If you enjoyed the first book in Laini Taylor's series about the Faeries of Dreamdark (which Holly Black aptly described as "whimsical and tiny, but fierce"), you won't want to miss the second one, which in my opinion surpassed the first in terms of absorbing me into its unique and vividly depicted adventure.
In Dreamdark: Silksinger, we follow the complex, interweaving stories of a few different narrators—firstly, you'll remember Magpie Windwitch from the first book, her friend Talon, and her band of crow brothers. They're still on the hunt for the remaining djinn, which was their charge from the powerful Magruwen. But this time we're also following the story of Whisper Silksinger, the last of the Silksinger clan and the protector of the djinn Azazel. With devils dogging her trail, she'll do whatever she can to get the djinn back to his temple in the mountains…short of revealing her identity.
Speaking of hidden identities, there's also Hirik, whose path parallels Whisper's in more ways than one—and they could help each other, if only each knew the other's secret. And underneath it all—literally, under the ground—the poor, pathos-ridden snail-demon Slomby toils as a slave, made to suffer for his tender-heartedness in caring for the last of the captive firedrakes. And if he doesn't do his job, his ruthless Master wouldn't think twice about making him suffer even more. To complicate matters, that same Master is on a quest of his own, to track down the Azazel for himself.
This sequel has not only an intriguing and sympathetic cast of characters, it also masterfully weaves together a number of parallel storylines while maintaining a high level of tension and somehow combining faeries with massively swashbuckling adventure. And, as always, the illustrations by Jim DeBartolo are distinctive and fun. Ultimately, though, I guess I just like the idea that the tiniest, most seemingly innocuous creatures are destined to save the world.
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