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

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  4,246 Ratings  ·  570 Reviews
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
Published 2008 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published June 21st 2007)
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Mays Yes, it's a little slow moving but it feels really genuine.
Mays 11 and up, it does not contain any gore or overly mature themes. Highly recommended.
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J.L.   Sutton
Sep 03, 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 (Back to the Books)
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
Jan 05, 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.
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
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
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
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
Mar 14, 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
May 30, 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
Oct 09, 2007 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
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
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
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
Dec 09, 2015 Kami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awe! I'm so glad for Talon! :-)
I just wasn't able to get very interested in this one. Kind of a bummer, the narrator was fantastic.
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
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
Jan 23, 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
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

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
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.
Nothing wrong with this book, but it is just too young for my taste. I will wait for Laini's next YA book.
Jennifer (the_pumpkin_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.
Jan 30, 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."
Narmeen Hyder
Sep 30, 2016 Narmeen Hyder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never thought I would have a soft spot for crows. Laini Taylor, you've done it again, making me like things I never liked before!
Jan 26, 2010 Kaia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

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'
Jul 31, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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