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The Darkangel

(Darkangel Trilogy #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  8,922 ratings  ·  599 reviews
Aeriel is kidnapped by the darkangel, a black-winged vampyre of astounding beauty and youth. In his castle keep, she serves his 13 wives, wraiths whose souls he stole. She must kill him before his next marriage and comes into full power, but is captivated by his magnificent beauty and inner spark of goodness. Will she choose to save humanity or his soul?
Mass Market Paperback, 281 pages
Published April 15th 1998 by Harcourt Brace & Company Magic Carpet Books (first published May 1st 1982)
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Iulia Gheorghiu I would say young readers - this is very PG in terms of romance. The entire trilogy is very well written and not crude or crass by any measure. Ultima…moreI would say young readers - this is very PG in terms of romance. The entire trilogy is very well written and not crude or crass by any measure. Ultimately, I would rate this maybe young adult in terms of violence and themes of death and loss. It is also very, very beautiful world-building! I came across it after a friend recommended it - she had picked up the trilogy when she was 14, if that helps.(less)
Kat 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 o…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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Nov 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 full p
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
Linda (not getting friends updates at this time)
*Almost 4 stars*

I first came upon this story when I was looking at books under the GRs tag 'Villains As Romantic Love Interests'. I had never heard of this author and the thing that came to mind when I began reading the story was THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA. It contained an alternate reality, the theme of 'light versus dark', and a hidden meaning waiting for the reader to discover.

I also thought Ms. Pierce might have been a pseudonym of the New Zealand author Sherryl Jordan. Their writing styles w
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal
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
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 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 the c
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of dark fantasy with strong romance elements
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
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf, keep
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
A Bookish ✧ Fable
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I liked this alot! After about 2 days of reading I am amazed. I need volume 2 ASAP!

5/5 Gorgeous Fantasy, Read It.
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers:

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
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
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Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, rating-pg
I was fascinated to notice that this book came with an endorsement from Madeleine L'Engle, which altered my expectations going in. Sure enough, this book turned out quite different from what I had initially expected: it's a fable firmly in the style of George MacDonald or CS Lewis. As such, there is not a great amount of interiority to the characters, and if you're looking for a compelling romance that is definitely not this book. But it is a beautiful and eerie myth about the life-giving power ...more
Silver Thistle
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
This is a fairytale in the truest sense of the word. However, it's main 'un'fairytale-like quality is that one of the two main characters is a vampire. The other is a girl who falls for him but don't make the mistake of thinking it's going to be an angsty teenage fantasy the likes of which Ms Meyer offers because it's not. You'll be disappointed if that's what you're after. The cover makes it look like any other ten-a-penny vampire fantasy but it couldn't be more different if it tried.

This was f
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
Aug 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Liam (Hey Ashers!)
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This is a review originally posted on Hey Ashers!

Spoiler Rating: Moderate

Dear Lizzy,

I've lugged veritable carloads of novels home from Half Price Books, most of which have subsequently been lugged back to Half Price Books for reselling. The Darkangel came home with me, oh, five or six years ago, and has sat brooding on my shelf until a few days ago, when I finally decided, Eh, it's time.

Ignoring the weirdness of "astounding youth" (what is he, a toddler?) and "beautiful terror" (I don't even kno
Melissa McShane
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
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 series was one of my favorites as a teen. Book 1 of the Dark Angel trilogy introduces us to Aeriel, a slave who ends up following her lifelong friend after she was captured by a Darkangel. His goal is to take 14 wives as sacrifices so that he may become a full fledged vampire. Aeriel's friend, Euodine, is to be his 13th wife.

Aeriel plots to be captured as well, the Darkangel deciding to take her so as to serve his wives. Upon meeting the Darkangel, she is stricken by his beauty. While he i
Marie McCain
Oct 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Nov 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Maybe I should give it 3 stars - I liked the idea and the writing wasn't bad.

I thought the world building was pretty poor, though. I struggled to understand the concepts of the magical protectors and even of time. What was a day-month? I honestly didn't get that. Was it a month or not?

Worst of all were the characters for me. No personality whatsoever and I was pretty disappointed with Aeriel's sole focus on the darkangel's beauty. I can't say that I saw the 'spark of goodness' in him mentioned
ⒶH-ℳℰⒾ ♔♚♛Queen Of The Fat Cats♛♚♔
Whoa, I can't find as ebook and I don't have money for the paperback. But this sounds so good!!!

Update Nov 27, I just realized this is YA ...EW! and I deflated like balloon. Now I'm not interested. I thought this one was going to be about dark stuff and include gore and sex but if it's YA then I'm out. Maybe one day but today isn't that day.
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Sep 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Darkangel Trilogy (3 books)
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