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Monday, July 13, 2009

Review: Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Pub. Date: October 2008
Age Range: 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 . .
What can I say about Stiefvater’s debut novel? *4 SNAPS* PHE.NOM.E.NAL!

The writing is superb! I found myself engrossed in this novel from beginning to end. The magical & musical elements of the story made this novel more fascinating and are woven together perfectly. What provides a powerful impact to the story is how lyrical and mesmerizing the writing is, it captured my heart.

These characters have depth and I enjoyed getting to know them. I was pleased to see Deidre come into her abilities as the story progressed. I love strong heroines that take action instead of constantly being the victim in a story. Luke is the tortured hero and I love how Maggie slowly pieced his background together, I felt as though I was watching a movie on screen. James is one of my favorite characters, he’s charming with a great sense of humor and I can’t wait to read more about him.

The plot is fantastical and it kept me glued to the pages. Its stories like this, which keeps you guessing throughout the book that ends up as one of my favorites. I love stories that have forbidden love and it only made me root for the characters even more. When it came down to the final pages, I was like “No, I’m not ready for this story to end.” Well, that says something!

The end of the book had me begging for more and I can’t wait for the sequel. The good thing is I don’t have to wait too long! Ballad is scheduled for release Fall 2009.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


  1. I cannot wait for Ballad. There have been a few contests for Shiver (which looks amazing), but I haven't been seeing any copies of Ballad out and about... It really is too long to wait!

  2. Wow, 5 stars. It seems a lot of people really like Lament. I tried to read it but couldn't get into it... I'm thinking of trying it again since most people recommend it and it's usually my type of book. Thanks for the great review!

    - Alex

  3. Awesome Review.. I Loved Lament!

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  4. I can't wait to read this book! I can't get enough faerie books-- Great review! x)

  5. I have heard great things about this book. It is on my list to read...will read it this August. Your review has made me look forward to this read even more.

  6. Sounds interesting - I will have to look it up!


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