This is a charming continuation
of the story begun in Dreamdark: Blackbringer. Taylor paints a vivid
picture of a world populated with various kinds of faeries and other small fey creatures, and while they may be small of stature, they are not small of soul. Magpie and Whisper are delightful, and the ways in which their magics
differ are beautifully delineated.
Whisper Silksinger is the last of her clan, and she has a sacred duty to protect the Azazel, one of the djinn who dreamed the world. Pursued by devils, she tries to find passage to the merchant city of Nazneen, where the Azazel's temple is, and the only place where he can be revived.
Also pursuing Whisper and her charge is Magpie Windwitch, champion of the Magruwen and conqueror of Blackbringer. She'll stop at nothing to make sure that the Azazel and his guardian are safe, even when facing down an ancient villain and his many minions. (PUTNAM, Sep., 464 pp., $18.99)