Blackbringer (Anglais) Broché – 14 mai 2009
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she must unravel the mystery of the worst enemy --her folk have ever known. Can one small,
determined faerie defeat the forces that threaten --to unmake the world?
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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.
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Magpie is a fairy who is a devil catcher. Humans have been letting them out to plague the world. She is the only one who has the ability to make the glyphs to rid the world of these foul beings. She finds that a new devil, one who is different and scarier than the rest, has been let out, as well.
She tracks him down in Dreamdark, the home of the fairies. His name is Blackbringer. He is going to destroy the whole world by unraveling the tapestry and swallowing the world into darkness and shadow. Through many adventures, Mags and her crows and a few other fairies wake up a Djinn, fight many frightful devils, and find out the true history of Dreamdark and the birth of Magpie.
I was fascinated with the mythology that has been invented for this book. The world was dreamed by the powerful Djinns and there used to be many creatures in this world that have been hunted out of existence by humans. BLACKBRINGER was a delightful read full of roller-coaster adventures and surprises. I sure hope Laini Taylor writes more about Magpie, the crows, Poppy, Talon, and the Magruwen.
Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
On pourrait être tous -dans un sens- Magpie ou Talon. ça dépende lequel coté on se situe à quel moment. C'est un livre qu'en nous faisant rêver nos présente aussi le monde. Un monde. Lointain, ou le notre. Plusieurs niveaux de lecture pour ce livre qui réveille l'aventure, celle de tous les jours si on a assez de magie en soit.
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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.
Gotcher attention, eh? I think that if you knew me, you'd know that I don't throw out statements like this willy-nilly. I've read enough books for children and teens to know that no matter how good a story seems while you are reading it, there's bound to be another that steals your heart a day or two later. Good books are published every single day, and declaring one to be the be all and end all of any category is just plain wrong.
That said, if you read only one fantasy book this year, read this one.
I mean it. First time author Laini Taylor has written a doozy of a debut. It's one of those books you read and then find you can't put down. I repeatedly found myself on the New York City subway system in a state of frustration every time I arrived at my stop. Somehow, Taylor is able to write a fantasy novel so compelling that you can never put it down because you've found yourself at a particularly exciting moment. Separating itself from every other fantasy series out there (an accomplishment in and of itself) Taylor's written a book with just enough humor, tension, excitement, hope, joy, and pure unadulterated despair to please even the most jaded of fantasy loving kiddies. And it's about freakin' fairies.
Funny story. Remember that old fairy tale about the guy who found a genie in a bottle and when he opened it he was granted three wishes? Well, it won't surprise you too much then to hear that these days whenever a human finds a bottle their first instinct is to uncork the sucker. Problem is, genies aren't the denizens of these bottles. Demons are. And when the demons are let loose upon the world there's only one gal with the guts to put them in their place. Magpie Windwitch just happens to be the granddaughter of the West Wing (it's a long story), a fairy, and she's traveling with her seven crow companions. Her job is to track down and recapture these wayward devils by any means possible. She's good at her job, but little of her training prepares her for the darkest creature let loose yet. Called the Blackbringer, this nasty piece of work is intent on destroying the world, and its chances happen to be pretty darn good. To defeat it Magpie will have to cross over to the world of the dead, befriend the flightless, scurry, kill, confront the creator of the universe (who is SUCH a pill these days), and discover her true past. If you didn't know her, that might sound like a tall order. If you knew her, it would still sound like a tall order, but at least you'd know she'll tackle it with everything she's got.
Hopes were not high when I first picked up this book. I'll level with you here... author Laini Taylor was previously best known for a line of fairy ornaments called "Laini's Ladies". From that you might imagine the book to be a sweet little flower fairy tale with a lot of dew-sipping and moonlight dances. Thank God for Laini's husband Jim DiBartolo, then. Basically, it's going to be hard to sell any book with the word "faeries" in its title to the male fantasy-reading public. That's where Jim comes in. His illustrations for the book are fairly spare, with less than ten dotting the book. Still, Mr. DiBartolo has nailed the tone of his wife's text. The image of Magpie on the cover is perfect. She looks like she means business. All the characters in this book look that way, actually. There's nothing soft, flower fairyish, or namby-pamby about these sprites. And one can only hope that exposure to the Artemis Fowl books will have given readers an inkling of the kick-butt nature of faeries in general.
