Blackbringer (Dreamdark, #1)

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  • Title: Blackbringer (Dreamdark, #1)
  • Author: Laini Taylor
  • ISBN: 9780545243919
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 asWhen 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 her hero, the legendary Bellatrix, did 25,000 years ago With her faithful gang of crows, she travels the world fighting where others would choose to flee But when a devil escapes from a bottle sealed by the ancient Djinn King himself the creator of the world she may be in over her head How can a single faerie, even with the help of her friends, hope to defeat the impenetrable darkness of the Blackbringer At a time when fantasy readers have an embarrassment of riches in choosing new worlds to fall in love with, this first novel by a fresh, original voice is sure to stand out.

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    1. 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 inhab [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 forg [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 books [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 Black [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 wanderI wasn't expecting a repeat of Daughter of s [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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.

    16. Actual Rating: 4.5 / 5I did a double-take when a 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 modern-d [...]

    17. I really enjoyed "Blackbringer"! 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 expected in a jo [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. This and my other reviews can be found at amethystbookwyrm/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 characters. This book s [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. " 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.

    22. Nothing wrong with this book, but it is just too young for my taste. I will wait for Laini's next YA book.

    23. 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.

    24. 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."

    25. 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!

    26. 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 m [...]

    27. Super cute story. I'd really like to read the sequel. Too bad the cheapest a used copy is being sold for is $30. I really think they need to reproduce these books since Laini Taylor has gained popularity. I'm sure her fans would appreciate being able to read her first works without paying ridiculous prices. On a bright note this book is fairly easy to find and it ends well so that you don't necessarily HAVE to read the sequel.

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