The Darkangel (英語) ハードカバー – 1982/4/1
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The servant girl Aeriel must choose between destroying her vampire master for his evil deeds or saving him for the sake of his beauty and the spark of goodness she has seen in him.
An innovative fantasy...The Darkangel surely is a story which knows no age limits. * - Madeleine L'Engle * --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
Aeriel is a young slave girl to the beautiful Eoduin, a high-ranking young woman in their desert village. But one day as they are picking flowers, a strange creature with enormous dark wings scoops Eoduin up and leaves Aeriel seeking revenge for her mistress. She too is taken captive, and discovers that the hideous darkangel of legend is a gorgeous young man, with giant black wings and an icy heart. She is to spin and weave clothing for his living-corpse wives, from whom he has drained their souls. Aeriel finds herself with a terrible dilemma: should she kill the darkangel, or try to redeem him?
The sense of true fantasy is evident in this book, naming the sun Solstar and such things. Though some things (like saris) are recognizable, overall the book has a sense of comfortable otherworldliness. The writing style is descriptive, poetic.
The darkangel himself is thoroughly hateable in a likeable sort of way. Just when I am really starting to despise him, he displays a tiny hint of humanity. I actually felt very sorry for him near the end, and during the storytelling session, which is quite an impressive feat. His flailings between his humanity and the darkness inside him are quite compelling, as are Aeriel's attempts to understand him.
Aeriel is an awesome contradiction, a determined young woman who is also unsure of herself. Perhaps it's because her determination stems from a desire to help free the wives of the darkangel, and to protect innocent people in future. Her dangerous journey to find the starhorse is like a very long poem, beautiful and evocative.
And then there's the bizarre little man who lives in underground caverns, who advises Aeriel. He's a perfect gem of the Lloyd Alexander school, funny and wise and quirky. The little mage never makes things too easy, but manages to be a truly engrossing character. Hope he returns in the next two books of the trilogy.
A warning: If you like standalones, this will stand on its own, but is obviously meant to be part 1 of ?. A few paragraphs near the end indicate twists in the future, so be forewarned.
This book is the classic that it deserves to be, a glorious tale of strength and redemption. A must-read!
I had trouble determining time in this book. At times it was very exciting and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Most other times, I wasn't really sure what was going on. I get that the vampire is beautiful and our heroine is an ugly duckling and she has a great big heart. But when exactly did she fall in love with the vampire? All I got out of it is she fell in love with his beauty. I didn't care for the ending of this book and probably won't read the rest in the trilogy as I wasn't impressed with this book. I'm really not sure what all the hype is about.