**spoiler alert** How to make justice to a book that blew you away when you first read it?
Ariel is accompanying her mistress-Edouin up on the mountain**spoiler alert** How to make justice to a book that blew you away when you first read it?
Ariel is accompanying her mistress-Edouin up on the mountain to gather some flowers. Then suddenly Edouin is snatched and abducted by a winged creature.
Horrified she runs to tell everyone that Edouin has been kidnapped.
But no one believes her Except for a strange blind old woman who tells her the creature she saw was a vampyre and that he kidnapped Edouin to become his "wife" wich essentially means to steal her soul
Ariel decides if no one will try to save Edouin its up to her to do it.Even if she is a lowly slave girl.
So she goes up the mountain and waits for the vampyre to come back.
He does and takes her back to his castle to be handmaiden to his "wives" other young women he has taken.
They are little more than wraiths though after he has stolen their souls so Aeriel cant tell wich one of them is Eoduin.
To keep the vampyre complacent she begins to tell him tales and she also cares for his beasts,hideous creatures wich are kept starved to better guard his castle.
But she discovers the time is approaching when he needs to steal his final bride and take his wives souls to his mother.And then not only his wives will be lost...the last of the vampyres humanity will be destroyed too.
Aeriel doesnt know what she can do.Only that she has to do something
When I first found this book I was take away by the story.It didnt hurt either that the cover was done by the amazingKinuko Y. Craft
The author somehow manages to blend the story of Bluebeard,Beauty and the beast(altough the vampyre is beautiful,he is still a monster)and the storytelling of Szcherezade into one story.
And its a coming of age tale too.
At times its quite a surreal read,and I think the best comparision I could make is call its a surreal fairytale.
But I think the sheer originality of the story and the world its set in elevates the book from more more straightly written books.
Her "vampyre" is quite different from the norm too they have wings like angels
“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”
Thats a good example of the poetic and evocative prose.
I am glad that I found this one. It has been a re-read for me since the age of 14.