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Laini Taylor is a writer & artist living in Portland, Oregon. Her debut novel, Dreamdark: Blackbringer was published to much acclaim, including stars from Booklist, Bank Street College of Education, and KLIATT; it was a Book Sense Children's Pick; winner of the Baker & Taylor/PYRG Teen Readers Sweepstakes; is on the Sequoyah Book Awards Master List; and has received glowing praise from such luminaries as Holly Black, Newbery Honor-winner Shannon Hale, and New York Times bestseller Brandon Mull. A Fuse #8 Production states, "If you read only one fantasy book this year, read this one." The companion volume Dreamdark: Silksinger will be published in September 2009, followed in October by a short-story collection Lips Touch.

Laini Taylor is also the creator of Laini's Ladies, a gift product line she began making by hand to sell at a local art fair, which has expended to seventeen product lines--from stationary to garden object to holiday ornaments to jewelry--that have retailed in over 5,000 gift and specialty stores throughout the United States and Canada.Laini Taylor lives with her husband, artist Jim Di Bartolo, and her elderly dog, Leroy, in a bright yellow house filled with lots of books and marionettes and robots. They spend their time drinking coffee and making stuff up, and are currently awaiting the birth of their first child.

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Gr 5-8-Magpie Windwitch, accompanied by her trusty band of crows, has made it her business to hunt down any and all demons she can find, but when a nasty entity called the Blackbringer escapes its protective bottle, Magpie finds herself outpowered. Most of her fellow faeries are no help, so she must use her wits, her unique and talented friends, and her own magical gifts to vanquish the ancient and evil Blackbringer. Magpie is a feisty faerie with a spicy way with language and a disdain for all things sweet and delicate, and as long as she is center stage, readers will be entranced. The plot, sweeping and filled with a variety of creatures as it is, lags occasionally; this is a very long book. That said, true fans of Faerie, as well as fantasy buffs who like lots of action with their magic, will gobble this one up.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Belongs at the top of everyoneas fantasy must-read list." aKirkus Reviews," starred review
Tremendousaa vivid adventure in a place both familiar and new, characters that made me laugh and cheer, and a truly frightening villain. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. aShannon Hale, Newbery Honor Winner
Belongs at the top of everyone s fantasy must-read list." Kirkus Reviews", starred review
Tremendous a vivid adventure in a place both familiar and new, characters that made me laugh and cheer, and a truly frightening villain. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Shannon Hale, Newbery Honor Winner
Tremendous?a vivid adventure in a place both familiar and new, characters that made me laugh and cheer, and a truly frightening villain. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. ?Shannon Hale, Newbery Honor Winner
Tremendous - a vivid adventure in a place both familiar and new, characters that made me laugh and cheer, and a truly frightening villain. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. - Shannon Hale, Newbery Honor Winner
Belongs at the top of everyone's fantasy must-read list." - Kirkus Reviews", starred review

In Taylor's debut fantasy, humans are unknowingly releasing demons into the world-demons trapped in bottles 25,000 years ago by armies of faeries. Young faerie Magpie Windwitch, whose grandfather is the West Wind and whose role in the emerging conflict seems ominously important, works to put those demons back into the bottles that held them for so long. It's a tough job, especially since the seven Djinn that created the world and all of its creatures (except, of course, humans) went into hiding 4,000 years ago. A particularly nasty demon, the Blackbringer, seems determined to attack Dreamdark, the place the world was created; Magpie and her faithful band of crows head there to warn the sleeping Djinn, Magruwen, that one of his fellow immortals has already been killed by the Blackbringer. But Magruwen has grown weary of the world; in a perfectly rendered scene, Magpie has to reason with an idle god and convince him that the world is worth saving. "Sure the past can't be undone, but it can be forgiven.... How much finer will it be to build a new age on forgiveness than on anguish?" There's a hint of darkness to Taylor's setting, which belies its origin (she originally conceived her creatures for a line of faerie-themed greeting cards and ornaments). It's a fresh take on a well-worn milieu, and the author's knack for faerie dialogue, replete with its own interjections, cliches and turns of phrase, makes for engaging escapism. Ages 10-up. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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