Blackbringer

Blackbringer

Paperback - 2010
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Magpie Windwitch, faerie, devil hunter, and granddaughter of the West Wind, must defeat an ancient evil creature, the Blackbringer, who has escaped from his bottle and threatens to unmake all of creation.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scholastic, 2010, c2007.
ISBN: 9780545243919
Characteristics: 437 pages :,illustrations ;,19 cm.

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andreareads
Jun 13, 2011

One devil, just one in all of devil history, had granted three wishes to the human who freed it. Magpie had caught that troublemaking snag five years ago and put him back, but the damage was already done. The mannies had a mania for it now, and every chance they got they freed some wicked thing back into the world, and they surely didn't get wishes for their trouble.

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andreareads
Jun 13, 2011

In statues the champion was always wearing a tunic of shed firedrake scales with daggers strapped to both her thighs and her simple gold circlet on her hair. That was the kind of lady Magpie planned to be when the time came: the kind who sharpened her knives beside the fire in a hunting camp . . .

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andreareads
Jun 13, 2011

The world was scattered with friendships she'd begun and left behind when the time came to move on, and the time always came.

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andreareads
Jun 13, 2011

crows have a flair for the dramatic.

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andreareads
Jun 13, 2011

She herself had first heard the chronicle of the dragonslaying many years ago, but it still clenched her insides to think of it. Such a frenzy of butchery it had been that even thousands of years could not cleanse humanity of its stain.

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andreareads
Jun 12, 2011

Humans had a genius for devising instruments of death. Their lives were so short and they seemed to value them so little, sending waves of men to clash in battlefields, then weighing victory by the piled corpses. And if they held their own lives so worthless, the lives of everything else were as fruit to pluck from trees.

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andreareads
Jun 12, 2011

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.

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andreareads
Jun 12, 2011

But there was not now and never had been magic for reaching back in time. Past moments lay as they fell and nothing would stir them.

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campingstove
May 19, 2012

This is a book about faeries...the cute little pixie kind - not my usual thing. But I must say this ended up being a very interesting and moving story that I really cared about. I agree with andreareads that it was a little slow to get moving, but it was worth sticking with it. Also the writing style is a more descriptive and evocative than the typical modern novel, which is a nice bonus for me.

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andreareads
Jun 12, 2011

The grand "Evil tries to destroy the world, Good tries to save it," plot was not working for me and I almost gave up on it. As more personal elements came into the story - grounded creatures wanting to fly, characters hoping to be reunited with loved ones - I enjoyed it more. A mix of very traditional fairy tale elements and well-imagined details of faerie life and magic.

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