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Blackbringer

(Faeries of Dreamdark #1)

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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  5,218 ratings  ·  672 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
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published June 21st 2007 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
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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 rated it really liked it
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
R.J.
Jul 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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 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
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 forge
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Christine
Jan 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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Jessica
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Andrea
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Chachic
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 Dreamdar
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Barb Middleton
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya, faeries
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
Sandra
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Kara 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, eig
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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.
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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Javachix
Mar 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
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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Deva Fagan
Jul 05, 2008 added it
Shelves: 2008-read
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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Kami
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awe! I'm so glad for Talon! :-)
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Oh, that was lovely, creative, and sharp. Skews a bit younger than her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, but still full of the same gorgeous writing and imagery.
Bitchin' Reads
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Freaking finally. I have been sick for ages and very little reading was happening.
Jennifer
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Around page 20, I think: I'm too old to read about the adventures of a crow-riding faerie devil-slayer. I almost DNF, but have no other novels within easy reach of my bed. A hundred pages later, I concede that the underlying mythology of the world and its magic are intriguing. I'm also amused by the concept of awakening ancient powerful beings with...magical cakes. And now I'm all finished with Blackbringer and I am surprised by how much more I liked it than I thought I would.

Most fairy books a
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Ruth Jones
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything i've read by this author i've loved, and this one is no exception. A book to get lost in. Only wish that the second in this series was available in the UK.
Claire Blind Reader
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Laini Taylor is an amazing writer! The whole badass faerie thing was an amazing idea to begin with and add in that they're irish just made this a fantastic book. I love how Laini Taylor thinks and how her storied play out and I absolutely loved the diversity of the characters!

2018 reread review:

I have to say I was worried about rereading this book. I remember it being amazing and truly sparking my love of books and fantasy. I remember this being a thrill ride of adventure, cou
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Aurora
Feb 11, 2015 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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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
Tatiana
Nothing wrong with this book, but it is just too young for my taste. I will wait for Laini's next YA book.
X
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept, but I found it hard to get into. It did improve towards the end of the book, so maybe it just took me a while to get a feel for the world and where the story was going.
Em, Story Eater
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 stars.

At this point, I'm just in awe of Laini Taylor's brain
Kelsea
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
2.5🌟

I‘ve read both of Laini Taylor’s other series + Lips Touch and am always in awe of her beautiful writing and fantastic world-building. So I’ve been meaning to read Dreamdark for a while now.

Unfortunately, this story never caught me. I found it confusing and wasn’t interested in anything that happens. If it were written by any other author, I probably wouldn’t have finished it.

However, this isn’t to say it’s a bad story or that something is wrong with it. It just wasn’t my kind of story. Too
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Sharath
An attempt to get acquainted with Laini Taylor's prose and style before delving into more of her famous works...!!

A story with blend of Faeries and Djinns which vaguely recalls the creation of universe and the Tapestry holding it together..

Laini Taylor writing is sort of buttery and flowery which might take wee time getting used to..
Kat
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This was fine. It took me a long time to get engaged, and I think print would have been better than audio this time. By the end though, I was all in and rooting for Magpie & her wacky crew of cheroot smoking crow-nies (eh? eh?). Bottom line, I heart Laini Taylor. ...more
Lukasz
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fae
Longer review will, probably, come once I have new internet supplier. For instance I just have smartphone access to web. suffice to say, it's a good, but sometimes slow, book.
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