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A Gathering of Gargoyles by Meredith Ann Pierce
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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 her true identity, she had to be beaten upside the head with a sledgehammer before any of these concepts got through to her. And once they did, she had to act in the predictable dumb-heroine manner: “What are you saying? Are you saying what I think you're saying? You're crazy!” Despite that annoyance, the story continued its theme of intertwining various elements from folklore and fairytales, as well as a deeper exploration into the sci-fi background of Aeriel's world, into a lyrical story of transformation, rebirth, and empowerment.
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Lolly's Library Aeriel has gotten very stupid in this book. I realize in fairytales--which is what these books are, very creative and elaborately told fairytales--the damsel in distress isn't always the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but at least in the first book Aeriel seemed a bit more capable. It's still a good book, but just slightly grating. :/


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