Reviews for Silksinger

Booklist Reviews 2009 September #1
Following up Blackbringer (2007), this sprawling segment of the Dreamdark saga continues to deliver a vibrant alternative faerie world with blood, black magic, and the iconic opposition of good and evil. Whisper may seem small and inadequate against the mysterious forces out to deprive the faeries of their life's work and vitality, but as the Silksinger, she has a secret weapon. Taylor's invented vocabulary includes slang and curse words, keeping the long tale afloat for word lovers as well as those with a more imagistic appreciation for faerie world fantasies. Although further titles are likely, this saga ends with a sense of completion. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
Whisper Silksinger is the last surviving member of a clan dedicated to guarding one of the sleeping Djinn, creators of the world. Magpie and Hirik, aspiring champions of the Djinn, will protect Whisper from the army of pursuing devils--if they can find her. Through Taylor's powerful storytelling, richly imagined world, and earnestly developed characters, old-fashioned winged fairies become fiercely new. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2009 July #2
Thumb-sized mage/warrior Magpie Windwitch's quest to find and wake the creation-weaving Djinn moves one step closer to completion but also suffers a major reverse in this headlong sequel to Dreamdark: Blackbringer (formerly Fairies of Dreamdark: Blackbringer, 2007). On the trail of the Djinn Azazel, Magpie and her allies wing into the fairy city of Nazneen too late to prevent young Whisper, last of the Silksinger clan, and the sleeping Djinn she guards from falling into the clutches of the deliciously frightening general Ethiag and Ethiag's mysterious Master. Replete with desperate fights and flights, the plot races along to a rousing climax--and then a stunning betrayal that both renders the fairies' victory a qualified one at best and leaves the ending open for a direct segue into the next episode. Equally adept at folding in both low humor and elevated imagery and language, Taylor expertly weaves multiple story lines into another ripping yarn, once again taking readers into an uncommonly well-articulated world where the magic follows credible rules and the fairies are anything but the sugarplum sort. (Fantasy. 11-13) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 September

Gr 5-9--In this second volume in the series, the adventures of Magpie and the other fairies of Dreamdark forest continue as they quest to find the remaining five djinn that created the world. Two legendary clans with special magical gifts, the Mothmage and the Silksingers, both long-thought extinct, reemerge as Magpie and her followers search for the djinn Azazel in Nazneen. Evil is brewing there, and many surprises await the fairy heroes as they try to protect the world's tapestry from unraveling. Silksinger defies genre barriers. It certainly feels like fantasy, but it has elements of adventure and horror as well. With excellent world-building and deft pacing, this story is difficult to put down. The characters are well developed, and their close relationships and rapid-fire dialogue enhance the story. Make no mistake, these are not girly Disney-esque creatures. Taylor's fairies are tough and can take care of themselves. Occasional sword violence is offset by a rigid respect for all life in this fairy culture. While Taylor does a good job of weaving details from the first book into the second, Silksinger will be best enjoyed if it is read in sequence. This is series fantasy at its best: readers who loved Blackbringer (Putnam, 2007) will certainly gobble up this installment.--Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH

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