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There was a boy. He came into my library branch. A good kid. Without hesitation I virtually dragged the kid over to the middle grade reader section, then got some clarification. I looked about. Clearly this was a Spiderwick boy. We get them sometimes. Once Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black made it okay for boys to be into fairies the gender roles dissolved just a little.

No go. Not interested. So it was that my piece de resistance turned out to be The Fairies of Dreamdark: Blackbringer now published merely as Dreamdark: Blackbringer. I owe a lot to this action-packed series by Laini Taylor. In the first book Ms. Taylor took the old tropes, turned them on their heads, gave them a swift paddling, then lit them on fire. So to speak. Now she has come out with a sequel and has shifted the narrative around a bit. Just as gripping as its predecessor Dreamdark: Silksinger continues the story of Maggie Windwitch, introducing new characters, new situations, but the same old excitement.

Defeating the Blackbringer? Continue to fly around with crow brothers? Only now fairy Maggie Windwitch is on a mission. Little does she know that she has allies in this quest. Whisper Silksinger is the last of her clan, sworn to protect the djinn Azazel. Hirik, another fairy, is from a disgraced clan, must in turn protect Whisper. I decided to test the book. If I picked it up without rereading its predecessor, would I be able to follow the action in Silksinger or would lose me right at the start?

Taylor catches you up on the second without dragging down the narrative one jot. Fair play to the author then. It is a fact of nature that the more exciting a book is, the faster it flies by. If Ms.

Taylor has any special writing skill superpower, it would have to be something along the lines of Action Ratcheting. That woman just knows how to crank up the tension. This is admirable when you consider how accomplished the characters are.

Whisper and Maggie combined would be near undefeatable, so Taylor keeps them separate from one another for quite some time. The point of view in this book actually kind of rests behind four different sets of eyeballs.

These are the main characters so you get inside their heads the most, but even the villains get a bit of time to strut on the stage, thinking their dread thoughts. A consistently shifting and changing point of view is a difficult beast to master. A lot of the time authors will avoid it entirely in favor of nice, simple, quiet, easygoing first person narratives. The fact that Ms. Taylor makes it work as well as she does is to be commended, praised, puzzled over, and commended yet again. The first book was the first in a series, true, but it felt like a stand alone book.

Slowly kids are discovering it. Slowly they are loving it. A worthy sequel to a fantastic fantasy. Source: Reviewed from ARC sent from publisher. No messing around here. I mean, there are big old wings on the cover, after all. Guess it just sounded that much more badass to them. Other Blog Reviews:.

Other Reviews:. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person.

Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: fuseeight. And Scary Stories. I find this combination vaguely disturbing…maybe Dreamdark is a better combination of these two elements? That is perhaps the most interesting combination of disparate titles I can think of. Give it a whirl, says I. Follow This Blog:. On shelves now. Comments Jennifer says:. December 26, at pm.

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There was a boy. He came into my library branch. A good kid. Without hesitation I virtually dragged the kid over to the middle grade reader section, then got some clarification. I looked about. Clearly this was a Spiderwick boy. We get them sometimes.



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Silksinger by Laini Taylor

Share on:. The book revolves around two faeries, Whisper and Hirik, and through them we are introduced to two additional faerie clans. Hirik has a life threatening secret to protect, while Whisper Silksinger is the last surviving member of her clan. She is charged with protecting the Dijinn Azazel. The Azazel, according to the Dreamdark mythology, is one of the Dijinn fire elementals who dreamed the world into being and wove the Tapestry of Creation. Restoring the Dijinn to their rightful place while battling devils is the focus of the Dreamdark books. The story moves between several settings and characters, and this successfully builds dramatic tension.

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