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The Pearl of the Soul of the World
Contributor(s): Pierce, Meredith Ann (Author)

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ISBN: 0316067245     ISBN-13: 9780316067249
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Published: February 2008
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Annotation: In the final chapter of the Darkangel Trilogy, Aeriel must unlock the power of a single pearl, imbued with all the sorcery and wisdom of the world, to face the White Witch in battle and discover her true destiny.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Fantasy - General
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 13-17
Grade Level: 8-12
Lexile Measure: 720(Not Available)
Series: Darkangel Trilogy (Paperback)
Physical Information: 0.74" H x 5.74" W x 8.2" (0.53 lbs) 263 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 67003
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 9.0
 
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Publisher Description:
The spellbinding conclusion to the Darkangel Trilogy Armed with a magical pearl imbued with all the sorcery and wisdom of the world, bestowed upon her by the Ancient known as Ravenna, Aeriel finally comes face-to-face with the White Witch and her vampire sons. Backed by her husband, his army of good, and a throng of magical steeds, she must unlock the power of the pearl to awaken her true destiny and save the world.

Contributor Bio(s): Meredith Ann Pierce is a recognized and well-known author among fans of the young adult fantasy genre and the cross-over adult market. The Darkangel, her very first book, was an ALA Best Book, a New York Times Notable Children's Book, a Parent's Choice Award Superbook, a Booklist Best Book of the Decade, and was honored with the IRA's annual Children's Book Award and the California Young Reader Medal. She has received the Jane Tinkam Broughton Fellowship in Writing for children from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and an Individual Artist Fellowship Special Award for Children's Literature by the Florida Department of State's Division of Cultural Affairs. She currently resides in Florida.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1990 February #2)
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.) Copyright 1990 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1990 April)
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 . Copyright 1990 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1989 December)
Gr 6 Up--Dazed, a young woman wan ders through a labyrinth of caves, un able to speak or remember her own name. A glowing pearl hangs around her neck, and in her pale hair gleams a tiny silver pin. With this arresting scene, Pierce opens the final volume of her acclaimed Darkangel Trilogy. Her heroine, Aeriel, is a victim of the world- destroying witch she has been trying to combat; the silver pin sunk deep into her head is responsible for her state. Rescued and restored by the Ancient Ravenna, Aeriel receives the dying Ra venna's powers within her pearl and must carry them to her successor. The subsequent destruction of the witch puts an end to the threats to the planet, but to Aeriel, newly reunited with her husband, Irrylath, it brings only sorrow and new burdens. Becoming Ravenna's successor, she must leave Irrylath for ever and set out with only her faithful companion, Erin, on her lonely destiny as world guardian. Readers will be im mediately and irresistibly drawn into Pierce's fantasy world, but the flash back necessitated by this beginning slows the pace of the story considera bly. Those who have read the earlier books will find this no hardship, how ever. Pierce always has the power to catch the imagination of her readers, and her creativity never falters.--Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information.
 
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