Saturday, 1 February 2014

Book Review: BLACKBRINGER by Laini Taylor

“Dreams are real, Magpie. They’re seed and water and sun. They’re everything.”
I am a contemporary girl at heart, so a tale featuring warrior fairies, talking crows, and devils trapped in bottles is not quite my thing.
It took me no time at all to lose myself in this book though, thanks to Laini Taylor’s gorgeous writing and wonderful world building. She is the kind of talented most of us can only dream about.
Magpie Windwitch is the grand-daughter of the west wind and a devil hunter. While other fairies live in seclusion deep within the forest of Dreamdark, Magpie and her faithful band of crows, are hunting devils. But now something has been released that Magpie isn’t sure she can fight; a darkness so ancient and powerful it might consume the whole world.
I so enjoyed the time I spent with Magpie and her merry band of crows, they were my kind of crowd. The addition of Prince Talon when they arrived in Dreamdark just made things even better. I have a huge soft spot for Prince Talon and I loved the banter that he and Magpie indulged in.
The world building is simply amazing. I read that Laini Taylor has notebooks full of how the Dreamdark world works and it shows. I believed utterly in this world and all it’s glorious history.
As with the best books Blackbringer lingered with me for a long time after I’d finished it. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Silkspinner, although this proved difficult, as unbelievably it is out of print. Luckily my lovely library had a copy, so I can continue the adventure.
So if you don’t think you’re really a fantasy fan, do try Blackbringer, it might change your mind.