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The Pearl of the Soul of the World: The Darkangel Trilogy, Volume III

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A book by Meredith Ann Pierce

Readers who crave solemn tales peopled with strange beings will find much to relish in this final volume of the Darkangel trilogy. Deprived of both her memory and the power of speech, Aeriel awakens to find herself in a cave somewhere below the earth's … see full wiki

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Author: Meredith Ann Pierce
Publisher: Graphia
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Conclusion of darkangel trilogy

  • Feb 14, 2002
A surprise ending climaxes a battle where all of the characters from "The Darkangel" and "A Gathering of Gargoyles" are brought together and rewarded or thumped, according to their allegiance or past misdeeds. As in her two previous chronicles of a terraformed Moon, Meredith Ann Pierce continues the story of her heroine, Aeriel with clarity and imagination. `Pearl' contains a bit more future science than its predecessors, but not enough to disturb those who prefer their fantasies undiluted.

Aerial, fourteenth bride of the redeemed darkangel, Irrylath (they literally exchanged hearts in volume I) continues her quest to save the dying Moon. All of her world's wisdom and magic (read `advanced science') reside within the luminous heart of a pearl (read `very powerful computer'). First though, Aerial must remember who she is and what she is trying to save. We learn through flashbacks that a minion of the evil White Witch inserted a silver pin into Aerial's head, and caused her to lose all knowledge of herself.

Normally, I don't care for the `amnesia' plot device, but it works well in `Pearl.' The dedicated reader will know who Aerial is, even though the book begins:

"She had no idea where she was---only that she was in a cave, the walls pressing close about her, all of white stone. Light came from somewhere, dim and diffuse, and the air was old: musty and bone-dry...She gazed at the featureless walls of the cave. She had been lost for a long time."

Aerial stumbles across a trio of unlikely allies while lost in the caverns of the Moon. The duaroughs (dwarves), after many adventures in the caves, help Aerial find the ancient Ravenna---one of the original humans who terraformed the Moon. Ravenna heals Aerial from the effects of the silver pin, but at a very high cost. Aerial regains her memory and her resolve to defeat the White Witch, but doesn't learn the price of Ravenna's healing until book's end.

`Pearl' enriches and deepens the entire darkangel trilogy. It is well worth reading, even though some of its more romantic readers may shed a few tears as it ends.

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