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

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All the world’s wisdom and magic resides within the iridescent depths of a small white pearl. “All my sorcery,” the Ancient Ravenna had said of the pearl. “It is left to you to save the world.” But is the pearl powerful enough to enable Aeriel to defeat the White Witch? Aeriel’s people have assembled an army—led by the redeemed darkangel Irrylath—and are soon to attack the Witch and her darkangel sons. But their cause is hopeless unless Aeriel ...

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Overview

All the world’s wisdom and magic resides within the iridescent depths of a small white pearl. “All my sorcery,” the Ancient Ravenna had said of the pearl. “It is left to you to save the world.” But is the pearl powerful enough to enable Aeriel to defeat the White Witch? Aeriel’s people have assembled an army—led by the redeemed darkangel Irrylath—and are soon to attack the Witch and her darkangel sons. But their cause is hopeless unless Aeriel can unlock the mysteries of the pearl . . . and of her own destiny.

With the aid of a shimmering pearl, Aeriel battles the White Witch to free her husband Irrylath and discovers her own true destiny.

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"In sheer power of imagination, intensity of emotion, and high drama, this would be an achievement in itself. As a conclusion to the Darkangel Trilogy, it enriches the entire work, heartbreaking and heartlifting.”—Lloyd Alexander, author of The Prydain Chronicles
"Pierce continues to have the power to capture the imagination....Her creativity never falters.”—School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 surface. In the company of three underground-dwelling duarroughs--natives--Aeriel journeys to the city of Crystalglass. There she meets Ravenna, the last of the race of ancient beings who created the world. Ravenna restores Aeriel's memory and reveals to her the nature of the role she must play in the final battle against the cruel White Witch. Though good does finally triumph over evil, this novel's conclusion is not a typical ``happy ending'': Aeriel is reunited only briefly with her estranged husband before she must leave to begin the lonely task of healing her planet. Pierce's thoughtful characterization and well-constructed plot lead to a poignant and believable conclusion. The meticulous, creative use of language gives form and substance to a fascinating mythic world. Ages 12-up. (Jan.)
ALAN Review
Finally available at a reasonable price, this third and concluding volume in the "Dark Angel" trilogy brings the resolutions of conflicts and challenges that Aerial and 1rrylath faced through the first two volumes. Nine years is a long time to wait for a book, but diehard Pierce fans will be swarming the shelves for this 1999 paperback version. Themes of self-sacrifice and responsibility and the preservation of the balance and interdependence of all nature rise from the action-filled plot based on the journey-with-a-mission motif. Pierce once again shows her talent as an artist, painting the scenes in vibrant technicolor. Through her use of symbolism and imagery, she will capture most readers to prepare them for this powerful tale of reason over passion, good over evil, and responsibility over selfishness. Some readers will be disappointed with the not-so-happy ending, but more mature readers will readily discern the inevitability of the outcome. For the reader not already conversant with Pierce's characters and places, a helpful pronunciation guide accompanies the text. Genre: Fantasy. 1999, Harcourt Brace, Ages 12 up, $6.00. Reviewer: Marjorie M. Kaiser
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-- A young woman wanders dazed through a labyrinth of caves, unable to speak or remember her own name. A glowing pearl hangs around her neck, and sunk into her skull is a tiny silver pin. With this arresting scene, Pierce opens the final volume of her award-winning ``Darkangel'' trilogy (Joy Street/Little). Her heroine, Aeriel, is a victim of the world-destroying witch she has tried to thwart; the silver pin has put Aeriel in this state. Rescued and restored by the Ancientlady Ravenna (who bestows her powers and knowledge upon Aeriel before dying), Aeriel must take the pearl to Ravenna's heir. The destruction of the witch crushes the immediate threat to the planet, but Aeriel, newly reunited with her husband, Irrylath, finds new sorrows in her role as world guardian. The striking opening scene draws readers irresistibly into Pierce's fantasy world, but the flashback necessitated by this beginning slows the pace of the story considerably. Those who have read the earlier books will find this no hardship, however. Pierce continues to have the power to capture the imagination of her readers. Her creativity never falters. --Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Pub . Lib .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152018009
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Darkangel Trilogy Series
  • Pages: 322
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2003

    5 Stars No matter what

    This book was great. But at the end it was Sad i mean i cried. I Mean she went through so much you would think she would get a break. But the DarkAngel series is one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2002

    AWESOME!

    If you like fantasy, then you will love this book. Merideth has done a wonderful job. I give it five stars. It's one of the best, well writen fantasy books I have ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    The ending

    I thought the book was very exciting until I read the ending. She was suppose to stay with Irrylath not go! It was very disappointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2002

    WHAT HAPPEND TO THE ENDING!?

    I love this series and I read through it quickly cause I couldn't put it down. But I was terribly upset with the ending. It ruined the whole series for me. I just wonder what was she thinking!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    Reviews of the 'The Pearl of the Soul of the World

    This is one of the greatest books I've ever read. I finish it in only three days. I love the way Ms. Peirce write her books, how the hero wanders alone but is never alone in the end. Her books a like life with both sacrifce and joy. I LOVED the ending if you ask me. Every one loved Aeriel and she is no longer a stupid slave. And I'm glad she left Irrylath, I thought he was weak. If he really loved her he would have understood. I'm still not to clear though on what her new job is with the world. All I can say is she will be a famous sorceress and I think she will do something about Erin's life span(make it longer). Ms. Peirce's endings in her book aren't always happy, but still a good ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2001

    More than Outstanding!

    The Pearl of the Soul of the World was one of the best books I ever read. I fell in love with the Darkangel Trilogy years ago, and with the ending of this book.. Oh,it was just such a good book!! It was everything you wanted and more! The ending was just soo sad though. I just wish Meredith Ann Pierce would give us an epilogue to the Trilogy! But in all, I loved it! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2001

    How sad it is to see this wonderful Trilogy come to an end

    The ending was sad to me, no one got what they wanted, I loved it! Now the white witch is gone, what next? I wish there was a follow up to this book, I loved it! Ariel gathered the lost lons, that would serve as steeds for her husband's brothers, and now, they are off to fight the white witch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2000

    K. Smith

    I thought the book had a great end. I might not be an adult, but that book has held on to my mind. I have never read such a dramatic book. The book has made me want to read.(I wasn't such a fan of reading) I hope Meredith writes more. I only got the book from our school library.---K. S. PS--I can't wait to find the first two books!!!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2000

    Best book I ever read

    This was such a very good book. It is very depressing, but very hoplifting. It leaves you never wanting ot put it down, and there is never a dull moment. Before you read this book, you must read the first 2 books first (The DarkAngel (1) A Gathering of Gargoyles (2))

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