Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater
Came out: October 1, 2008
Age Group: Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.
Maggie Stiefvater has beautiful lyrical writing that literally flows. Look at my blog name. "Words Like Silver"? That is Maggie Stiefvater's writing. She is a genius. Her books are amazing. This book was no exception....I think this was her debut. I read Shiver before this and loved it so I really wanted to pick this one up but was worried because I thought it might be too short and I'd finish it in thirty minutes (I'm a really fast reader). I'm more of a fan of the biggie books like Halo, Nevermore, Nightshade, Revolution, etc,. But I decided to buy it anyways.Boy am I glad that I did. I fell in love with the characters immediately. IMMEDIATELY. That's how great of a writer Maggie is. First off, I loved Deirdre's inverted nature and nerves, and it has been my secret fantasy to play the harp. Unfortunately, when my mother asked Hannah (my twin) and I what instruments we wanted to play, I so desperately wanted to be the only girl drummer in my grade. Don't ask me why; it was a phase. So now, I am a drummer.Anyways, I loved how she wanted to play the faerie ballad. I thought it was lovely how Maggie spun that in there. And her romance with Luke develops perfectly. It's not too fast where you're like "okay, so she says 'i love you' to a guy she just met? Weird" type romance, but a "awww that's so romantic and sweet" type romance. They start off slow and grow to really like each other. I loved the character of James. He was BRILLIANT.
I also adored the ending. I adored this entire book. It was absolutely WONDERFUL squared. The ending was magnificent with a heart-wrenching twist and the story was told beautifully. I cannot emphasize enough how "beautiful" and "gorgeous" and "lyrical" Maggie's writing is. I know that I have said that a billion times but it is true!I loved the background with the cloverhand and the prologue and the Queen. Deeply based on Celtic myths, Lament will leave you yearning for a sequel. It was a great story world that I loved to live in. Does anybody else seriously obsess over this book? It was AMAZING and FABULOUS and EVERY OTHER GOOD WORD OUT THERE!Recommended for anybody who loves: Need; Captivate; Entice; Wings; The Iron King; faeries; Celtic myths; etc,.Possible book club questions:Why do you think Deirdre is so introverted?What do you think made Deirdre want to play the harp?Why do you think that the faeries just now noticed that Deirdre is a cloverhand? Had she been one all along or was she developing the talent?How do you think James felt about Luke and Deirdre?Celtic myth plays a large part in this novel. What other Celtic myths are you interested in?PS. Sorry that there isn't a picture. My computer was screwed up for a while.