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The Darkangel: Number 1 in series (Darkangel Trilogy) Paperback – 4 Oct 2007


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Reissue edition (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316067237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316067232
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An innovative fantasy...The Darkangel surely is a story which knows no age limits.' - Madeleine L'Engle

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Originally published in 1982, this was this popular author's first book

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stella TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2010
Format: Paperback
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 first published in 1982 and it feels a bit dated now. Not because of the writing style and definitely not because of the subject, but by association. Because other - more recent- novels in this genre are edgy and fasionable with urban settings and situations and they use language that you'll come across every day in life, Darkangel just seems to miss the mark if you're more used to the modern vampire romance.

It was republished in 2007, no doubt to soak up some of the popularity that vampire fiction has generated in recent years, and there's nothing wrong with that. Especially since Darkangel was actually a forerunner of all those other urban vamps. But it does tread a fine line. It's counting on the purchasers of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries and House of Night books to also show interest in this one and there's every chance they will, (afterall, I did), but I want to add a word of caution too...

It's not what we've come to expect from vamp literature. It's not worse though....it's just different. Go into it expecting a fairytale and enjoy the weirdness of it all and it's a good story. From what I hear it gets better in the next two books in the trilogy, but I can't comment on that because I haven't read those.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Flynn on 21 April 2011
Format: Paperback
There is a real, visible progression through the variously reimagined covers of The Darkangel (just take a minute to browse them and you'll see what I mean!): the original 1982 version that I first picked up in my somewhat archaic hometown library looked like a dark, biblical fairytale, the 1998 paperback seems as epic as a Renaissance painting, whereas the newest incarnation in 2007 is much more like the recent crop of YA Paranormal Romance covers around.

I must've first stumbled upon this book at age 12 or 13 and was hooked from the first scene, where Aeriel (our enslaved and unlikely heroine) trudges with her friend and mistress Eoduin. From this pairing, and through childhood cautionary tales of darkangels (winged vampire men), this epic fairytale unravels - though don't expect a slave and mistress pairing ready to take on their world (the Moon) together, this is a coming-of-age, growing-of-strength story that charts Aeriel alone.

This is a gothic fantasy tale, but an easily accessible one. It seems at once to be set in the far-future (a terraformed moon!) and the distant past (kirtles from page 1!), joined together seamlessly. Irrylath, the darkangel of the title, is a largely unlikable character: he is physically beautiful but cruel. Sometimes, though, flashes of beauty shine through enough to Aeriel that she tries to save him, and their world, from what seems an unchangeable fate.

Recommendation: Published two decades before the Twilight franchise that rocketed vampire tales into the public eye, The Darkangel twists on expectations. It is more like a cross between Neil Gaiman and C.S. Lewis - a fable led, mythologically drawn, journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on 15 Nov 2010
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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' is not the vampire story you might expect. Written years before a revolution was led by authors everywhere towards bodice-ripping novels that featured blood-sucking hunks, Pierce crafted an original fantasy with a vampire at its heart. More adventure and self-discovery than romance, this is a story of Aerial and her growth. Nevertheless the idea of romance is there; the pale beautiful face, the night black wings, the other worldly power, all elements that have followed the vampire into more modern settings. But leave whatever vampire expectations you have behind you. 'The Darkangel' is solid, finely wrought fantasy with hints of science fiction thrown in
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I first read "The Darkangel" when I was in seventh grade. Even then I loved it. A year ago I located an out-of-print copy in a secondhand bookstore and bought it on sight. I still love it. The story is haunting, the writing poetic. Images hang in your mind like jewels: Aeriel's first sight of the darkangel, a dozen black wings churning like a storm, colorless eyes and hair as pale as platinum, cruel and compellingly beautiful at the same time; the sunlion racing across the desert like molten gold, his scent like sandalwood and burning; the blue planet Oceanus hanging in the sky beside Solstar; blind Dirna muttering in the dark and the duarough frozen into stone by sunlight. Aeriel herself--thought unbeautiful for the color in her skin, her golden hair and her green eyes--slave to a beautiful mistress whom she sets out to avenge when the darkangel takes her away for his bride, is stronger and more compassionate than she appears. Part of the joy of the story is watching her grow and change through her long, strange journey, and yet remain Aeriel throughout. The world of "The Darkangel" itself is amazing, half science fiction, half fantasy, and one hundred percent original; the various cultures are vividly depicted, the characters drawn clearly and colorfully. A beautiful book from all ends of the spectrum.
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