11

This is a story I read as a teenager, if I remember correctly, more than 40 years ago and I only remember vague glimpses that I find hard to put into words, so I do realise it may be a very tall order. As far as I remember, it was a novel, but not a long one. It may have been part of a series, but as far as I remember, it was readable as a stand-alone novel. I didn't entirely understand the story back then, and but I remember enjoying it and now I'd like to find it again.

The main thing I do remember was that the main character was a young woman, who loses her memory for a longish time because something like a bird(?) comes flying and inserts a silver(?) needle into her head, but she regains her memories when it is removed. The setting of the story is on the moon(?), which has been terraformed, and I seem to remember that it was slightly 'medieval' in some ways, with kings(?) and a kind of magic or similar.

  • This feels to me like something that Patricia McKillip might have written. Identity and memory being frequently visited themes... – DavidW Nov 11 '19 at 14:33
  • @DavidW I'll have to study her works - what I see on Wikipedia certainly looks worth it, but I'm not convinced, not yet. Thx for the reference, though. – j4nd3r53n Nov 11 '19 at 14:40
8

This sounds like the Darkangel series by Meredith Ann Pierce.

It's set on the moon, a long time after it's been abandoned, terraformed and populated by mythic creatures who go on medieval-style quests. Inhabitants included creatures like the Sphynx, because the moon at some point had been almost like an amusement park for humanity-that-was.

At one point in one of the sequels (A Gathering of Gargoyles and The Pearl of the Soul of the World), the main character, Ariel, has her heart pierced by a shard of ice and wakes up... different. There's no needle in her head that I remember, but the other points are so unique to this trilogy that I think even if you're mixing it up with something else, Darkangel is part of it.

Perhaps the bird-like creature was the Darkangel himself? Does this cover look familiar? Book cover with a black-winged vampire carrying an unconscious woman

There's magic in the story - for example there's a cloak of invisibility.

|improve this answer|||||
  • I don't recall the cover - when I read it, it was in Danish translation and probably as a library loan bound in something unspeakable - but the author's name rings a bell. I think you may be right. I'll read up on it. – j4nd3r53n Nov 11 '19 at 15:33
  • 2
    It was "The Pearl of the Soul of the World"! From the wikipedia article: "A pin in her skull, placed there by an agent of the Witch, forces her to avoid thinking...". Thanks a lot! – j4nd3r53n Nov 11 '19 at 15:50

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.