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

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When the ancient evil of the Blackbringer rises to unmake the world, only one determined faerie stands in its way. However, Magpie Windwitch, granddaughter of the West Wind, is not like other faeries. While her kind live in seclusion deep in the forests of Dreamdark, she's devoted her life to tracking down and recapturing devils escaped from their ancient bottles, just as...more
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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
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...more
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...more
Sandra
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...more
Christine
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...more
R.j.
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...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...more
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
Chachic
Oct 20, 2011 Chachic rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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 book...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...more
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
Jessica
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
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
Jaime
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...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...more
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...more
Eh?Eh!
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.
Inspired Kathy
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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...more
Kaia
Some time ago I read Holly Black’s The Spiderwick Chronicles, largely because I enjoyed the movie and the local bookstore had a nifty version with all five stories and extra illustrations in it. I liked it enough that I started taking into consideration the whole fairy fad going on these days. I’d been avoiding books with fairies because I was utterly sick of them. But a short time ago, while in the bookstore, I found myself questioning this.

“Self,” I thought, “is that really fair? I mean, you h...more
Melissa
Although I first found the whimsical qualities of this book to be a bit distracting, the story soon began to increase in complexity and kept me involved. I'm not usually a reader of books with talking, cigar-smokin' crows, and the sweetness of fairy-wings, so it took me a little while to let myself go and just ride the story.

And it was a fun little ride. Magpie Windwitch is a tiny fairy taking on a grandiose world. Not alone, of course. Along the way she is supported by a flock of boisterous, ch...more
Robert
Blackbringer, an ancient evil, has been freed from a bottle floating at sea, and is heading for Dreamdark, a little fairy kingdom somewhere up in Scotland (one presumes, based on the slightly unconvincing accents), to find the king of djinns, and Magpie Windwitch with her loyal retinue of crows (think a crow circus of doting uncles / seven feathered dwarves) is up to trying to stop this ancient evil. Along the way, she'll meet imps friendly and unfriendly (imps are basically rodents with a spark...more
Vania
Laini Taylor’s fairy book, The Faries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer is nothing short of magical. From the first page you are pulled into a world of fantastical faeries, demons and Djinns and best of all it’s filled laced with magic. Magpie Windwitch is a young fairie, but a fairie that I consider to be street smart. She’s spent most of her life in companion with crows traveling and hunting demons. She’s independent and strong but best of all has a heart of gold!

It would do you no good for me to sit...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
3.75

First, let me say that I'm a sucker for faeries. I'm also a sucker for action-adventure type stories, and stories which contain elements of romance but which are not "romance stories". This book fulfills all those criteria, and in a fun way.

But I should also say that this book isn't exactly breaking any new territory. It's the story of a young, spunky sprite who is the sort of 'promised one' who will save the world, fight the darkness, and have triumphs and tribulations along the way. There'...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

I have read many books about fairies this year but this was the best of the lot. Okay, while I was reading the others I thought the same thing, but this book was a stand out!

Magpie is a fairy who is a devil catcher. Humans have been letting them out to plague the world. She is the only one who has the ability to make the glyphs to rid the world of these foul beings. She finds that a new devil, one who is different and scarier than the rest, has bee...more
Biblia Fyle
After an initially confusing beginning-as the authoress puts in lots of information about the history of the fairies and the djinn about which you have no idea- you begin to pick up on the context in which the story is taking place , as well as become familiar with the idiosynchratic way Magpie and the crows speak (reminiscent of Scottish and Northern English dialect with use of "ken" for understand, "for true," for "really," and other imaginative interjections like "jacksmoke.") After this, the...more
Melody
Lush, gorgeous and involving. This is a faery tale that manages to be both classical and modern at the same time. The world-building is excellent, the dialogue brilliantly well-done and the story arc satisfying. I love crows in the real world, and Taylor's anthropomorphized crows delighted me. There's not the sexy, dangerous undercurrent that I adored in Lips Touch: Three Times, but it would be out of place in this book, which has plenty of non-sexy danger and is aimed at a slightly younger audi...more
Amy!
More like 2.5 stars. I LOVE Laini Taylor's other books (Daughter of Smoke & Bone especially), so I was a little disappointed with this one. I'm sort of over the faery stories kind of books, so there was that working against it, and I don't love middle grade books (for the 12-ish set), and frankly, this just wasn't as good as her other books. Plus it was freaking long for a book written with 12 and 13 year olds in mind. It went fast, but even when I was halfway through with it, I debated fini...more
Jpmist
It took a while to settle into the faerie world that Taylor created, but once I did I found this to be an enjoyable fantasy adventure story that moved along well and had some interesting characters I wanted to know more about. The writer has an inventive imagination and while reading it kept thinking what Peter Jackson was doing after "The Hobbit," cause he could so nail putting this world on the screen.

That said, it was nothing really more than an adventure story and a quick read. Not that ther...more
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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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