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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Dreamdark (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird; Reprint edition (May 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780142411681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142411681
  • ASIN: 014241168X
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Magpie, granddaughter of the West Wind, is born of dreams. When Humans—"mannies"—start letting loose devils in the world, faerie Magpie and her band of rough-and-tumble, cheroot-smoking crows must start hunting them down. The tale takes its time in unfolding, with lovely echoes of its literary antecedents from Tolkien on down. Magpie also learns it is she who must keep the dark from swallowing the world. She finds where the dragons, and her ancient heroine, Bellatrix, have gone, and she wakes an ancient djinni.The tapestry of the world needs reweaving, and a blond, tattooed princeling needs a way to remake his malformed wings. This all braids together into a radiant conclusion. Vibrant language overcomes a surfeit of telling rather than showing. 'Pie is one tough faerie, and the way is open for more tales about her to come. DeCandido, GraceAnne A.
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"Taylor's debut fantasy...is a fresh take on a well-worn milieu, and the author's knack for faerie dialogue...makes for engaging escapism." --Publishers Weekly

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Laini Taylor is the author of the National Book Award Finalist Lips Touch: Three Times, as well as the novels Blackbringer and Silksinger. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2012
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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 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.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you read only one fantasy book this year, read this one.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BaltimoreGirl on September 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful story, full of action and well rounded characters. While it would have been easy to fall into stereotypes, if only to move the story along, the author gives the reader lots of surprises--you feel like you are learning something new and exciting throughout the book.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. L. FitzGerald on July 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In the interest of full disclosure, let me start out by saying that I know the author of this book, so I expected to like it. I did have reservations going in, however, being that the only fantasy books I own have the words Harry and Potter in them. I am a Jane Austen, , occasional chick lit, sometimes heavy english literature kind of girl.

That said, she had me at Hello. Or in this case 'So much depended on this tiny faerie whom dreams had at last made real'. As another reviewer said below, this book IS extraordinary. I was sucked into Dreamdark from the beginning and could do nothing except finish reading it.

Magical is a good way to describe this book, both in content and execution. The world of Dreamdark that Laini has created is as rich and full as the language she uses to describe it. The story is a lavishly woven tapestry of color, characters, mythology, history, dreams and magic. The sense of brotherhood and of purpose of some, and the lack of it in others is what makes this story one worth finishing as quickly as possible, simply to find out what Magpie and her crows do and how she handles it.

This book was magical and I highley recommend it to anyone of any age who is looking for an adventurous ride thorugh a new land with a hero of the age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Kearns on July 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I had been awaiting the day that Blackbringer came out for months (like perhaps a star wars geek waits for the opening night, except I didn't camp out, or wear a costume when I picked it up) because I wanted so badly to read it again! I was lucky enough to get to read one of the last drafts of Blackbringer (in two days, on vacation at the beach, I didn't see to much of the beach those days!) and I couldn't wait to read it again, but this time, without the danger of losing the pages!

Its fantastic. I don't know what else to say that hasn't already been said by the other reviewers. I was sad to close the book every time I had to put it down. And-like all my favorites-I was regretting reading it so fast when I was done with it, because I wasn't ready to leave that world! Laini created such a beautiful forest (Dreamdark) that I could picture it in my mind, and I wanted to be there in Poppy's garden and workroom, and I wanted to have dinner in the Rathersting castle surrounded by fierce, tattooed fairy warriors!

So all in all, go get this book, read it, then make all your friends read it, none of you will regret it!
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