Reviewed by Kevin G. (age 11)
This is the first book in The Darkangel Trilogy. Though this is just the entrance into Meredith Ann Pierce's magical world, I felt satisfied at the end, leaving me curious as to where the next book's adventure may lead. Of course, Ms. Pierce begins a whole new journey in book two, A Gathering of Gargoyles, written with even more skill than the first (if that's possible)! The Darkangel, is an earth shattering fantasy novel packed with mythical elements and told with astounding emotion. This book is filled with suspense, action, and person to person relationships that will keep you enthralled. Meredith Ann Pierce's imagination is truly wondrous, spanning underground realms to magical witches and enchanted guardians. Her storytelling ability is truly masterful! The main character Aeriel experiences a life altering change throughout the story. She starts as a naive, carefree slave, and evolves into a mature responsible young woman. In fact, the decisions she makes affect the whole world! This is a unique and special book. Although it is narrated in the third person, the precise wording and colorful descriptions made me feel like I was at Aeriel's side recording these events, not just reading about her adventures.
This is the perfect book for fantasy, action lovers. It is written for mature readers, ages twelve and up. This book is a gem; and the best part is that the story continues in two other exceptional novels! The Darkangel is a must read!