- Series: Dreamdark (Book 1)
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Firebird; Reprint edition (May 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014241168X
- ISBN-13: 978-0142411681
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 152 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Belongs at the top of everyoneas fantasy must-read list." aKirkus Reviews," starred review
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
About the Author
Laini Taylor is a writer & artist living in Portland, Oregon. Her debut novel, Dreamdark: Blackbringer was published to much acclaim, including stars from Booklist, Bank Street College of Education, and KLIATT; it was a Book Sense Children’s Pick; winner of the Baker & Taylor/PYRG Teen Readers Sweepstakes; is on the Sequoyah Book Awards Master List; and has received glowing praise from such luminaries as Holly Black, Newbery Honor-winner Shannon Hale, and New York Times bestseller Brandon Mull. A Fuse #8 Production states, “If you read only one fantasy book this year, read this one.” The companion volume Dreamdark: Silksinger will be published in September 2009, followed in October by a short-story collection Lips Touch.
Laini Taylor is also the creator of Laini’s Ladies, a gift product line she began making by hand to sell at a local art fair, which has expended to seventeen product lines—from stationary to garden object to holiday ornaments to jewelry—that have retailed in over 5,000 gift and specialty stores throughout the United States and Canada.
Laini Taylor lives with her husband, artist Jim Di Bartolo, and her elderly dog, Leroy, in a bright yellow house filled with lots of books and marionettes and robots. They spend their time drinking coffee and making stuff up, and are currently awaiting the birth of their first child.
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That said, this is a well-plotted, surprising, intriguing work. The heroine is a smart, tough cookie as are her companions, and when you're in the company of stage-performing crows who smoke cheroots, well, you're in good company indeed! There are plenty of twists to the plot incorporating some standard tales in surprising ways, a beautifully constructed mythology of creation and life/death along with a good many of The Good Folk. Young humans will like this and it stands up well for adult readers too, a rare bit of writing indeed.
Ms. Taylor's writings have thus far been a rare combination of intelligence, insightfulness, and intriguing plots & characters. I hope she continues writing for a very, very long time.
I loved Laini Taylor's Daughter Of Smoke and Bone so when I saw this I had to get it to try. I wasn't disappointed. Laini Taylor doesn't just tell a story, she weaves it. She draws you into her world with her rich descriptions and mesmerizing characters. While it took me a little while to get used to the writing style, it didn't detract from the story at all. The faeries in Blackbringer may be small but they are fierce. I loved everything about this book and am eagerly diving into book 2 now.
The world this author has created is amazing. I loved the language of the book, the story, and the wonderful characters. The villain is powerful, and scary, and the heroes are brave and true. The sequel will be out in September, and I am just itching to read it! Wonderful novel, clean, fun, a book any fantasy lover will have a hard time putting down.
The paperback of this wonderful book will be released May 14th!
Laini Taylor's writing is clever enough to surprise and feeling enough to delight. Colorful, fleshed-out characters and an interesting setting go a long way toward carrying the reader's sense of wonder. And the plot is just serious enough to hold even the mature readers most whimsical nature.
But truthfully, how could a story about faeries, imps, dragons, and devils be anything less than wonder and whimsy. The crows would say, "Un-skiving-likely, feathers!"