Sunday, April 19, 2009

Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor

“Magpie Windwitch, granddaughter of the West Wind, is not like other faeries. While most of her kind lives in tranquil seclusion deep in their forest, escaped devils are creeping back into the world after millennia of imprisonment, and Magpie is all that stands in their way. With her faithful clan of crows, she travels the world hunting the bloodthirsty snags down, just has her hero, the legendary Bellatrix, did twenty-five thousand years ago. When the ancient evil of the Blackbringer is loosed from its prison, Magpie may be in over her head. This hunt will take her back to the great forest of Dreamdark, a place of legends and Djinn, cunning imps and tattooed warriors, where she must unravel the mystery of the greatest enemy her fold have ever known. Will the determination of one small faerie be enough to defeat the impenetrable darkness that threatens to unmake the world?

I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy books lately, and realized that although fairies are found in so many fantasy books; they usually aren’t the main character. I wanted to find a fun book in which fairies were the main character and was happy to find Blackbringer. I haven’t found one bad review about this book and everyone seems to love it, so I was excited to finally get my hands on it.

I was not disappointed, the story was fantastic! I loved the wonderful world of Dreamdark and the very interesting fairies that lived there. Little Magpie is just an amazing heroine. She is a very complex character. She is a fighter, very cunning, brave and yet also very kind and loving. She is extremely loyal and has a belief in the power of good. Her “clan” of crows are just as lovable. It is so endearing to see how they protect and take care of her. And last but not least, Talon. I just love little Talon, and although he isn’t quite like the other fairies it has made him a far better one in the end. He and Magpie are great together and it was fun watching their friendship develop (although, I hope it blossoms into more than a friendship, wink-wink).

Laini Taylor has created an amazing story, I couldn’t get over how creative the story was and how unique the characters were. I am excited to see what will happen in the next book and what adventures Magpie, Talon and the Crows find themselves in.

Book One: Blackbringer
Book Two: Silksinger

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