Years before Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Meredith Ann Pierce created the Darkangel trilogy for readers 12 and older. In this, the first book in the series from 1982, Aeriel is kidnapped by the darkangel, a black-winged vampyre of astounding beauty and youth, and taken to his castle keep. There she must serve his thirteen wives, wraiths whose souls he has stolen away. Aeriel knows that she must kill the darkangel before he takes his next bride and comes into full power, but she is captivated by his beauty and intrigued by the spark of goodness she sees inside of him. Will Aeriel risk damning all of humanity to save the darkangel's soul, or can she end his reign of terror before he finds his final bride?
"An innovative fantasy … The Darkangel surely is a story which knows no age limits."—Madeleine L'Engle