Faeries of Dreamdark #2. Author: Laini Taylor.
One faerie, the last of her clan, must fight to complete her sacred duty
Whisper Silksinger is the last of the secret guardians of the Azazel, one of the powerful Djinn who dreamed the world into being. Relentlessly pursued by bloodthirsty devils, she flees to the city of Nazneen to restore the Azazel to his temple. At the same time, Hirik Mothmage is also on a secret quest, to find the Azazel and restore his disgraced clan’s ancient honor.
And behind them all flies Magpie Windwitch, first champion of the new age of faeries, desperate to rescue Whisper and the Azazel alike before they fall in the clutches of a sinister hidden enemy.
Much more dynamic and fast-paced than the first one! When multiple new point-of-views were first introduced, I was confused and none too pleased. Who are all these random people, and why am I watching them mess about when Magpie obviously has important things to do? As it turned out, Whisper Silksinger and Hirik Mothmage turned into my two new favorite characters. (There aren’t even that many characters, but trust me – I really, really like them.) Whisper is such an amazing contrast. Tiny, soft-spoken, terrified – and wielding more power than most fae in the world. The mothmages are a colorful bit of lore in and of themselves, and Hirik is just a sweetheart. More, I really enjoy the style of the ink drawings scattered through the book.
One bit that I didn’t really like, though,
Oh, and the scenery. The bustling bazaar and the colorful caravans and the spicy air and the whispering winds (I swear most of that alliteration was accidental). Laini Taylor’s not afraid to go for a big, beautiful backdrop for the action, and it adds to the beauty of the world.