Monday, August 17, 2009

"Series fantasy at its best" !!!!!!!!!

Check out the School Library Journal review of Silksinger:

TAYLOR, Laini. Silksinger. Bk. 2. illus. by Jim Di Bartolo. 464p. (Dreamdark Series). Putnam. Sept. 2009. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-0-399-24631-9. LC number unavailable.

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

So nice! :-)

17 comments:

johanna said...

Go, Laini! Yay!!! So awesome, congrats! I can't wait to read this..

Nerd Goddess said...

Yay! I can't wait to read the final version. :)

Kiersten said...
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Kiersten said...

"Nice" makes it sound like they were being kind--no doubt they were being accurate! I'm so excited to read this one!

tone almhjell said...

Yay! Way to go, you!

Charlotte said...

Yay from me too!

persnickety_jen said...

I couldn't agree more myself! What a wonderful review, Laini - I'm sure there are many more on the way!

Amber Lough said...

WOOHOOO!!!!! This is GREAT! Well deserved, too.

And Congratulations on Baby Clementine!!!!!! She is beautiful. Absolutely adorable in every way. I'm so glad you are all doing well. :-)

Did you get the giraffe? I hope it made its way there so that when she's a little bit older, she can start whacking it against things like Henry does (or maybe she'll be nicer than he is!).

jckandy said...

I'm a little behind on the times.
Clementine Pie is the most awesome name ever! I love it! It's just such an artist's name, and I mean that in the best way possible. She'll have a great life growing up in your colorful house with you and Jim as parents. I'm sure she's inherited some strong writing/drawing genes.

Maybe someday you and Clementine can collaborate on a book or something! That would be really cool. Congratulations!!

Heather said...

BUT OF COURSE IT IS!

anne said...

Haven't read this one yet, obviously, but certainly feel the review applies to Blackbringer (in terms of the excellence, genre-barrier-leaping, etc! Can't wait to get it for the library!

Tinker said...

That's great - congrats!

Stephanie Perkins said...

HUZZAH!! Congratulations! I love you, School Library Journal! You have excellent, spot-on, dynamite taste.

I'm really looking forward to reading the final version. And I can't wait until the awesome reviews start pouring in for Lips Touch:

"Lips Touch is the bestest, most romantic book I've read all year. TONS of lusty kisses and hot boys. You will love Taylor's book, unless you are a goinky freak."

— Stephanie Perkins, Bluehair Weekly

Christine Fletcher said...

Woot! Woot! Yay, Laini, this is fabulous!

Shveta said...

I'm glad to see SLJ has good taste. ;) I preordered my copy and can't wait to read it!

(Also curious about Lips Touch and "Spicy Little Curses"!)

Kristin Anderson said...

I wasn't being "nice"...I'm certainly not always :)...the review was well deserved.--Kristin

Laini Taylor said...

Thank you, Kristin! I'm so glad you enjoyed the books :-)