Faeries of Dreamdark is a middle grade fantasy series by Laini Taylor, currently comprised of two novels, Blackbringer and Silksinger.In Blackbringer, Magpie Windwitch, a young fairy, has found herself as one of the last demon hunters, trying desperately to put back in bottles the monsters that humans have been letting out by the boatloads. It doesnít help that most of the fairy world has hidden itself away behind enchanted hedges and isolated cities. When an entire town simply disappears with no evidence of trouble, itís clear the latest terror stalking the fairy world is something altogether different. Leaving Magpie and her friends as the only ones capable (or willing) to stop it.In Silksinger, Magpie, Talon, and the crows continue searching for the dreaming Djinn, with the help of Batch Hangnail. Meanwhile, Whisper Silksinger journeys desperately, trying to return the Azazel to his throne and fulfill the duty of protecting the Djinn that her clan has performed for thousands of years. She soon crosses paths with Hirik, a lad with a secret deeper than his desire to be the Azazel's new champion.
Dual Wielding: A lot of the characters do this during battle scenes, usually fighting independently with each hand.
Glamour Failure: Demons always leave rooster tracks, no matter what shape their feet may be. They also can't get hands right when masquerading as fairies; their fingers always have too many joint or two few.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: The scars Talon receives holding onto the tether on Magpie's waist are good. Dusk's scars received committing a murder are less so.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Rathersting royalty take a very active part in defending the forest. However, they are only one clan, and Queen Vesper subverts this. She has very little to do other than be rich, beautiful, and loved. In fact, when she's told she needs to lead people in actually fighting, she freaks out.
Senseless Sacrifice: As touching and heroic as it is, Magpie submitting to Ethiag to protect her friends was probably not a good idea, as it would have just kept them alive for another couple minutes and she would have died, too. The sacrifice itself is subverted, though.
Ship Tease: The whole kissing-their-fingers-and-flicking-each-other scene(s) in Silksinger.
Slipknot Ponytail: It's not unknown for Magpie's hair to come undone while flying or fighting.
Switching P.O.V.: The books go through the third-person-limited point of view centered around lots of different characters.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: The fairy respect for life is staunch, and Magpie was hugely upset when she was forced to help slay a mob of devils, even though she was protecting a large number of innocent, unarmed bystanders at that point.
Waif-Fu: Magpie might be a 'slip of a girl', but she can kick demon butt.
The Watson: Talon often needs clarfication about obscure faerie myths, which is helpful to the readers.
What Beautiful Eyes: Happens a number of times. The eyes in question also often happen to be blue.
Talon is once asked to identify Magpie by answering whether or not she has "eyes like aquamarines". His embarrassment is priceless.
Kite is said to have recognized Robin by the blue color of his eyes.
As a more minor example, Talon's eyes are described as something along the lines of "crystals with the sky shining through them" when he and Magpie first meet.
What Could Have Been: On her blog, Laini Taylor stated that Talon was not originally part of the plan while writing Blackbringer. He came in later and replaced a character named Acorn, who was another scamperer boy and a cousin of Poppy's.