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The Darkangel Trilogy (The Darkangel/A Gathering of Gargoyles/ The Pearl of the Soul of the World)
The Darkangel Trilogy - The Darkangel/A Gathering of Gargoyles/ The Pearl of the Soul of the World Author:Meredith Ann Pierce They had been searching the mountain for a rare nectar--the mistress, Eoduin, carelessly scoffing at old tales of the evil creates they might encounter...the slave, Aeriel, apprehensive, and rightly so. For a darkangel did swoop from the sky, and he stole the beautiful Eoduin away... — *** — the settlers who first attempted to colonize the Moon li... more »ved in domed cities during the terraforming process. They populated the lunar surface with biolengineered life, most quite practical in design, right down to their reproductive capability; others, oddly whimsical--dwarves, witches and even vampyres, or darkangels.
But the taming of ht Moon was never completed. War summed the humans back to Earth, and in the wake of that devastation there was no one left to return to the colony, So those like Aeriel and Eoduin inherited a strange mixed legacy of human ideals and myths made real.
Irrylath, the darkangel who'd taken Eoduin, had been born human like the others of his kind. But he was bound to steal the soul of a maiden once every year for fourteen years--a gift for the witch mother who'd raised him. Only then would he lose all trace of his humanity, and weakness.
Loyal Aeriel understood nothing of the darkangel's purpose, yet knowing whould not have stopped her. She vowed to rescue her friend and mistress and thus placed herself in Irrylath's power. He took her to his cold, lonely castle to serve Eoduin and his twelve other brides, tormented, soulless wraiths who had once been flesh and blood women. Unlike them, Aeriel had the freedom of the castle and its grounds; liberty that enabled her to befriend the darkangel's gargoyle guards and an odd being named Talb, who lived in caves beneath the castle. And Talb revealed to her a wealth of knowledge and lore: tales of the Ancients who'd transformed this once barren, airless place into a land that could sustain life...and prophecies which, if fulfilled, might free her people from the darkangels forever.« less