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Blackbringer (Dreamdark) Paperback – May 14, 2009
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Tremendousaa vivid adventure in a place both familiar and new, characters that made me laugh and cheer, and a truly frightening villain. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. aShannon Hale, Newbery Honor Winner
Belongs at the top of everyone s fantasy must-read list." Kirkus Reviews", starred review
Tremendous a vivid adventure in a place both familiar and new, characters that made me laugh and cheer, and a truly frightening villain. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Shannon Hale, Newbery Honor Winner
Tremendous?a vivid adventure in a place both familiar and new, characters that made me laugh and cheer, and a truly frightening villain. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. ?Shannon Hale, Newbery Honor Winner
Belongs at the top of everyone's fantasy must-read list." - Kirkus Reviews", starred review
Tremendous - a vivid adventure in a place both familiar and new, characters that made me laugh and cheer, and a truly frightening villain. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. - Shannon Hale, Newbery Honor Winner
Top Customer Reviews
Taylor excels as vivid description. Her fairy world comes alive as I have rarely seen before. What this lacks in comparison to DOSB is that element of mystery surrounding the heroine. Magpie has an unknown destiny, but it didn't feel urgent until more than halfway through the book. It took me a month to read the first half as I put it down to read other books. Yet, the second half was so exciting, action-packed, and entertaining that I finished it in about an hour and started the sequel! Since this was the debut work of the author, I can understand why it doesn't hold up to the power of DOSB. Still, it was an enjoyable story with a classic storyline of good and evil, and a strong heroine.
Overall, a recommended read that has me eager for the sequel, but expectations should be kept in line with a debut novel and not the more accomplished DOSB.
Gotcher attention, eh? I think that if you knew me, you'd know that I don't throw out statements like this willy-nilly. I've read enough books for children and teens to know that no matter how good a story seems while you are reading it, there's bound to be another that steals your heart a day or two later. Good books are published every single day, and declaring one to be the be all and end all of any category is just plain wrong.
That said, if you read only one fantasy book this year, read this one.
I mean it. First time author Laini Taylor has written a doozy of a debut. It's one of those books you read and then find you can't put down. I repeatedly found myself on the New York City subway system in a state of frustration every time I arrived at my stop. Somehow, Taylor is able to write a fantasy novel so compelling that you can never put it down because you've found yourself at a particularly exciting moment. Separating itself from every other fantasy series out there (an accomplishment in and of itself) Taylor's written a book with just enough humor, tension, excitement, hope, joy, and pure unadulterated despair to please even the most jaded of fantasy loving kiddies. And it's about freakin' fairies.
Funny story. Remember that old fairy tale about the guy who found a genie in a bottle and when he opened it he was granted three wishes? Well, it won't surprise you too much then to hear that these days whenever a human finds a bottle their first instinct is to uncork the sucker. Problem is, genies aren't the denizens of these bottles. Demons are. And when the demons are let loose upon the world there's only one gal with the guts to put them in their place.Read more ›
The story can be a little hard to follow at first--the faerie language and its nuances took a little getting used to.
I have been recommending this book to young and old alike.
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 modern-day forest tucked away from human knowledge and teeming with magic-wielding faeries, hedge and scavenger imps, and djinn. One of the faeries, Magpie Windwitch, has devoted her life to hunting devils in the human realm. When Magpie and her flock of talking crows track down an opened devil's bottle once sealed by the Djinn King, she knows something is terribly wrong. Her search takes her back to Dreamdark, where she reunites with old friends, meets new ones, and must contend with a suspicious new faerie queen and the standoffish Djinn King himself. But how can she - a tiny faerie - defeat something that is no mere devil, but a vindictive, ravenous evil that threatens to destroy Dreamdark and the world beyond?
Within a couple chapters, I fell in love with Blackbringer and its rich world-building. The history of Dreamdark and its faeries, and the origin story of how the djinn created Earth, plays a crucial part of the story. Yet it's sprinkled methodically throughout, and readers learn everything they need to know as the plot unfolds. And Laini Taylor's writing style... Gosh, it took my breath away! Fluid, precise, and lyrical, all without becoming too sophisticated for a young audience.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the book. Very magical and sweet. Enjoyed the development of the characters tend the concept that even the small in body can be powerful in heart and overcome adversity. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Wayne Clairborne
Beautiful, magical story. The words just flow off the page and leave you satisfied at every turn.Published 28 days ago by Joanna Gregory
The one appeal this novel had to me was the fact that crows were going to be heroes. That being said, I dislike how they're characterized. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Debra Tucker
I love beautiful imagery. Her language reminded me of Dylan Thomas and "Fern Hill" . The crows are great. Cigar smoking coffee drinkers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I bought this book when it came out seven years ago and the two books in the series are in my top ten book list. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L
This was a great story from the perspective of creatures that live outside of influence of 'mannies'. I was really drawn into the world of fearies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nicole Alleyne
One of my teens' favorite books. We've loaned this out (and never gotten it back) so many times that we just keep extra copies on hand.Published 5 months ago by M. Munoz