The Resource Blackbringer, Laini Taylor

Blackbringer, Laini Taylor

Label
Blackbringer
Title
Blackbringer
Statement of responsibility
Laini Taylor
Title variation
Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Magpie Windwitch, faerie, devil hunter, and granddaughter of the West Wind, must defeat an ancient evil creature, the Blackbringer, who has escaped from his bottle and threatens to unmake all of creation
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  • Gr. 5-8 Magpie, granddaughter of the West Wind, is born of dreams. When Humans—"mannies"—start letting loose devils in the world, faerie Magpie and her band of rough-and-tumble, cheroot-smoking crows must start hunting them down. The tale takes its time in unfolding, with lovely echoes of its literary antecedents from Tolkien on down. Magpie also learns it is she who must keep the dark from swallowing the world. She finds where the dragons, and her ancient heroine, Bellatrix, have gone, and she wakes an ancient djinni.The tapestry of the world needs reweaving, and a blond, tattooed princeling needs a way to remake his malformed wings. This all braids together into a radiant conclusion. Vibrant language overcomes a surfeit of telling rather than showing. 'Pie is one tough faerie, and the way is open for more tales about her to come. -- DeCandido, GraceAnne A. (Reviewed 05-15-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 18, p60)
  • Gr 5–8— Magpie Windwitch, accompanied by her trusty band of crows, has made it her business to hunt down any and all demons she can find, but when a nasty entity called the Blackbringer escapes its protective bottle, Magpie finds herself outpowered. Most of her fellow faeries are no help, so she must use her wits, her unique and talented friends, and her own magical gifts to vanquish the ancient and evil Blackbringer. Magpie is a feisty faerie with a spicy way with language and a disdain for all things sweet and delicate, and as long as she is center stage, readers will be entranced. The plot, sweeping and filled with a variety of creatures as it is, lags occasionally; this is a very long book. That said, true fans of Faerie, as well as fantasy buffs who like lots of action with their magic, will gobble this one up.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library --Eva Mitnick (Reviewed August 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 8, p126)
  • I n Taylor's debut fantasy, humans are unknowingly releasing demons into the world—demons trapped in bottles 25,000 years ago by armies of faeries. Young faerie Magpie Windwitch, whose grandfather is the West Wind and whose role in the emerging conflict seems ominously important, works to put those demons back into the bottles that held them for so long. It's a tough job, especially since the seven Djinn that created the world and all of its creatures (except, of course, humans) went into hiding 4,000 years ago. A particularly nasty demon, the Blackbringer, seems determined to attack Dreamdark, the place the world was created; Magpie and her faithful band of crows head there to warn the sleeping Djinn, Magruwen, that one of his fellow immortals has already been killed by the Blackbringer. But Magruwen has grown weary of the world; in a perfectly rendered scene, Magpie has to reason with an idle god and convince him that the world is worth saving. “Sure the past can't be undone, but it can be forgiven.... How much finer will it be to build a new age on forgiveness than on anguish?” There's a hint of darkness to Taylor's setting, which belies its origin (she originally conceived her creatures for a line of faerie-themed greeting cards and ornaments). It's a fresh take on a well-worn milieu, and the author's knack for faerie dialogue, replete with its own interjections, clichés and turns of phrase, makes for engaging escapism. Ages 10-up. (June) --Staff (Reviewed May 14, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 20, p54)
  • /* Starred Review */ Featuring both an uncommonly well-conceived setting and buckets of high-energy action, Taylor's debut tale of a thumb-sized devil hunter who comes this close to meeting her match belongs at the top of everyone's fantasy must-read list. Having discovered that ignorant humans are actually releasing brutish devils from the enchanted bottles into which they had been forced 25,000 years ago, young Magpie Windwitch has set herself to flitting about the planet with a bevy of ageless crows to recapture them. But devil number 24 turns out to be a different sort of proposition altogether—a shapeless mass of darkness and hatred that "uncreates" its victims and is out to unweave the warp and weft of the world itself. By the time devil and hunter have squared off in Dreamdark, a bespelled wood that hides the last great Faerie settlement, 'Pie has discovered that she has more abilities, and a role to play in larger events, than she had ever dreamed. Taylor carries her Faerie world well beyond its recognizably Victorian base, and crafts a memorably clever, intrepid insect-winged heroine to save it. (Fantasy. 11-13) (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2007)
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Taylor, Laini
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
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  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.6
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True
Series statement
Faeries of Dreamdark
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
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  • Fairies
  • Magic
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Blackbringer, Laini Taylor
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Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
437 pages
Isbn
9780399246302
Lccn
2006026540
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Label
Blackbringer, Laini Taylor
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
  • sheet
  • volume
Carrier category code
  • nb
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
Content type code
  • cri
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
437 pages
Isbn
9780399246302
Lccn
2006026540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780142411681
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