Blackbringer (Faeries of Dreamdark Series #1)

Blackbringer (Faeries of Dreamdark Series #1)

by Laini Taylor

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Overview

When the ancient evil of the Blackbringer rises to unmake the world, only one determined faerie stands in its way. However, Magpie Windwitch, granddaughter of the West Wind, is not like other faeries. While her kind live in seclusion deep in the forests of Dreamdark, she's devoted her life to tracking down and recapturing devils escaped from their ancient bottles, just as her hero, the legendary Bellatrix, did 25,000 years ago. With her faithful gang of crows, she travels the world fighting where others would choose to flee. But when a devil escapes from a bottle sealed by the ancient Djinn King himself- the creator of the world- she may be in over her head. How can a single faerie, even with the help of her friends, hope to defeat the impenetrable darkness of the Blackbringer?

At a time when fantasy readers have an embarrassment of riches in choosing new worlds to fall in love with, this first novel by a fresh, original voice is sure to stand out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142411681
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/14/2009
Series: Faeries of Dreamdark Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 222,282
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

Laini Taylor is a writer & artist living in Portland, Oregon. Her debut novel, Dreamdark: Blackbringer was published to much acclaim, including stars from Booklist, Bank Street College of Education, and KLIATT; it was a Book Sense Children’s Pick; winner of the Baker & Taylor/PYRG Teen Readers Sweepstakes; is on the Sequoyah Book Awards Master List; and has received glowing praise from such luminaries as Holly Black, Newbery Honor-winner Shannon Hale, and New York Times bestseller Brandon Mull. A Fuse #8 Production states, “If you read only one fantasy book this year, read this one.” The companion volume Dreamdark: Silksinger will be published in September 2009, followed in October by a short-story collection Lips Touch.

Laini Taylor is also the creator of Laini’s Ladies, a gift product line she began making by hand to sell at a local art fair, which has expended to seventeen product lines—from stationary to garden object to holiday ornaments to jewelry—that have retailed in over 5,000 gift and specialty stores throughout the United States and Canada.

Laini Taylor lives with her husband, artist Jim Di Bartolo, and her elderly dog, Leroy, in a bright yellow house filled with lots of books and marionettes and robots. They spend their time drinking coffee and making stuff up, and are currently awaiting the birth of their first child.

