Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com
It was just a normal day for Aeriel, a servant, having to complete her chores. This time she was with her mistress, Eoduin, collecting flowers upon a mountain.
Both girls were told numerous times about the dangerous creatures that roam the earth, although neither ever took them seriously. But one story, the one Bomba had so urgently told them, about the Darkangel, the vampyre who takes the souls of innocent, beautiful women, became a reality for the girls.
While up high in the mountains, with very little capability to see or hear, the Darkangel swoops down to capture Eoduin.
This does not bode well with Eoduin's parents or Aeriel. Wanting to seek revenge, Aeriel goes back up the mountain to confront the Darkangel, only to discover that he captured Eoduin to become his thirteenth bride. Unable to complete her task, the Darkangel then captures Aeriel, not to become his bride but to be his servant.
Aeriel soon learns that once the Darkangel captures his fourteenth bride, his powers will be fully developed.
And so begins Aeriel's journey to not only save her life, but the lives and souls of the thirteen other girls -- and to prevent the Darkangel from seeking his last bride.
From the very beginning, readers will be enticed by the dark and mysterious world created by Pierce, where no one is safe. The author's great use of detail creates vivid images that will haunt the reader and leave them wanting more.
This is definitely my favorite Sci/Fantasy YA series of all time. I first read this series 13 years ago and to this day I still go back and reread with the same gusto and excitement as when I first picked it up.
It's a riveting story of Aeriel a slave who's mistress is captured by a young vampire and her journey to recover her mistress' soul. In her journey she grows and discovers herself and overcomes her self image as a slave to one of a strong beautiful young woman that finds true love in the most unlikely of places.
The story takes place in an imaginary world and involves Vampires, Witches, Gods, and Guardians. It takes you from one end of the world to the next in a fantastic epic adventure complete with romance. What more could you possibly ask for?