful description of the landscape and creatures of Solstar, the fantasy world in which this story takes place. The land and the beings that reside in it are familiar, and yet different and quite unique. I found t
I have to wonder now if I loved this book because I read it in high school (and reread, and reread, and reread). I borrowed somebody else's copy of the book club edition of the trilogy so often that they finally just gave it to me.

I was drawn in my the happy ending of the first story, but then the author takes it so much further in the second book, and then even further in the third; not your typical story. I was always amazed by the foundations the author built in the first book that supported
1.5 stars

When it comes right down to it, this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Sure there is a "quest" in there but it is, essentially, Beauty and the Beast. I suppose I was hoping for something more interesting than I found, the author was clearly trying to be interesting but I found it largely dull.

First of all there is little to no character development. The vampyre was the most interesting character and that is largely only because he had a variety of moods (which is saying a lot that he
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While gathering the ceremonial herbs and flowers on the eve of a great wedding celebration, handmaid Aeriel and her mistress Eoduin ascend the highest peaks overlooking their village – and Eoduin’s natural grace and beauty attracts the eye of the Darkangel. A cruel, blood-drinking, soul-stealing vampyre, one of seven icari, the Darkangel steals Eoduin as his thirteenth bride, much to Aeriel’s terror and dismay. In
Aug 19, 2007 Sookie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 14+, fantasy readers
The Darkangel, a winged creature that is reeking havoc in its world, is on the lookout for another wife. His thirteenth, in fact. And Aeriel, a lowly village servant girl, is there to witness the kidnapping.
Her mistress is taken abruptly by the Darkangel, as is Aeriel who means to kill the Darkangel (and falls under his spell instead).
The Darkangel takes Aeriel to his castle, where she is to serve the thirteen souless wraiths (wives), who insist that Aeriel MUST kill the Darkangel when he takes
Aeriel and her mistress, Eoduin, are out one day, away from their village, when the Darkangel kidnaps Eoduin to be his bride. Aeriel hopes to avenge her mistress by killing the vampyre, but she is kidnapped as well, to be his servant.

The Darkangel's castle is dark and depressing, guarded by menacing, chained gargoyles. Aeriel is tasked with tending to the vampyres's thirteen wives, who have now become hideous, soulless wraiths.

The wraiths urge her to kill the vampyre before he chooses a fourtee
This book reminded me a bit of the Narnia books for some reason. Possibly due to the talking lion and the friendly gnome creature that tells stories to the main character. It also reminds me a bit of Lord of the Rings in the sense that some poem/saying is strewn throughout the entire novel. The story was interesting enough, though when you pull it all together it could be summarized in a sentence or two. Also, the ending is a bit of a surprise. One second you are engrossed in the book, and the n ...more
In theory, I like the idea of books that are told like a fairy tale or seem fairy tale inspired. However most of the time when I pick one up I have a hard time getting into it. I think part of the problem, as with this book here too, is the heroines are frequently written very one dimensional. The heroine in this book isn't too bad, but she is still written in a similar way. She's so sweet and docile that even though she's the slave of the lady that the Darkangel kidnaps and she's been treated p ...more
Marie McCain
Read this when I was still in high school ... happened to find it walking through the book aisle in Walgreens and wasn't all that sure I'd like it, but immediately fell in love with it and with Pierce's storytelling and forshadowing. About two years later I was walking through the same store and found the second book in the trilogy, A Gathering of Gargoyles, and was downright jumping for joy. Devoured the book that night and was even more enthusiastic to read the continuation of this story in th ...more
God this is SO EIGHTIES. More like sci-fi than fantasy, this book takes place on the moon WAY into the future, where things are medieval-like. The language bothered me, but I think that was just a product of the times--it was very flowery and strangely formal. I also thought the beginning was pretty boring after she was taken to the Darkangel's castle, and I was also annoyed at how Aerial was so dense. Oh well, it was still very different from any other vampire teen book I've ever read, and it's ...more
This is a book that sounds cliche and unappealing when you try to describe it's subject or plot. The reality of it is graceful and has the quality of a fairytale however. The sci-fi aspect (setting) is integrated with subtlety as opposed to tacked on, and the main character is neither cowering or feisty. She is a fairytale heroine. She does what must be done, treats others with care and and respect, but is secondary to the story and her destiny, more than looming larger than life. It's a surpris ...more
I loved this series. I think it really influenced my enjoyment of the dark fantasy genre in later years. The world Meredith Ann Pierce builds here is dark and believable, and it's really unlike anything else I've read in the young adult fantasy genre before or since. It's a shame this series has often been over-looked, it really deserves more credit than it is given!
Simply put, The Darkangel is one of the very best of vampire/fantasy novels I had read in the recent years. Yes it’s a YA book but so what, it is well written, it’s one hell of magical and fascinating book to read anyway.

The Darkangel is a story of fantasy and supernatural mixed with a hint of sci-fi. The tale begins when a slave-girl Aeriel, went to confront the fearsome darkangel(winged vampyer created by the evil water witch) after her young mistress and friend was kidnapped to be the darkang
Feb 05, 2012 Sath rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, adults, fantasy and fairy-tale lovers
Aeriel is a young slave-girl, who serves Eoduin, the pretty daughter of the town syndic. Being only 2 years younger than Eoduin makes them close friends as well as mistress and slave, and Aeriel very much looks up to the older girl.

One day Aeriel and Eoduin are on high on the mountains outside of town, picking flower nectar for a traditional drink for a wedding thats soon to be held in town. But while they are separately wandering on the mountain, a darkangel flies down - a luminous pale being
Well, this WAS inventive and beautiful, but...I guess I was just hoping for something more than that.

