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I Made It! (and) Faeries of Dreamdark: Silksinger

June 30, 2010

Today marks the last day of NaBloPoMo.  It was a haul to get here.  I am glad that I fulfilled the challenge, and I may do it again, but I am so glad that I don’t have the requirement of posting every day (beginning tomorrow).  Figuring out what to write about got easier, and I threw up my hands a couple of times and did something that didn’t require much thought, but it was still hard for me.  Have you ever done this?  I know Sam has.  I LOVE it when she does!  I look forward to each day knowing that there will be a post from a favorite blogger.


I finished Faeries of Dreamdark:  Silksinger last night.  I pretty much read all day yesterday, and did little else.  (I did feed the kids, but that’s about it.)  My brain is still there, in Laini’s faerie world.  I am still puzzling over how a friend can become a foe and a foe a friend.  I am still in awe of the tale that she can spin.

The story begins where Blackbringer ends.  Magpie Windwitch and her new friend Talon Rathersting go off with their clan of crows to find the five remaining Djinn who are asleep in their hideouts all over the world.  (The Djinn are the creators of the Tapestry–which is the world.  One of them was awakened in Blackbringer, and he has ordered Magpie to find the others.)  They find one right off the bat, easy-peasy.  But we are also introduced to Whisper and her Grandparents who are guarding another Djinn and are being chased by an army of Devils.  Whisper is trying to get the Djinn back to his throne so he will awaken, but his throne is very far away.  On her journey, she needs to hitch a ride with a convoy because her wings are too little to fly.  This is where she meets Hirik.  Magpie learns of the peril that Whisper is in, and her clan takes flight to help her.

Laini Taylor weaves the two story lines back and forth expertly.  She keeps us wondering what is happening to the other people while we are learning about the ones we are reading about in the present moment.  She keeps us guessing, but gives us enough to think about that by the time she reveals her secrets, we have had an inkling of what may be the truth.  She also keeps the reader on the edge of her seat (which was a lawn chair in the sun for most of yesterday).  Bad things happen.  Good things happen.  Some bad things are made right, others cannot be made right.  And, in the end?  While one conflict is taken care of, another is left to escape.  So, Magpie and Talon have to go out to right this wrong…in another book!  Said book has NOT been written yet.  Did I mention that I am on the edge of any seat I sit on?  I loved this book and CAN’T WAIT for the next one.  However, I will have to wait.  Laini is writing another book right now that has nothing to do with Magpie.  It is due out in 2011 and is called Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  You can bet I will be in line for that one!  And the next book I am reaching for right now?  Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor.  I just can’t get enough!  Just to let you know, Laini has promised that she will go back to Magpie on her blog:

“*re: more Dreamdark books: some day I will finish the series! I am deeply committed to Magpie and crew and feel sick about leaving them in limbo. I will see their story through. It is just not in the cards for the next few years.”

I really hope it is sooner than that, but I will wait with bated breath.

  1. July 9, 2010 9:23 am

    You have convinced me that I should try this! Another series you might like…the Mortal Instruments series. There are demon slayers and vampires and fairies…it’s kinda teenage-ry but it was fun to see what would happen. And you are always so sweet to support me when I post everyday. I really need to do it again. I know I loved hearing YOUR thoughts this month!

    • July 11, 2010 11:42 pm

      Oh, another series! Bless your heart. I have a stack or two of books waiting for me to finish reading my textbook for my class, so I will just add this to my ever-growing list. I like teenager-y stuff, so I am sure I will love it!

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