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Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer

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Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer

Now devils were creeping back into the world, faster and faster all the time, but the age of champions was long past, and little Magpie Windwitch found herself alone against them.

This is not the story of just any faerie. At 100 years (a mere adolescent) Magpie Windwitch is a true warrior faerie. Filled with determination, Magpie has managed to capture 23 devils in the last eight years. For thousands of years these devils have been safely held captive in bottles. Now humans (mannies) are releasing them, thinking they will be granted three wishes; instead, they only release evil. The devils are not interested in the mannies so much, but are hungry for the faeries.

With darkness stealing over the land and their situation becoming even more dangerous, Magpie seeks to understand the skills she has been given so she can fight this evil. In her short years she has only heard stories of the most powerful devil of all, the Blackbringer --- but now she’s convinced that this is the evil that is fast destroying the safety of all of faerie kind. She also realizes that she must risk her life and try to awaken the great Djinn (Lord Magruwen) if there is a chance to win this battle.

Magpie travels with a most colorful group of guardians: seven cigar-smoking crows --- Pup, Maniac, Bertram, Calypso, Pigeon, Swig and Mingus. Each offers its own unique personality toward Magpie’s safekeeping. As the story moves into deeper and darker adventures, the crows are called upon for the greatest of sacrifices, which they give with full hearts.

The faerie’s journey as she discovers her true identity and fights a life-and-death battle is laced with an array of wonderful characters: Talon, the prince of the Ratherstring warriors (a possible romance is blooming here); Orchidspike, the official healer of Dreamdark; Poppy Manygreen, dear friend and future healer; Batch, the deceiving scavenger imp; Skuldraig, the magic dagger only Magpie is able to use; and Snoshti, Magpie’s loving nanny.

In this remarkable, beautifully written and illustrated book, Laini Taylor has created a most fascinating and detailed faerie world. Filled with dragons, devils, hobgoblins, giant spiders, imps, witches and monkey kings, Dreamdark is a realm to be visited more than once. These adventures, and the brave heart of little Magpie Windwitch and her unforgettable battle to heal the torn tapestry of the faerie world, will thrill readers. There likely will be an eager audience waiting for the next book of the Dreamdark world.

Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts on June 21, 2007

Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer
by Laini Taylor

  • Publication Date: June 21, 2007
  • Hardcover: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
  • ISBN-10: 0399246304
  • ISBN-13: 9780399246302