Silksinger (Faeries of Dreamdark Series #2)

Silksinger (Faeries of Dreamdark Series #2)

by Laini Taylor


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One faerie, the last of her clan, must fight to complete her sacred duty

Whisper Silksinger is the last of the secret guardians of the Azazel, one of the powerful Djinn who dreamed the world into being. Relentlessly pursued by bloodthirsty devils, she flees to the city of Nazneen to restore the Azazel to his temple. At the same time, Hirik Mothmage is also on a secret quest, to find the Azazel and restore his disgraced clan's ancient honor.

And behind them all flies Magpie Windwitch, first champion of the new age of faeries, desperate to rescue Whisper and the Azazel alike before they fall in the clutches of a sinister hidden enemy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399246319
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/17/2009
Series: Faeries of Dreamdark Series , #2
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 7.78(h) x 1.45(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
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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Silksinger 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
FantasyandSciFiFanatic More than 1 year ago
I like Twilight and all, but that serious doesn't hold a candle to this one. I loved the first book, and was afraid that I wouldn't like the second as much, something that happens all to often because authors change writing style or the plot thins. This is not the case for Silksinger. If anything, I liked the second better! Mrs. Taylor has a way with words that makes the story just jump off the page, making you feel as though the characters are real people and that their struggles are real things. There is no second guessing what was happening, no predicting what is going to happen. Also, unlike most teen authors or authors in general, Mrs. Taylor doesn't beat around the bush on serious matters like death and prejudice, nor does she over emphasis them. JUST AN EPIC BOOK ALL AROUND!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The second DREAMDARK book was fantastic! I truly love this series. Whisper, a fairy, isn't just an ordinary fairy but the last of her clan. Her clan, the Silksingers, can weave magic carpets out of silk using their voices. They were also the guardians of the Djinn, Azazel. Now, Whisper is the last of their clan and is being chased by devils. The devils want to destroy her and her kettle with the Djinn in it. Hirik is a member of a hated clan which years ago allowed the dragon, Fade, to be killed. He wants to clear his clan's name and find Azazel and be his champion. Since Magpie Windwitch wants to find all of the Djinn, she is looking for Whisper and by accident finds Hirik. The three of them, plus Prince Talon and the crows, have an adventure to last a lifetime. I had forgotten how wonderful the first book, BLACKBRINGER, was to read. This story is exciting and wonderfully told. It has bloody battles, courageous slaves, dastardly villains, a hint of romance, powerful friendships, and captivating writing. The characters are easy to love and I even shed some tears. Thank you, Laini Taylor, for such a superb fantasy series.
alwright1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whisper Silksinger is on the run from devils, and is the only Silksinger left to protect the sleeping Azazel. Hirik Mothmage is on his way to offer himself as champion to the same djinn. Meanwhile, Magpie, Talon, and the band of crows are on a mission to rejoin the remaining djinn to save the tapestry which weaves the universe together. But there's a dark fairy hanging on from the dawn days ready to rule a new world with no djinn who will try to stop them all from succeeding. I didn't quite enjoy this book as much as Blackbringer, but it was a very high bar. I still love this world and the characters in it. I can't wait for the next one
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whisper Silksinger, the last of her clan, must protect the Azazel - one of the Djinn who created the world - and put him on his throne in Nazreen to waken him. Meanwhile, Magpie Windwitch travels the world trying to find the remaining Djinn, who must be awoken to save the Tapestry, the very fabric of the world, from falling apart forever.The sequel to Blackbringer starts right where the first left off. Shifting back and forth primarily between Whisper and Magpie's travels, the narrative gives the reader the broad scope of what's going on, allowing you to see far beyond the characters and figure out major plot points ahead of time. But the pace is fast and I enjoyed spending time with these characters. I'm very much looking forward to the sequel.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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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WarriorOfLIght More than 1 year ago
Laini Taylor's Silksinger is the second book of the Dreamdark Series. It was another great read! The story of the Silksinger is absorbing and thrilling. It was like I was there with them, an invisible character, cheering them on. The second book touches on great friendships and great betrayals - on top of another great adventure. It also shows the touching and deep connections between the protagonist, Magpie, and her feathered brethren. Can't wait for the third one, Laini!
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