Who are these fearsome (and -- cough -- fiercely attractive) individuals? I think they're in the Rathersting clan!
Laini Taylor’s first Dreamdark novel, Blackbringer, is finally out in paperback. Huzzah!
In case you haven’t read it, Blackbringer is the story of Magpie Windwitch, a devil-hunting faerie who lives with a clan of cheroot-smoking crows. They're my favorite type of heroes – tough, a little sketchy, and very funny. The novel is also packed with dragons, djinn, a scavenger imp named Batch Hangnail (I LOVE her names, don’t you?), and a particularly yummy warrior prince named Talon Rathersting.
Talon has tattoos and knitting needles, you guys.
Laini has a fantastic voice. The language and the world are exquisite and original, and there’s a brilliant element of horror woven throughout. And, of course, there’s a looovely blossoming romance. Happy sigh.
And – AND! – the novel is fortunate to be illustrated by Laini’s super-duper talented husband, Jim Di Bartolo. His illustrations are the perfect compliment to her text, tinged with the same blend of darkness and beauty. There’s one I’m particularly in love with, a picture of Magpie’s friend, Poppy Manygreen, and her gorgeous swallowtail butterfly wings. It makes the child inside of me ache with longing to be the beautiful Poppy!
So. Just in case anyone is wondering if I'm gushing simply because the fabulous, pink-haired Laini HAPPENS to be a dear friend of mine, allow me to point this out: Before I was her friend, I was a fangirl. (Proof.) We became friends because I loved her writing. So yes! You can believe me when I tell you to READ BLACKBRINGER.
BECAUSE IT IS GOOD.
VERY, VERY GOOD.
And if you haven’t read it yet, now is the perfect time, because then you’ll be ready for the September release of her second Dreamdark novel, Silksinger.
(Yes, I’ve read it. And yes, it’s AMAAAAAZING.)
And – AND! – this October, Laini and Jim have another book coming out. It’s called Lips Touch, and it has three supernatural tales that all revolve around…
And now you know why I love her so much.
(Yes, I’ve read this one too. And it’s wonderful. And I’ll tell you all about it SOON but not TODAY because TODAY is about BLACKBRINGER. WHICH YOU SHOULD TOTALLY BUY. TODAY.)
In other awesome book news, Mindi Scott is getting published! Her novel, Scratching at the 8-Ball, was just bought by Pulse (Simon & Schuster), and she'll be working with her dream editor, Leisa Abrams. YAAAAAY!!!
I met Mindi at last year's Western Washington SCBWI conference, and ever since, we've been continually amazed as our lives have mirrored each other. Last January, we even accepted agent representation on the exact same day! (Maybe now we'll share a pub date? That would be so cool.)
So if you have a moment, head on over to Mindi's blog to congratulate her. It's a HUGE day for her. I'm so happy for you, Min!