Book Review: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor

BlackbringerTitle: Blackbringer

Author: Laini Taylor

Series: Faeries of Dreamdark #1

Publisher: Penguin

Released: June 21st, 2007

Book Summary:

When the ancient evil of the Blackbringer rises to unmake the world, only one determined faerie stands in its way. However, Magpie Windwitch, granddaughter of the West Wind, is not like other faeries. While her kind live in seclusion deep in the forests of Dreamdark, she’s devoted her life to tracking down and recapturing devils escaped from their ancient bottles, just as her hero, the legendary Bellatrix, did 25,000 years ago. With her faithful gang of crows, she travels the world fighting where others would choose to flee. But when a devil escapes from a bottle sealed by the ancient Djinn King himself, the creator of the world, she may be in over her head. How can a single faerie, even with the help of her friends, hope to defeat the impenetrable darkness of the Blackbringer?
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.


I loved Laini’s series The Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  I had Blackbringer on Audible so thought I’d give it a try.  Blackbringer is a good book.  I liked it but it was nothing close to how much I enjoyed The Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

Likely my expectations were too high going into this one.  And I realized while listening to this one that while I do enjoy fantasy I like a more romance and human elements tied into this type of book.  That said this is still a really unique and entertaining story.  It took me a couple of weeks to get through this.  It was a book I could put down but I kept coming back to it.

For those who love faeries you should definitely give this a try.  I did and although it won’t go down on a list of favorites it is a well done fantasy worth the time to read.



Rating: 3.5 Stars – Good Book

Content: Clean actually probably squeaky clean, I can’t remember anything objectionable at all and it’s appropriate for all ages.


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  1. I love Laini’s writing.Have you read Lips Touch Three Times?It’s really amazing.

  2. Inspired Kathy says:

    I haven’t read it. Thanks for the recommendation.