- Series: Dreamdark (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; 1 edition (September 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399246312
- ISBN-13: 978-0399246319
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dreamdark: Silksinger Hardcover – September 17, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5–9—In this second volume in the series, the adventures of Magpie and the other fairies of Dreamdark forest continue as they quest to find the remaining five djinn that created the world. Two legendary clans with special magical gifts, the Mothmage and the Silksingers, both long-thought extinct, reemerge as Magpie and her followers search for the djinn Azazel in Nazneen. Evil is brewing there, and many surprises await the fairy heroes as they try to protect the world's tapestry from unraveling. Silksinger defies genre barriers. It certainly feels like fantasy, but it has elements of adventure and horror as well. With excellent world-building and deft pacing, this story is difficult to put down. The characters are well developed, and their close relationships and rapid-fire dialogue enhance the story. Make no mistake, these are not girly Disney-esque creatures. Taylor's fairies are tough and can take care of themselves. Occasional sword violence is offset by a rigid respect for all life in this fairy culture. While Taylor does a good job of weaving details from the first book into the second, Silksinger will be best enjoyed if it is read in sequence. This is series fantasy at its best: readers who loved Blackbringer (Putnam, 2007) will certainly gobble up this installment.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH END
"...another ripping yarn, once again taking readers into an uncommonly well-articulated world...where the fairies are anything but the sugarplum sort." --Kirkus, starred
"This is series fantasy at its best: readers who loved Blackbringer (Putnam, 2007) will certainly gobble up this installment." --School Library Journal
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From the moving sacrifices of the opening chase to Whisper's gift of song at the close, Silksinger simply soars. Taylor's lyrical prose combined with her brilliant imagination, her ability to create unforgettable characters and her strong, solid plotting makes for a whole so magical it actually boggles my mind a little.
Silksinger has action and adventure and heroes of many different types - some quite unexpected - that are daring and determined. Some really nasty characters and the rather dark scenes they inhabit are balanced with humor and romance, magic, beauty, friendship and love. The story is involving and intricate, building beautifully on Blackbringer and hinting at what is to come.
In Silksinger, we are given the chance to revisit old friends and to meet a new group of fully developed and marvelously interesting characters. It would have been very easy for Taylor to make Whisper and Hirik only slightly altered clones of Magpie and Talon, but she avoids that, giving them their own personalities, suited to their back-stories. Whisper, in particular, is a somewhat non-traditional heroine and I think she (and her bravery) will appeal to many people, particularly children. Taylor's secondary characters continue to shine; I truly believe that a number of them could support their own books. (And the crows alone could have their own series!)
Taylor has also done an excellent job of developing a variety of different clans and societies in her stories, each with their own histories, which enriches the world of Dreamdark and gives it additional texture and depth. Happily, she manages to do this with a light touch, keeping the world building accessible to all ages.
Is Silksinger for kids? Yes. However, as mentioned above, IMO Silksinger is somewhat darker than Blackbringer which may affect its suitability for younger children. With only the smallest amount of editing, I read Blackbringer to my five year old granddaughter more than a year ago and she handled the scary parts just fine. I plan to hold off on reading Silksinger to her for another year or even two as I think she may find some of the scenes fairly disturbing. Kids in the intended age group of 9 - 12 should be fine with the more mature themes. As I often do, I suggest parents of younger children read the book first and use their own best judgment to determine if it suits their child's maturity level.
Is Silksinger for teens? Yes. It's a great story with stellar writing that will provide them with a break from the angsty romance currently so popular in young adult fiction. (Not that there's anything wrong with angsty romance!)
Is Silksinger for adults? Oh yes, most definitely yes. A novel this well-crafted is a delight for any age.
One note: If you haven't yet read Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer, I strongly suggest you do so before reading Silksinger. While Silksinger can certainly be enjoyed as a stand alone, I believe readers will take much more pleasure in it if they have knowledge of the history of Dreamdark as referenced in Blackbringer's pages.
My heart tells me this series is destined to become a classic. I know that, for me, it has already attained that status.
Very highly and joyfully recommended!
In Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer, Magpie fulfilled her destiny by awakening the Djinn King and becoming his champion. Now, she must find the remaining djinn before the tapestry of creation unravels. But, evil is also looking for the djinn - to destroy them before they can be awakened. It is a classic tale of good and evil, but Taylor imbues her fantasy with unique twists, like the glyph based magic system, and a host of faery creatures which include sentient winds and imps with the power of serendipity.
Overall, I truly enjoyed my time in Dreamdark and have high hopes that the success of Daughter of Smoke and Bone will rekindle her publisher's interest in this series (she had planned five books). I would definitely return to Dreamdark. Highly recommended to all fans of fantasy, regardless of age.
Hirik is a young fairy with an amazing sword that is looking to make his mark on the world and recover the honor of his clan, the Mothmage. Their entire clan are still despised as the killer's of Fade (a dragon) and reviled throughout the faery world (and also considered to be no longer in existence). Hirik has a secret he's keeping from the others, but a chance encounter with Whisper changes his plans, possibly for the better.
Whisper is a Silksinger, also thought to no longer exist, but she has been hiding with the last of her clan protecting something very important for a very long time. All too soon, Whisper is adrift and alone in the world with an extremely large task ahead of her. The problem is whether or not she'll succeed in completing her task, but with help, she just might.
Taylor is a phenomenal story teller who will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout this stupendous book. I had a hard time putting it down to work or eat or sleep! She does an excellent job of keeping you guessing throughout the story and the thrills and chills are beyond compare!
Notes on the Cover:
Taylor is one lucky lady to be married to artist Jim di Bartolo. He did the illustrations for Blackbringer, Silksinger and also Lips Touch: Three Times (to be reviewed as soon as I finish it!). They're amazing and so detailed I could look at them for hours. The cover features Whisper and Hirik, and I love that the teakettle is included! And Bijal!