October 8, 2009

Lament - Maggie Stiefvater

Young Adult
Pages: 336
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: October 1, 2008

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-oldfaerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .

Maggie is an amazing writer. I do love the way she writes, in a different, creative way. I don't know why I was expecting something similar to Shiver, but this is completely different, in a good way. I loved this fairy world. The book hooks you up since the very first page. The romance is delicious and the mystery is resolved smoothly. I also loved the ending, the last words were the perfect ending.
The characters are interesting and down to earth. I loved James and his sarcastic sense of humor. On the other hand, Luke seemed way too perfect, lacking any flaws except the obvious. But I loved the story so I let it pass. The cover is the first one in a while I just don't like. It doesn't draw attention at all and has nothing interesting or pretty. I would have never picked this up by looking at the cover. Anyhow, if you like fairy stories, this is probably the one I've liked best.


  1. I just read Shiver, haven't read this one yet. Yes, that cover really isn't a grabber. Glad you liked it :)

  2. Sounds pretty good....may have to check it out! I haven't read Shiver myself, but I've heard mixed reviews...still holding out on my final opinion of it until I actually read it.

  3. Shiver is really sweet!! I did like it a lot! This one is really good too!

  4. I need to read this! I loved Shiver, but it's good to know that this one is really different. Thanks for the great review!

  5. I just finished reading this and it was pretty good. I thought I would be the only person who thought that Luke seemed to perfect. I don't like the cover either. Great review!

  6. Its sounds good. Thanks for this nice review.


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