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Blackbringer (Dreamdark, #1) (Faeries of Dreamdark #1)

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Magpie Windwitch, cucu West Wind, tidak seperti peri lainnya. Ketika kebanyakan kaumnya tinggal di hutan-hutan yang sunyi dan terpencil, menghindar dari iblis yang kembali ke dunia setelah ribuan tahun di penjara, hanya Magpie yang berdiri menghadapi mereka. Bersama teman-temannya yang setia, dia berkeliling dunia memburu iblis-iblis haus darah seperti yang dilakukan pahla ...more
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Published March 2011 by Penerbit Kubika (first published June 21st 2007)
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J.L.   Sutton
Oct 02, 2015 J.L. Sutton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really excellent fish and chips with wonderfully battered and melt in your mouth Atlantic cod, malted vinegar and crisped chips! That’s my food analogy for Laini Taylor’s Blackbringer (Dreamdark #1). Ah, nothing like excellent fish and chips! As Abby told me at lunch today, a book review is only successful when you get to the end and you’re hungrier than when you started. She might have been joking, but I’m pretending otherwise! Taylor’s faerie world, and the language she uses to inhabit it, tra ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Blackbringer is well done fantasy fiction with faeries. The storyline is intricate and inventive. I never thought I'd read a book that was able to combine faerie lore with djinn lore, but it was done very successfully here. I liked the characters, including Magpie, the lead heroine, and her murder of crows who she travels with. They love her dearly and their love is reciprocated in spades. And there is also Talon, a Prince of a faerie warrior clan of Dreamdark, who was born with underdeveloped w ...more
Ash Reads
Apr 03, 2016 Ash Reads rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have heard such great things about this book, but unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it.
R.J.
Jul 05, 2008 R.J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I nearly didn't read this book because I was horribly afraid that it would be too much like my own small-winged-faery-hunter-with-knife-and-crows book (can you blame me?!) and I dreaded the possibility that Laini Taylor might have told the same story I had, and better.

However, when my son broke his arm and had to spend the night in hospital last October I was dying for SOMETHING to read, and when I walked into Chapters there it was, my nemesis. I knew Betsy Bird of Fuse #8 fame had loved it, and
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Chemung County Library District
Dreamdark – Blackbringer, by Laini Taylor
As a Youth Services staff member, I have been whittling down the list of must-reads recommended by both book review periodicals and fellow Juvenile and YA readers. I have been mired in teen angst, hurled through recycled adventures, and generally worn-out by stories that just don't wow.

This book, Dreamdark, was recommended to me by a staff member. It sounded like another rehashing of fairy-tale ingredients, but because it had earned such praise, I forged
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Andrea
Magie Windwitch is much more adventurous than most faeries. Accompanying her scholarly parents around the world to record dying magics, she becomes a devil hunter with a merry band of crows. When she discovers a loosed devil that seems different than all of the rest, she returns home for the first time in 80 years to get answers.

I was reluctant to start this because as much as I love Susanna Clarke's fae, I was growing kind of tired of the teen faery sagas I'd run across lately. This story was c
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Christine
Jan 29, 2009 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was enchanted by Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer. Laini Taylor's writing pulled me in, and the characters and story wouldn't let me go. The first bit of dialogue hooked me; I loved how the characters don't use some exalted High Language, but instead speak in a wonderful rough-and-ready dialect. Dialect is tough to pull off, and one that's largely invented even more so. But Taylor does it brilliantly; enough to add richness and flavor, not so much as to be confusing.

The main character, Magp
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Sandra
Jul 08, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up with Disney versions of the famous Grimm collection of fairytales. Color, imagery, whimsey melded into a tapestry of beauty. I especially loved Fantasia and as an adult still love it. Blackbringer brings Fantasia to mind. Faeries, whimsical crows, impish imps, delightful crows that sing, dance. love and fight to save their world. All make for a reading experience that it just that - an experience.

Faeries. Magpie Windwitch comes from dreams, she's made from the fabric of dreams and wove
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Chachic
Oct 20, 2011 Chachic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chachic by: Kristen
Originally posted here.

