Friday, October 16, 2009

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater Review

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception
Maggie Stiefvater
Source: Library
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 fairies. When a mysterious boy enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of nowhere, Deirdre finds herself infatuated. Trouble is, the enigmatic and conflicted Luke turns out to be a gallowglass--a souless faerie assassin--and Deirdre is meant to be his next mark. Deirdre has to decide if Luke's feelings towards her are real, or only a way to lure her deeper into the world of Faerie.
Lament is now my favorite "faerie" tale. Seriously.

Stiefvater weaves her words together brilliantly, and so vividly to create a beautiful story. I felt like at any second, one of "Them" would show up in the shadows or a clover would drop in my lap. Deirdre was an amazing protagonist. Seemingly normal, if a little bland and boring in those first few pages, she grows more enjoyable as a protagonist as the pages turn. James and Luke were great supporting characters. I favored James a bit more, just because he was such a great friend, believing in all of this craziness and sticking by Deirdre.

Highlights: Definitely towards the end of the novel, when Deirdre figures out who she can't trust. I already disliked this character, but was surprised at the betrayal.

Lowlights: I honestly cannot think of anything I disliked. It was a great novel, and I couldn't put it down no matter how hard I tried.

Rating: 5 out of 5



  1. I don't know what it is about her writting but I could not get through this book, I quit around 200 pages in.. and I could barely get through Shiver

  2. Wow - not a single thing you didn't like about it.
    It's so crazy to see you talk about how much you love it and then read a comment from someone that couldn't even finish it.
    Hmmmm. . .

  3. This sounds really good. I haven't seen it around at all. Great review.

  4. I loved Shiver and Lament is in my "mailbox" this week so I can't wait to read it. Glad to hear how much you liked it.

  5. Lament was so awesome! I adore Maggie's writing. Great review!

  6. Fairies are definitely an easy sell to me and this sounds really good! I'm glad you enjoyed it, I hope I do as well.

  7. i'm not a huge fan of her writing either, but i did finish the book