Blackbringer eBook Ú Audio CD


Blackbringer I nearly didn t read this book because I was horribly afraid that it would be too much like my own small winged faery hunter with knife and crows book can you blame me and I dreaded the possibility that Laini Taylor might have told the same story I had, and better.However, when my son broke his arm and had to spend the night in hospital last October I was dying for SOMETHING to read, and when I walked into Chapters there it was, my nemesis I knew Betsy Bird of Fuse 8 fame had loved it, and I nearly didn t read this book because I was horribly afraid that it would be too much like my own small winged faery hunter with knife and crows book can you blame me and I dreaded the possibility that Laini Taylor might have told the same story I had, and better.However, when my son broke his arm and had to spend the night in hospital last October I was dying for SOMETHING to read, and when I walked into Chapters there it was, my nemesis I knew Betsy Bird of Fuse 8 fame had loved it, and the cover was certainly intriguing did I dare Reader, I dared And I spent the next half a day with my nose buried in Magpie s story, and when it was over I was sorry but also very glad.This is NOT the same as my book, glory hallelujah it is a totally different story, though I like to think that Magpie and Knife might be friends if they met though they d have extremely different opinions about the trustworthiness of crows and humans It s a wholly different world that Laini Taylor s created and in it she s set a wonderful, inventive story full of rich language, engaging characters, and high stakes action I can t wait for the sequel I was enchanted by Faeries of Dreamdark Blackbringer Laini Taylor s writing pulled me in, and the characters and story wouldn t let me go The first bit of dialogue hooked me I loved how the characters don t use some exalted High Language, but instead speak in a wonderful rough and ready dialect Dialect is tough to pull off, and one that s largely invented evenso But Taylor does it brilliantly enough to add richness and flavor, not so much as to be confusing The main character, Magp I was enchanted by Faeries of Dreamdark Blackbringer Laini Taylor s writing pulled me in, and the characters and story wouldn t let me go The first bit of dialogue hooked me I loved how the characters don t use some exalted High Language, but instead speak in a wonderful rough and ready dialect Dialect is tough to pull off, and one that s largely invented evenso But Taylor does it brilliantly enough to add richness and flavor, not so much as to be confusing The main character, Magpie, is simply a joy Flawed, impetuous, down to earth, surprising, with an endearingly tender heartI could spend 400pages happily in her company And I have a special soft spot for Talon his and Magpie s bumpy, growing relationship is pitch perfect The writing is marvelous, with unexpected twists and details that make the story pop off the page I have visual images of Batch, the scavenger imp, that I will never get out of my head Not that that s a bad thingthey made me laugh out loud The story moves at a great pace, never slacking, right through to the very satisfying end Dreamdark s world of faeries and imps, crows and Djinns and mannies is a delight Highly, highly recommended Blackbringer is well done fantasy fiction with faeries The storyline is intricate and inventive I never thought I d read a book that was able to combine faerie lore with djinn lore, but it was done very successfully here I liked the characters, including Magpie, the lead heroine, and her murder of crows who she travels with They love her dearly and their love is reciprocated in spades And there is also Talon, a Prince of a faerie warrior clan of Dreamdark, who was born with underdeveloped w Blackbringer is well done fantasy fiction with faeries The storyline is intricate and inventive I never thought I d read a book that was able to combine faerie lore with djinn lore, but it was done very successfully here I liked the characters, including Magpie, the lead heroine, and her murder of crows who she travels with They love her dearly and their love is reciprocated in spades And there is also Talon, a Prince of a faerie warrior clan of Dreamdark, who was born with underdeveloped wings and who has always desired flight Not only are there faeries, djinn, and talking crows, but there are also hedge imps mostly benevolent, animal type creatures and devils not benevolent somewhere between mischevious and annoying to downright malevolent The narrator, Davina Porter, beautifully illustrates the vitality inherent in the various characters in this novel Ms Taylor has crafted her own creation myth in this story, and it was quite interesting In this novel, the world was created through the dreaming of the djinn which forms a tapestry which includes everything that exists in this world However, the tapestry is unravelling through the dark methods of one who has the form of utter darkness, the Blackbringer Fortunately, Magpie has a special ability that has kept the world tapestry together, and the potential to save it and everyone within the tapestry from the Blackbringer.I enjoyed listening to this novel on audiobook The creativity impressed me, and I thought Ms Porter s narration was spot on Although it seemed a bit long towards