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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dreamdark: Blackbringer (Young Adult)

Released May 2009

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

I'll start by saying that I do not mean the next line to be negative in any way. DREAMDARK: BLACKBRINGER is a fairy tale on steroids. Many aspects of the book remind me of a classic fairy tale, good versus evil, monsters lurking in unknown places waiting to pounce and a heroine, complete with flaws, doing everything she can to save those she loves and come to terms with a changing environment.

If you have a child that enjoys Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings movies, this might be a series worth purchasing. I have a feeling many kids who enjoy that style of fantasy will love this book.

The faerie Magpie Windwitch is unlike other faeries who hide out in the safety of the forest living peaceful lives. Magpie searches the world for dangerous snags, devils who've managed to escape their confinement and are wreaking havoc on man. Magpie travels by crow and fulfills her role happily, acting like her hero, another mighty hunter named Bellatrix who existed 25,000 years ago.

It's Magpie's latest hunt that has her a little shaky. Landing on a vacated boat, Magpie finds no signs of life. She soon learns that one of seven elementals, djinns that vanished 4,000 years ago, has been extinguished permanently. An evil force is on the hunt and it will take everything Magpie has to defeat her enemy and find the missing elementals before it's too late.

Anyone thinking faeries are girly little creatures will need to rethink things. Magpie is as tough as they come. The narrative, characters and dialogue lured me in and held me entranced until the final page. Best of all, this is only the beginning. More Dreamdark books are in the works, including Silksinger (released in September.)

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