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A Gathering of Gargoyles

(Darkangel Trilogy #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,384 ratings  ·  161 reviews
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 will not give one up so easily. There is but a single hope for the Witch's defeat--solving an ancient, mysterious ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 333 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Harcourt Brace & Company (first published September 28th 1984)
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Lauren Schumacher
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Following on the heels of THE DARKANGEL, Aeriel and Irrylath were married but in name only. She was aware something was amiss and, before long, took it upon herself to find out why. A riddle, her staff, the gargoyles and magic accompanied her on another adventure.

I fell in love with the author's unusual words, crisp descriptions (especially of food) and the many gray areas of the plot. Each character Aeriel met taught her something about her destiny without her actually aware of it. By the time
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
please god, let girls stop reading stephanie meyers & read this series instead!
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
A.C. Lillywhite
Sep 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Second read: SIGH. So lovely. This book is all set-up for the conclusion in the next book, but Aeriel's quest to find all the lost lons keeps it from feeling like filler. I'm already feeling verklempt in anticipation of reading the third one (probably this weekend).

First read: Pierce is such a beautiful writer. I loved Aeriel's second quest and how quietly badass she is. She's such a great heroine, and I really feel for her (thus far) unrequited love.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
24 June 2019. Finished A Gathering of Gargoyles by Meredith Ann Pierce.

Rating - 5 stars
Genre - Fantasy
Sub- genre - Magic
Intended Audience - Middle Grade Girls
Publisher - Harcourt

So this is the second book in the trilogy. I don't want to give too much of an introduction to this book because I think the books are best when read in order back to back, but I will say this book has a lot of wandering in it. Wandering books can be pretty hit or miss with me, but I loved how the author pulled it off in
Another trilogy I won't bother to finish. Irrylath was far more interesting as a Darkangel than as human Irrylath. Too angsty. Thankfully he isn't around much, only in the first chapter or so and in the last one. We get to know why he can't "love" Aeriel. Not really a mystery, since the specters told Aeriel in the first book (view spoiler)

Aeriel starts a new adventure, but alas, she is not what she used to
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 McShane
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
Nov 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2009, young-adult
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,
Feb 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Oh My, this series is seriously addictive. Meredith Ann Pierce, where have you been all my life?
Moonlit Rumour
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The concept is engaging, and the majority of the story is nicely written, with strong imagery and mood-building in certain parts (particularly the passages where (view spoiler)), but certain parts of it were tiresomely repetitive. The two most irritating ones to me were ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I am REALLY enjoying this series. This second book follows Aeriel's journey through new places/cultures as she attempts to complete a task set by a second riddle - I'm not crazy about the riddles, but the plot device holds the story together fairly well. I love the world Pierce develops and the different challenges Aeriel faces. She's not the smartest heroine in the history of fiction, but she's kind, and that gets her a long way (and given her upbringing as a slave, her naivety and lack of ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am quite on the fence with this series. It is very old school and at times hard to keep up. I liked the girl main character because she wasn't a quitter. I have been thinking hard on how I should review this and I think I will just state my opinion. I liked the dark story because honestly I can't find something like it now. However, it is like Shakespeare and it's hard to understand at some points. I have to actually contemplate the characters before I keep reading. I was entranced by the ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Actual score: 2,5.

Oh, no, she's on a quest now! I just don't like this particular aspect of fantasy - the endless, plodding travels! One of the strenghts of the first installments in this series is that it by and large takes place in one place. None of this senseless running about. :( But Aeriel remains a nice heroine: generally I go for more flawed characters, but in a time where ALL main characters are insistently flawed, it's nice to meet a truly good one, who manages not to be boring.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A good amount of improvement in this one. The prose was a lot more engaging and the narrative quicker and more sensible. I do think she made things too obvious; the gargoyles were clearly the lons from the beginning and Aerial's "ancestry" was pretty obvious too. I think kids are smart enough to understand subtlety and I think the plot was a bit too obvious; Aerial ended up becoming a dense character that doesn't understand obvious clues being thrown in her face.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing
I could hardly put this book down. I enjoyed it much much more than the first book in this trilogy. I like the way Aerial is growing. The story flows right along. I will say the riddle was fairly obvious, and sometimes I grow irritated that she could be so dense as to miss what is happening.

I really can't say much more without giving spoilers, so I won't.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good setup book to the finale.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Fantastic! :')
Kathy Estime
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read it! Enough said.
Eric Lewis
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes, an old book, but a fun book to read. Liked it more than the first.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this novel when it first came out. I loved the beautiful language. Beast became a prince and the not so beautiful heroine became both a beauty and a princess by her own merits and courage.
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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.

Other books in the series

Darkangel Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Darkangel (Darkangel Trilogy, #1)
  • The Pearl of the Soul of the World (Darkangel Trilogy, #3)
“Aeriel gazed at Irrylath: husband to her, but only in name. She dared touch him only when he slept.” 5 likes
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