the end of course I had some long days in which I was pretty exhausted, so I can t blame that on the book alone , it was a worthwhile experience Although this was written as a young adult novel, I think older fantasy readers would enjoy it I am an admitted fan of YA literature, but I can fairly say that this story has elements that would appeal to older readers as easily as younger ones I would recommend it to faerie fiction lovers, and fantasy fans in general Dreamdark Blackbringer, by Laini Taylor As a Youth Services staff member, I have been whittling down the list of must reads recommended by both book review periodicals and fellow Juvenile and YA readers I have been mired in teen angst, hurled through recycled adventures, and generally worn out by stories that just don t wow This book, Dreamdark, was recommended to me by a staff member It sounded like another rehashing of fairy tale ingredients, but because it had earned such praise, I forge Dreamdark Blackbringer, by Laini Taylor As a Youth Services staff member, I have been whittling down the list of must reads recommended by both book review periodicals and fellow Juvenile and YA readers I have been mired in teen angst, hurled through recycled adventures, and generally worn out by stories that just don t wow This book, Dreamdark, was recommended to me by a staff member It sounded like another rehashing of fairy tale ingredients, but because it had earned such praise, I forged ahead.A world was crafted through the unlikely perspective of a clan of crows and their adopted faery, named Magpie Never have I read a book so freshly inspired, with language so beautifully wrought, including the author s own cleverly invented words Her use of a story s flow kept me reading, not able to put it down.Taylor s vision of her world is whole and three dimensional, with colors and textures easily imagined The story is unexpected, dark, thrilling Characters are fully realized, believable, relatable, and amusing, including odd little creatures that endear or repulse, and some truly frightening antagonists I would never limit this to a juvenile read Any book lover who enjoys a gorgeously articulated story will savor this one.This book can be described in one word delicious.Caroline Poppendeck, LibrarianHead of Youth ServicesSteele Memorial Library An amazing book This is Laini Taylor s debut novel, and she has created a world that I would love to live in In fact, I m jealous that I didn t think of it Her faeries are tiny and insect winged, all that you d imagine, and yetA rich society, living parallel to ours, and struggling to protect the world from dark forces like the Blackbringer Magpie is a great charactersactually, all her characters are great real and believable, yet magical at the same time Can t wait for the s An amazing book This is Laini Taylor s debut novel, and she has created a world that I would love to live in In fact, I m jealous that I didn t think of it Her faeries are tiny and insect winged, all that you d imagine, and yetA rich society, living parallel to ours, and struggling to protect the world from dark forces like the Blackbringer Magpie is a great charactersactually, all her characters are great real and believable, yet magical at the same time Can t wait for the sequel Magie Windwitch is muchadventurous than most faeries Accompanying her scholarly parents around the world to record dying magics, she becomes a devil hunter with a merry band of crows When she discovers a loosed devil that seems different than all of the rest, she returns home for the first time in 80 years to get answers.I was reluctant to start this because as much as I love Susanna Clarke s fae, I was growing kind of tired of the teen faery sagas I d run across lately This story was c Magie Windwitch is muchadventurous than most faeries Accompanying her scholarly parents around the world to record dying magics, she becomes a devil hunter with a merry band of crows When she discovers a loosed devil that seems different than all of the rest, she returns home for the first time in 80 years to get answers.I was reluctant to start this because as much as I love Susanna Clarke s fae, I was growing kind of tired of the teen faery sagas I d run across lately This story was completely different The fairies are old world, earthy and mostly uninterested in mannies humans The world and system of magic are perfectly developed The characters are favorites I loved this book for inspiring my sense of wonder and adventure All that being said, the ending is a little fairy tale, but who can begrudge such wonderful creatures a happy ending Laini Taylor s debut novel has won accolades for a tale that distinguishes itself from even the best modern fantasies Magpie Windwitch, granddaughter of the West Wind, hunts down devils released on the world But the Blackbringer may be too powerful even for this determined faerieFeaturing both an uncommonly well conceived setting and buckets of high energy action, Taylor s debut tale belongs at the top of everyone s fantasy must read list Kirkus Reviews, starred review Originally posted here.Laini Taylor is one of my favorite discoveries this year I fell in love with both Lips Touch and Daughter of Smoke and Bone when I got to read them Since the latter is getting a lot of attention from bloggers and readers alike, I thought it