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Blackbringer 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
anonTX More than 1 year ago
Simply put, I loved this book! Please write more then the two in the series!!!
Amanda Lui More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book of all the books l've read its one of the best!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Over twenty-five millennia ago, the faeries trapped the demons into bottles that were secured by magical incantations before tossing them into the sea. One thousand years later humans appear on the scene. They find the prisons, receive three wishes and begin to counter the spells not realizing just what is incarcerated. These self centered "mannies" begin to undo the heroic work of the champions by freeing the demons The faerie community is stunned with what the mannies are doing as they cannot comprehend why would anyone release evil onto themselves and other species including those who have gone into hiding. Most of the faeries do not want to become involved, but a few have become demon hunters. The only demon slayer in her community, Magpie Windwitch, who has killed over twenty demons, has no choice when malevolent "uncreator" Blackbringer prepares to attack her home Dreamdark having killed an immortal. She and her loyal crows try to wake up the inert Djinn Magruwen with the horrific news that Blackbringer has killed one of his seven and is coming for him and Dreamdark. However, to her shock the all mighty Djinn refuses to get involved as what he and his peers created has been devastated by those who only care for their immediate hedonistic needs. This is an entertaining young teen save the world fantasy due to the mythological species seeming genuine especially the faeries, crows, Magruwen and one particularly nasty demon. Magpie is a fascinating but anticipated heroine who in her new role of world saving champion learns personal secrets. With an ethical message that encourages hard work, honesty and caring for others, Magpie and her crows have setbacks as they blunder and make errors, but never give up. Young adult readers will join her band of warriors to end Blackbringer's reign of terror. Harriet Klausner
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aside from a very slow beginning, I really enjoyed Blackbringer. I loved the world the faeries lived in, and I loved all the main characters. The plot was sound and solid from beginning to end, and I honestly can't wait for the next book!Blackbringer may not be the best book I've ever read, but it is thoroughly enjoyable and left me with a smile.
abigailyow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Blackbringer has everything a book should have: Action, faeries and an innocent budding romance. I liked the characters and the writing; even the fairy slang was fine. The only beef I had was with the execution of the story. It's always a plus point to have alternating POVs in books for better understanding but sadly, it only made Blackbringer all the more confusing. Well, maybe it's just not my cup of tea since this book seems to have great ratings. -No sarcasm intended-
Hmnicks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I am a fan of Laini Taylor. Although I really enjoyed "Daughter of Smoke and Bone", I wasn't really drawn in by the concept of this story at first. I am so glad I gave it a chance. The audio version of this book was masterfully narrated by Davina Porter. She added layers to each character that surpassed even my imagination. I would have enjoyed this story either way, but whoever hired this narrator should get a raise. She is fabulous. I was disappointed to learn that the publishers have no intention of continuing the series. There is one sequel, "Silksinger", which I just finished and also enjoyed very much. I hope that the publishers will decide the series deserves another chance. I am impressed with Ms. Taylor's imagination and cannot wait to read whatever she comes up with next.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" so much, I immediately ordered more books by the author to satisfy my craving until the inevitable sequel. Since DOSB was technically YA lit, I didn't hesitate when I saw that Blackbringer was also, especially since it has so many glowing reviews. However, it leans more heavily toward the younger crowd than toward adults. But, like the first Harry Potter, there is so much potential here.Taylor excels as vivid description. Her fairy world comes alive as I have rarely seen before. What this lacks in comparison to DOSB is that element of mystery surrounding the heroine. Magpie has an unknown destiny, but it didn't feel urgent until more than halfway through the book. It took me a month to read the first half as I put it down to read other books. Yet, the second half was so exciting, action-packed, and entertaining that I finished it in about an hour and started the sequel! Since this was the debut work of the author, I can understand why it doesn't hold up to the power of DOSB. Still, it was an enjoyable story with a classic storyline of good and evil, and a strong heroine.Overall, a recommended read that has me eager for the sequel, but expectations should be kept in line with a debut novel and not the more accomplished DOSB.
rj_anderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Faerie Magpie Windwitch, granddaughter of the West Wind, travels with her band of crow brothers ridding the world of the devils that "mannies" have let out of their bottles in the mistaken belief that they will receive three wishes for their trouble. But when something bigger than a run-of-the-mill snag is let loose, a darkness full of hunger who hunts unlike any devil Magpie has ever seen, she returns to Dreamdark to enlist the help of the Magruwen, the very Djinn who put the seal on its bottle.When I first read this two years ago, I was struck by the originality of this story. Not only are Magpie and her crows an inventive idea, but also the mythology of the Djinn and the Faerie people was intriguing. I didn't remember a lot of the details of the story, however, so when the sequel, Silksinger, came out I checked this out of the library to read again. It was a much different experience this time around, because I remembered the parts of the story that had most struck me as original the first time around. There wasn't the same newness and discovery or driving intensity to know what happened, and at first I was afraid that the story wouldn't hold up to my memory of it. But the story sneaked up on me, insinuating itself so when I read the climax and end this morning I truly didn't remember how things ended and just needed to know what would happen to Magpie and Talon and the crows, and please oh please let it be good. I finished it with a smile on my face and can't wait to read the sequel.