Laini Taylor is one of my favorite discoveries this year. I fell in love with both Lips Touch and Daughter of Smoke and Bone when I got to read them. Since the latter is getting a lot of attention from bloggers and readers alike, I thought it would be a good idea to feature her lesser-known Dreamdark novel during Retro Friday.

Blackbringer is the first book in the Dreamdark series. Laini Taylor mentions in her website that she initially wanted to write five Dreamdark bo
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Jessica
Jan 27, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
An amazing book! This is Laini Taylor's debut novel, and she has created a world that I would love to live in. In fact, I'm jealous that I didn't think of it. Her faeries are tiny and insect winged, all that you'd imagine, and yet more. A rich society, living parallel to ours, and struggling to protect the world from dark forces like the Blackbringer. Magpie is a great characters . . . actually, all her characters are great: real and believable, yet magical at the same time. Can't wait for the s ...more
Ben Babcock
I’m not saying I’m book-stalking Laini Taylor. I’m not not saying it either. My landlady happened to borrow Blackbringer (or Dreamdark: Blackbringer for those in favour of colon book titles) from the library while seeking the third instalment of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. This isn’t it, incidentally—it’s actually Taylor’s debut novel, but in many ways it’s even better. How can that be? Well, it has fairies. And djinn. And dragons.

Did I mention it has fairies?

In Blackbringer, eight
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Barb Middleton
Well lassies, I waffled between a two and three star. The potential is there but the book falls short on plot and character development. Magpie Windwitch is a roaming faerie who fights devils that humans are releasing from bottles that had been sealed by fairies long ago. When she finds a devil that threatens to devour the world she seeks the help of the Djinn King that sealed it thousands of years before. In the process she discovers how she came to have strange powers that help heal a world th ...more
Deva Fagan
This was the sort of book I like to linger over, just enjoying the pretty words and the vivid images. I was not surprised to learn that Ms. Taylor is an artist, because BLACKBRINGER reminds me of the sort of intricate, beautiful-with-corners-of-creepiness picture books I loved as a kid. But it was also a just plain fun story, with a fresh and spunky heroine, and ancient mysteries and magic.

Also, I just loved the crows. Unreasonably. I wish I had my own pack of cheerful, loyal, cheroot-smoking t
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Julia
Magpie Windwich is a fairy who, with her band of crow companions, hunts down the devils that are plaguing the world. She has discovered a new kind of evil however in the most recent devil she found. There is nothing but darkness and gnawing hunger where she would normally expect to find filth and blood. To learn of what she has found, she decides she must chase down the djinn, the elemental forces that created the world, but they are in hiding and have not been seen for millenia. 'Pie is not sto ...more
Javachix
I was so excited to read another Laini Taylor book. I absolutely LOVED Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the follow up book, Days of Blood and Starlight. I tried very hard to become interested in the story line. I kept at it for 40 pages until I realized I was reading pages and not paying attention. I was skimming whole pages as I often do when the story just isn't interesting. I kept re-reading paragraphs over and over again, because my mind would wander
I wasn't expecting a repeat of Daughter of
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Tandie
I just wasn't able to get very interested in this one. Kind of a bummer, the narrator was fantastic.
Kami
Dec 13, 2015 Kami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awe! I'm so glad for Talon! :-)
James M. Madsen, M.D.
I really enjoyed "Blackbringer"! Goodreads already has many excellent reviews that summarize the plot and point out both the charms and the imperfections in this debut novel from Laini Taylor, of "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" fame. I agree that the ending was a bit rushed and didn't tie up all of the loose ends about the pretender faerie queen. The main elements of the plot were also predictable, although there were delightful surprises along the way. But the imperfections are those to be expecte ...more
Sara
Actual Rating: 4.5 / 5

I did a double-take when a Goodreads friend recommended Blackbringer for my fairy novel "market research" project. For some reason, I was under the impression that Daughter of Smoke and Bone was Laini Taylor's first novel. (It's actually her fourth.) And since I'd been meaning to read Taylor's work for a while, Blackbringer went to the top of my TBR list. Well, I'm now grateful I made that choice, because this was such a treat!