would be a good idea to feature her lesser known Dreamdark novel during Retro Friday.Blackbringer is the first book in the Dreamdark series Laini Taylor mentions in her website that she initially wanted to write five Dreamdar Originally posted here.Laini Taylor is one of my favorite discoveries this year I fell in love with both Lips Touch and Daughter of Smoke and Bone when I got to read them Since the latter is getting a lot of attention from bloggers and readers alike, I thought it would be a good idea to feature her lesser known Dreamdark novel during Retro Friday.Blackbringer is the first book in the Dreamdark series Laini Taylor mentions in her website that she initially wanted to write five Dreamdark books but the publisher has decided not to continue with the series When I found out about that, I rushed to the bookstore to get my own copies of both Blackbringer and Silksinger because I was afraid I would have a hard time looking for copies later on I had a difficult time getting into Blackbringer at first because it s different from the other Laini Taylor books that I ve read but after a couple of chapters, I was hooked and enjoyed reading the whole thing until the end It s written for younger audiences, middle grade instead of young adult, and is epic fantasy rather than urban fantasy Other faeries are content to live in their own world, enclosed by protective spells that keep away both humans and devils But Magpie is different, she gets her restless energy from her parents and her grandfather, the West Wind She travels with her band of crows to fight against devils, just like the champions in the golden days of Dreamdark Devils are evil creatures who devour and destroy everything they can get their hands on Magpie is one feisty character and I didn t have trouble liking her She s young for her race, about a hundred years old, but she s determined to do something for their dying world Even though I didn t think the writing in Blackbringer is as beautiful and lyrical as her YA novels, I still think she created an enchanting world in her first Dreamdark novel and I look forward to seeing how she builds upon that Some things that I liked about her faeries they belong in different clans and have their own special skills e.g one clan tends to plants and trees while another warrior clan is in charge of protecting Dreamdark and their wings vary too Some faeries have butterfly or moth wings while Magpie has dragonfly wings Another thing that I liked is how significant dreams are in this story dreams play important roles in the events that unfold in this novel Illustrations by the author s husband, Jim di Bartolo, also appear in various sections of the book Here are samples I love books with illustrations in them and I think these are beautiful While the book didn t end on a cliffhanger, it s set up in such a way that the reader knows that there sto this world I m excited for the sequel, Silksinger, especially since I ve heard that it s even better than this one Recommended for those who enjoyed reading R.J Anderson s Knife or for fans of faerie books I m hoping that because Daughter of Smoke and Bone is getting a lot of attention,readers will pick up Laini Taylor s backlist Well lassies, I waffled between a two and three star The potential is there but the book falls short on plot and character development Magpie Windwitch is a roaming faerie who fights devils that humans are releasing from bottles that had been sealed by fairies long ago When she finds a devil that threatens to devour the world she seeks the help of the Djinn King that sealed it thousands of years before In the process she discovers how she came to have strange powers that help heal a world th Well lassies, I waffled between a two and three star The potential is there but the book falls short on plot and character development Magpie Windwitch is a roaming faerie who fights devils that humans are releasing from bottles that had been sealed by fairies long ago When she finds a devil that threatens to devour the world she seeks the help of the Djinn King that sealed it thousands of years before In the process she discovers how she came to have strange powers that help heal a world that is slowly unraveling She must use those powers to defeat the most threatening devil yet, Blackbringer, and save her friends from an inky fate of living in an empty vacuum unraveled but not dead.The book sets up Magpie s powers and how they came to be The pace in the beginning as this is revealed is at times confusing and slow While there is plenty of action, there isn t enough sub characters that interact with the protagonist The crows are the main ones and they love her and fuss over her, but they don t really do or say much to talk her out of dangerous adventures I neededcharacter traits than an Irish accent, to become vested in their actions Maniac doesn t mean anything to me, so when something awful happens to him I didn t have the emotional oh no that I should have had at that part of the story Bored, I started to skim ahead until page 150 when Magpie meets the Djinn King Shortly after that Talon enters the plot along with another villain and their interactions create enough tension to pull me into the story At the heart of this plot is a creation story with the Djinn King being one of the creators He is awakened by Magpie and