A Gathering of Gargoyles (The Darkangel Trilogy) by Meredith Ann Pierce

By Meredith Ann Pierce

Booklet of the Darkangel Trilogy! Aeriel has damaged the spell at the vampiric darkangel referred to as Irrylath and lower back him to his human shape, however the White Witch keeps to hang-out his desires. to save lots of her love and the area they stay in, Aeriel units off on a quest around the Sea-of-Dust, to unravel a mysterious riddle and assemble six magical steeds. Pursued through the White Witch and haunted by way of her six final darkangels, the previous slave woman seeks out an historic oracle who might help her be able to defeat her enemies.

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The woman dropped her blade and scrambled back. " someone was screaming. Aeriel half turned, confused. Then she spotted the dustshrimp standing upon her shoulder, waving its tiny claws. Aeriel thrust it back into the folds of her shift, shrugged into her traveling cloak, and slung her bandolyn. " a man's voice demanded. "They were with her. " Galnor and Nat stood a half step behind Aeriel. She saw the blue-skinned girl produce a dirk from nowhere. Galnor caught up a stout limb from beside the hearth.

I am a messenger. " Aeriel made to say more then, but the heron glanced at her. "However, it is quite tiring. And by heaven, this is an excellent perch. " She tucked her bill, shut her eye and melted again into the hard, blond wood. Aeriel heard Nat and Galnor draw up beside her. "You are a sorceress," a man's voice said. Aeriel turned, taken by surprise, then realized it was no stranger who had spoken, but Galnor. Nat stood pressed against his side, staring at Aeriel. Aeriel shook her head. " Galnor met her eyes.

It had a long neck and strong wings, snowy white, and was clutching something unwieldy, straight, and dark. " it panted, wingbeats becoming more labored still. It glanced the other way. " As Aeriel ducked out from under the tree, her hood fell back. " she called. " cried the bird, starting upward in surprise. Its toes lost their grip upon the long dark object. Aeriel threw up her arms, fell back a step —realizing too late that only brought her more directly beneath the falling shaft. She felt a blow upon her head.

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