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Dreamdark: Silksinger (Playaway Children) Hardcover – September 17, 2009

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Playaway Children (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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I discovered the first novel in this series, Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer, in a used bookstore, picked it up, hesitated, read the flaps, hesitated again and then took a moment to read the prologue. I found it delightfully intriguing and happily, I made the choice to take it home. That moment of chance discovery and the choice to buy have proven to be lasting gifts. Blackbringer is one of my two or three favorite books of all time - and I'm over 50, so my `all-time' comprises quite a few years and thousands of books. I've been anticipating Silksinger like crazy; first, just to immerse myself once again in author Laini Taylor's gorgeous world and second, to discover if the second volume in this series could possibly live up to my (very high) expectations.

It does.

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.
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I started this series thinking there were only 2 books. Silksinger was published back in 2009 and there hasn't been any other books released so I thought the series was done. I was wrong. This is a series that the author has never finished which is quite disappointing. From what I have read Laini is not even working on this series right now so if you choose to read this be prepared to be left hanging.

I actually enjoyed Silksinger more than I did Blackbringer which was the 1st book in the series. The writing is beautifully done. It is pure fantasy with just a hint of romance. There is no doubt that Laini is a gifted writer. She weaves a intricate story that can be easily enjoyed by readers of all ages. There is really no content that anyone could even suggest is questionable other than a little rude humor.

If you enjoy fantasy you should definitely give this series a try. Just be prepared to be left hanging without closure at the end of this book.

Rating: 4 Stars - Great Book

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I was torn: five stars because it was so delightful? Or, three stars because it leaves the story unfinished with no further books in sight? I decided on five because despite not having resolved the full story arc, Silksinger was fast-paced and action-packed, with well-designed characters in a rich world full of wonderment. And the main plotline is resolved. I got lost in the story of Magpie and Whisper. I cared about them and their friends. The first Dreamdark book spent a lot of time setting things up. So, it took a while before the book got going. This one starts off with Whisper fleeing for her life as the last of her family dies protecting her and her sacred charge. And the story never let up from there. This is one of those "young adult" books that defies age classification. I'm 36, and I loved every minute of it.

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.
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One is a lonely number. One=the number of people who have ever heard of this book series when I bring it up and that number is me. What a travesty! I shall have to carry the total fandom on my not-so-broad shoulders, then.

Truly, Laini Taylor is one of my absolute favorite writers of fantasy, for any age. She can take a story and weave magic into those tired old words like nobody's business-making scenes dance and jump on the page, making flat characters come alive in such a way that it's crazy to believe these tiny people couldn't exist. They must! It's too sad to picture a world without heroines like Silksinger and Magpie.

In this second, and sadly, last installment in the Dreamdark series, Magpie continues her search for another of the Djinn would need to be awakened in order to bring about a revolution and set the world to rights. She has one already and hears of another. Before she can get to it, though, the Djinn is on the run, protected by a very unlikely savior, a tiny whispering fairy who doesn't seem to have the strength to make one good yell, let alone help save the world.

I truly love these books. The characters are ones you root for, the world is one you want to see, and the fight is one for goodness. I hope that more people pick these up. While this one is not the perfect 5 score of the first in the series, Blackbringer, it is an amazing read. I hope this review might encourage a few more readers. Perhaps our fandom will grow and we can collectively talk the author into writing the rest of them. After all, there are 5 more Djinn to rescue and who's going to do it if not us?
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