finds hope again in her belief that things can change Magpie is not a flawed character who grows throughout the story She s impulsive and courageous, but she mainly is trying to survive one adventure after the other She and Talon disagree but it isn t much She and Poppy are the best of friends who work side by side to defeat evil, but their dialogue has little page time I kept waiting foremotion and internal struggles, but it is mostly external struggles There are many creation stories and some really well written ones such as The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner Rick Riordan uses creation myths in his stories While I loved the creativity of this book combining faerie and djinn, it comes up a wee bit short as the crows would say If ye be like me and loves a good monster, the author does a nice job creating a creepy Djinn King and Blackbringer The snag or character of Batch Hangnail seemed to have been a missed opportunity of working in the theme of low creatures being prejudiced by others who considered themselves better It is touched upon but I kept waiting for the author to go intodepth and instead got a quick wrap up at the end For the most part the story follows the formulaic quest of a hero saving the world with unusual powers She is interested in a prince but the two are too busy saving the world to think much about their feelings for each other All ends happily, but I wantedof an explanation about Queen Vesper s history with Batch The world and time shifts were confusing and abrupt in spots I thought Magpie was dreaming in the castle but she was out fighting the Blackbringer in reality I wasn t sure why she didn t have reinforcements and got a bit confused Then the action picked up and with a shoulder shrug I plowed onward The world building was sketchy here and there and clear in others I do think this author shows promise but the pacing and evolving plot lines were not on target for me If you like faeries, djinn, and a strong heroine with little internal struggles then you ll enjoy this one I grew up with Disney versions of the famous Grimm collection of fairytales Color, imagery, whimsey melded into a tapestry of beauty I especially loved Fantasia and as an adult still love it Blackbringer brings Fantasia to mind Faeries, whimsical crows, impish imps, delightful crows that sing, dance love and fight to save their world All make for a reading experience that it just that an experience.Faeries Magpie Windwitch comes from dreams, she s made from the fabric of dreams and wove I grew up with Disney versions of the famous Grimm collection of fairytales Color, imagery, whimsey melded into a tapestry of beauty I especially loved Fantasia and as an adult still love it Blackbringer brings Fantasia to mind Faeries, whimsical crows, impish imps, delightful crows that sing, dance love and fight to save their world All make for a reading experience that it just that an experience.Faeries Magpie Windwitch comes from dreams, she s made from the fabric of dreams and woven into the tapestry of Dreamdark, the forest filled with all creatures bright, fanciful, dangerous and dark It s the tiny, lovely form of Magppie whose delicate shoulders bear the fierceness of love and her destiny to save her world and those she cherishes.I can t say too much about the plot as it s a simple one Dark forces gather to eradicate all that is beautiful and free One small creature delves into her newly discovered magical powers to prevent what seems inevitable This plot is not complex but the beauty of the language and the philosophy of faith and holding tight to dreams greater than oneself guide you into a land that is Fantasia put to words Magpie comes to understand the depth and meaning of creation through learning that the literal tapestry of life is energythat s all around us Like a river And like a river this tale flows into a beautiful tale that left me thinking how much I loved the book but frustrated with my inability to explain in simple words how it touched me as deeply as it did.The best way to state the thoughtful and lovely quality of the book comes from Magpie s mind as she contemplates what makes the impossible possible Love She d always thought of love asaffection, the look that passed often between her parents or the feel of their arms around her But wasn t it this too, the core of iron in someone s soul that made them capable of impossible things it seemed a terrifying force This then is the lyrical force of Blackbringer whimsical creatures, another world within our world and a novel that moves like a symphony Found within the pages are beautiful pen and ink illustrations by Jim Di Bartolo that appear like gifts wrapped among the pages of the book They re detailed and intricate It s easy to immerse yourself in the beauty of words artistically blended to inspire the pen to create visual art as well.One caution I couldn t read Blackbringer quickly I became lost in the imagery and color that flashed before my eyes as I brought words into my mind, therefore creating my own version of a Fantasia like tale Laini Taylor s work will give you a unique reading, one that I feel confident will vary greatly from reader to reader I wrote an extended review of this book for Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.


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