There's so little character development that it was impossible for me to feel any attachment to anybody, and I kept waiting around wondering when the darkangel's supposed deep-down goodness would manifest itself, but it never really did, until his circumstances drastically changed at the very end. I never quite figured out how Aeriel came to love him--it seemed that they spent very little actual
Reem Elfateh
When someone mentions vampyres , you would usually remember the monsters from the myths . If that's what you are looking for here , search somewhere else . The book is quite different from such things . If you are looking for romance . you might try it or search somewhere else too . For it does not generally have much of that .

Well , for what the book does have , which is the journey of a kind young girl to avenge her mistress that brings her much further than she could have thought . The imagi
Tara Renaud
The DarkAngel, the first book in the DarkAngel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce, was recommended to me to read, and after finishing it, am very thankful for the suggestion (So please keep them coming everyone). This book is about a servant girl, Aeriel, who sees her young mistress taken away by a "vampyre" and subsequently vows to avenge her. In the process, Aeriel gets taken by the vampyre herself to be the maid servant for all the vampyre's 13 wives. All the wives are soulless, as the vampyre ca ...more
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"Estamos en Avaric, y Eoduin y su sierva Aeriel han subido a la montaña para recoger el néctar de unas flores que se servirá como copa nupcial en la boda de la prima de Eoduin. Pero todo se tuerce cuando Aeriel ve como un ser de negras alas secuestra a su ama sin que ella pueda hacer nada para evitarlo. Aturdida por el encuentro se desmaya. Y no es para menos: Aeriel ha visto al ángel oscuro, al ícaro de incontables alas negras que secuestra a jóvenes hermosas para convertirlas en sus desposadas ...more
Melissa Proffitt
I absolutely loved this book as a teen. I was crushed to realize I didn't love it as an adult.

I'm still captivated by the world Pierce creates: Earth's moon, altered to support life that is itself genetically engineered to live there, its natural rotation providing 14-Earth Day "nights" and "days," the atmosphere thin enough to barely refract light. Aeriel, a slave in the local ruler's household, is devoted to her young mistress Eoduin, and when Eoduin is captured by an icarus--a vampiric winged
The Darkangel is book one of the Darkangel Trilogy. When Aeriel’s mistress and friend Eoduin is stolen by the darkangel, she seeks revenge. Only to be captured herself she is forced to serve for his thirteen brides. The brides where once beautiful women, including Eoduin, but the darkangel drained them of their blood and has captured their souls leaving only their withering bodies. Once the darkangel has taken his fourteenth and finaly bride he will become a powerful vampyre. Aeriel decides she ...more
Ailsa Lillywhite
Sep 29, 2008 Ailsa Lillywhite rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers.
Recommended to Ailsa by: Joanna
I was not expecting to love this as much as I did, and part of me thinks that it's mostly the result of FINALLY reading something that so vastly resembles what I've been craving. As a senior in college, I'm pretty much required to read only incredibly depressing 'high art' kinda literature and it starts to wear on you after a while. It's nice to be able to turn to something that's refreshing on a spiritual level.

Some books are good for your head and some books are good for your heart and some bo
Cara Olsen
The Darkangel is a beautifully spoken novel. The book's tongue bespeaks those bibliophiles longing for the romantic language of another time. Though marked as Younger Teen, I would have to disagree. On several occasions I found myself having to pause and look up the meaning of certain words. A "skiff" for example. A lover of words, I found this not distracting but educating, and gladly interrupted myself in order to gain deeper insight to the author's words.
The Darkangel is a vampire, and a mean
Heather Shaw
Sep 13, 2010 Heather Shaw rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens but any age really, those who like the odd or unusual vampire story
An odd book, is the best description I can give. It seems a bit more sci-fi than fantasy, but doesn't have many of the futuristic qualities that are often in sci-fi. I picked it up because of the title, figured it would be about vampires, and it is, but is the strangest vampire book I've read yet, and the most strangely described vampires I have read to date. It is set in another world, or maybe as close as our moon, with the planet described as Oceanus, and sounds like our planet. The futuristi ...more
Lauren Schumacher
I was inspired to reread this young-adult novel series when Twilight was making the rounds. I remembered being entranced by it around age 12 or 13. I was in no way disappointed rereading it as an adult.

Meredith Anne Pierce is renown for her fully-actualized immersive worlds--she is truly a fantasy writer's writer. The mechanics of the world are fascinating; its foods, its lore, its cities, its industries, its traditions, its economy, its gods, its values, its history... They swim around the stor
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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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Other Books in the Series

Darkangel Trilogy (3 books)
  • A Gathering of Gargoyles (Darkangel Trilogy, #2)
  • The Pearl of the Soul of the World (Darkangel Trilogy, #3)
A Gathering of Gargoyles (Darkangel Trilogy, #2) The Pearl of the Soul of the World (Darkangel Trilogy, #3) Birth of the Firebringer (Firebringer, #1) Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood Dark Moon (Firebringer, #2)

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“He does not rule us. No one can rule us. No one can rule anyone who does not first agree to the ruling." She smiled a trace at Aeriel and patted the little camp dog, which was whining for more tidbits. "One must rule oneself.” 28 likes
“They were jet, those wings, as deep as the sky, as black as Eoduin's hair—no, blacker, for they were dull, unoiled. They gave off no sheen in the light, no gleam to the eye. They drank up the light and diminished it: they were wings of pure shadow.” 15 likes
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