Blackbringer introduces readers to Dreamdark, a
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J'aime
Apr 09, 2012 J'aime rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" so much, I immediately ordered more books by the author to satisfy my craving until the inevitable sequel. Since DOSB was technically YA lit, I didn't hesitate when I saw that Blackbringer was also, especially since it has so many glowing reviews. However, it leans more heavily toward the younger crowd than toward adults. But, like the first Harry Potter, there is so much potential here.

Taylor excels as vivid description. Her fairy world comes alive as I ha
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

Magpie Windwitch is an adventurous fairy, who hunts, captures and imprisons devils in their ancient bottles. However, when an old evil named Blackbringer wants to unmake the world it is up to Magpie and her friends to save Dreamdark. This is a well written fantasy which is very descriptive and in-depth, Magpie is a strong and independent Fairy, and this book has lovely drawings so you can picture all the different c
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Victoria
Nov 07, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2014
I went to this book in mourning after finishing the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, hoping (irrationally so) for some sort of continuation (even though this book was written first), a thread of that love that I could hang on to - for just one book longer! Of course, that didn't happen. That's not, though, to say that this was in any way a bad book - it was just...different - like a rebound relationship after spending years with another, trying to recapture some of that lost happiness only to ...more
Aurora
Feb 13, 2015 Aurora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beautiful-prose
Most faeries are happy to live in seclusion deep in the forest of Dreamdark. But Magpie Windwitch is not like most fairies. She is the granddaughter of the West Wind and she travels the world, hunting devils, with her loyal gang of talking crows. When they encounter an entirely different kind of devil they fear they are in over their heads. So they return to Dreamdark in search of the help they need to fight this ancient evil.

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy renewed my faith in YA fantasy
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Heather
Oct 03, 2007 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairies, djinn, crows, adventure, magic
" Magpie Windwitch, faerie, devil hunter and granddaughter of the West Wind, must defent an ancient evil creature, called the Blackbringer, who has escaped from his bottle and threatens to unmake all creation."

Wow! Wow! And WOW again! This book was unlike any other fantasy I have ever read. I loved it! In the days where every fantasy book has some Harry Potter element, it's refreshing to read something entirely different.
Skip
Aug 19, 2016 Skip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, e-books
3.75 stars, and not as good as her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. This book follows the adventures of a young faery named Magpie, who along with her companions, a murder of crows, and prince Talon (a faery prince from the protectors of Dreamdark.) Together, they set out to stop a truly evil foe, who has escaped the prison to which he was relegated by the champion faery Bellatrix in days long passed. In order to succeed, she has to enlist the help of an ancient djinn. The novel moves along we ...more
Jennifer
Mar 28, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
A very sweet, YA adventure. You can clearly see how Laini grows as a writer between DreamDark and Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I truly enjoyed her faerie world.
Eh?Eh!
Feb 07, 2011 Eh?Eh! rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babble-added
Cute, and looks like the series is going to be about 6 or 7 books long. The dialogue is written with sort of an accent, all "ach!" and "aye" and "lassie" and "lad."
Tatiana
Nothing wrong with this book, but it is just too young for my taste. I will wait for Laini's next YA book.
Lindsey
Sep 12, 2015 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dreamdark was a unique and well-told story. I love Laini Taylor's voice and writing style. It was refreshing to read a fantasy book that didn't spend the first 200 pages just world building (that's right, I'm looking at you Brandon Sanderson). The world was developed as driven by the plot. The mythology created by Taylor was different and successfully woven together.

I liked the cast of oddball characters. I didn't think I would like the crows, but Taylor made them endearing and colorful. I also
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Inspired Kathy
Jun 18, 2014 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
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I loved Laini's series The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I had Blackbringer on Audible so thought I'd give it a try. Blackbringer is a good book. I liked it but it was nothing close to how much I enjoyed The Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

Likely my expectations were too high going into this one. And I realized while listening to this one that while I do enjoy fantasy I like a more romance and human elements tied into this type of book. That said this is still a really unique and entertaining story. I
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Hi there! I'm a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My 'Dreamdark' books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries -- not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It's creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . abo ...more
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