Not that there isn't a healthy dosing of humor to boot. The crow brothers that accompany Magpie at all times act like a feathered version of Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men, language and all. They smoke cigars and put on plays at the drop of a hat (which is particularly amusing when you consider the lack of opposable thumbs and all). Every character here (except maybe the villains) has a sense of humor, and it's an honest one. Taylor doesn't have to force the jokes. They come naturally and lighten an already quick and fancy book.
Okay, but what's the most important thing in any fantasy novel? The quality of writing, duckies. First and foremost there's the language in this book. Taylor's managed to create a kind of new speech that is infinitely understandable, but at the same time distinguishes itself from the pseudo-Gaelic slang so many other authors indulge in. There's a great deal of pleasure to be taken in phrases like, "hush yer spathering," or, "it shivers me," or, "un-skiving-likely." . She's also a keen ear for lush otherworldly descriptions too. Some are gorgeous and remarkable. Others are so horrific you're half amazed no one's thought of them before. "Its mottled brown skin had the texture of dried gut stretched over a skull, and so crude were its features it seemed to have been sculpted in the dark, and with one obvious omission: it had no mouth." I won't describe any more except to say how it goes about GETTING a mouth is grotesquely unique.
Of course, the inevitable comparison here is going to be with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The funny parts and mix of fantasy and horror placed alongside a heroine with supernatural powers who fights demons? Yeah. We've seen it before. The thing is though, this isn't a Buffy rip-off. It's powerful in its own right with its own distinctive mythology and unique world. Then again, it can definitely be boiled down to one girl saving the world. Why? Well, as the book explains at one point, "As with each devil she captured, she was the only one trying." The nice thing about having Magpie as your heroine is that even when you're worried for her, you're not so worried that you don't trust her. She may have the manners of a pit bull and the self-grooming talents of a mangy cat, but she's tough and fun and will take on anything her size or larger if you let her.
You know what I liked about this book? No rhyming prophecies about the future. Can I tell you how rare it is to find a fantasy that doesn't contain at least one, if not more, poorly rhymed prophecies about a "chosen one"? Okay, so fine. Magpie is kind of a chosen one. But she doesn't have to solve any riddles about it and her destiny isn't written in stone on an ancient parchment somewhere or anything. Besides, as the book puts it so perfectly, "She decided finally that it's not so bad to find out you have a destiny when it's something you were going to do anyway." And by the way, when someone dies in this book it matters. It matters intensely. This isn't one of those books where people die left and right and the stoic hero doesn't feel the loss. Nuh-uh. If someone dies Magpie feels mourns it up. This is something not all authors think to do, and I for one appreciated it.
Oh. And there's a warrior prince that knits. And a horrid little scavenger imp who enjoys putting his toes in his nose. And a host of other interesting, terrible, wonderful things all packed together in this book without ever feeling rushed or overused. For all its 400-some pages, "Blackbringer" moves at a remarkable clip, never getting bogged down or slow it doesn't sacrifice character or plot for the sake of action. Laini Taylor's balancing act with this novel should be studied intensely by those wannabes that want to break into the world of fantasy writing for kids. It's one-of-a-kind and worth a taste. I meant what I said and I said what I meant. If you read only one fantasy book this year, read this one.
The story can be a little hard to follow at first--the faerie language and its nuances took a little getting used to.
I have been recommending this book to young and old alike.
That said, she had me at Hello. Or in this case 'So much depended on this tiny faerie whom dreams had at last made real'. As another reviewer said below, this book IS extraordinary. I was sucked into Dreamdark from the beginning and could do nothing except finish reading it.
Magical is a good way to describe this book, both in content and execution. The world of Dreamdark that Laini has created is as rich and full as the language she uses to describe it. The story is a lavishly woven tapestry of color, characters, mythology, history, dreams and magic. The sense of brotherhood and of purpose of some, and the lack of it in others is what makes this story one worth finishing as quickly as possible, simply to find out what Magpie and her crows do and how she handles it.
This book was magical and I highley recommend it to anyone of any age who is looking for an adventurous ride thorugh a new land with a hero of the age.
Its fantastic. I don't know what else to say that hasn't already been said by the other reviewers. I was sad to close the book every time I had to put it down. And-like all my favorites-I was regretting reading it so fast when I was done with it, because I wasn't ready to leave that world! Laini created such a beautiful forest (Dreamdark) that I could picture it in my mind, and I wanted to be there in Poppy's garden and workroom, and I wanted to have dinner in the Rathersting castle surrounded by fierce, tattooed fairy warriors!
So all in all, go get this book, read it, then make all your friends read it, none of you will regret it!