Tara22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells a great tale of faeries, imps, crows, and other creatures who inhabit the world. The book, I thought that it had a slow start as I was introduced to the characters and how they lived, but once that was past the story became full of adventure, mystery, and intrigue. A great read, I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel.
moontyger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can see where someone could easily dismiss this book. Just look at it and think, "YA fantasy about tiny fairies? Too cutesy - pass." And this hypothetical person would be wrong.This book is well-written, the characters are engaging, and I very much enjoyed the story itself. If you like fairy tales, you'll probably love this book, too. I recommend it.And I really should get on ordering the sequel, since my local bookstores never carry it for some reason.
Kallona on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Magpie is no ordinary faerie she wanders the world searching for snaggs (lesser demons) to vanquish, that the mannies (humans) have unleashed from thier captivity (but the mannies don't know they have done it). Magpie travels with her crow friends, who have taken care of her since she was little. But after learning that a great demon has excaped she must travel back to her old home of dreamdark in the forests to figure out what is going on, the story really picks up from this point on. The first few chapters were a little iffy for me, and i found it hard to get into at first though the idea of a tiny dragonfly winged faerie was intrigueing! When she returns to Dreamdark she meets up with her old friend Poppy, an unusual faerie with butterfly wings (all the faeries in dreamdark have dragonfly wings) who can talk to trees. Magpie also meets the supposed descendant of her hero Bellatrix, Vesper. Vesper has made herself queen of Dreamdark and Magpie first discovers she is not like other faeries when she accidently turns Vespers hair into worms! Don't be fooled by the supposed 'sillyness' of the book, talking crows, little faeries and all that, it is actually much darker then it lets on at first. An evil like no other has escaped, named Blackbringer, a horrible being that sucks anything it touches into its dark depths (think of a black hole but as a tangable moving blob) Blackbringer is destroying the outer forests and has its sights on Dreamdark, Magpie goes off in hopes of defeating this creature, so she must go find the creator of everything, The Magruwen. It is here in his well that she learns more about herself, and the story continues to get even more exiting! Magpie will meet and re-meet a slew of magical creatures such as imps, a fae warrior prince, dragons, and a really nasty demon named Gutsuck. I will take the time to tell you about Gutsuck, he dosnt have a really big part in the book but what it does say about him gives you a nasty visual, a demon that has a scar for a mouth most of the time, but when its time for him to feed (in this case on Magpie) he sucks in his scarred closed mouth and the teeth inside chew through the scar tissue and he eats it, revealing a now open mouth full of sharp pointed teeth, my stomach turned when i envision that. Dreakdark : Blackbringer is a rich fantasy that will leave you wanting more, luckily the second book : Dreamdark Silksinger is out! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys faeries, or a book that dosnt take itself too seriously, I only hope Silksinger comes out as an ereader option soon!Oh yes, i should also mention that during the book there are a few images that are beautiful, showing you what each major charactor looks like. these are scattered throughout the book and there are only about 4 or 5 but they are a very nice touch.
Mithril on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well-paced story with dense action, while language is kept simple and accessible.
lindabeekeeper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Young Magpie Windwitch is the only fairy that seems to care about demons on the loose. If those humans would just quit opening the bottles that come up in their fishing nets, Mags and her crow friends wouldn't have to spend so much time getting them back where they belong. But one day, they come across something that is far more evil than anything they've experienced.So, it is time to return home to Dreamdark to the fairy realm to find some answers and to contact the King of the Djinn who dreamed the world.This is a new twist to the old quest themes. The crows, with their Scots accents are humorous and endearing. And the story is peopled with unusual characters like a prince who knits, a fairy who talks to plants and an imp who wants to fly.Excellent book for fantasy fans.
mayaspector on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a fluffy book about fairies, rainbows and unicorns this isn't it. Magpie Windwitch is a fairy and granddaughter of the West Wind. She has knowledge, abilities and a purpose that no other fairy has - to defeat the Blackbringer, an ancient force of evil who intends to unmake the world. A great read for fantasy lovers.
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I belive that was the name of the sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Blackbringer but would like to know what second book is called. Been looking forever and haven't found it...
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Loved this story. Love the writing. Love the characters. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in middle school and really liked it. I hope when you read it you do to.
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Amazing book! It holds your eyes to the page like super glue! I am really looking foward to more reads from this author!