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Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception Paperback – 2008
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So, it was with certain reservations that I picked up Maggie Stiefvater's "Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception" on the recommendation of a friend. In my head I was already trying to think of diplomatic ways to compliment a Young Adult Faerie Book without having to point out Kicky Ineffectual Heroines and overly perky and harmless (or unreasonably malicious and evil) fae.
"Lament" blew all that right out of the water.
First, the core of the story is about women. Deirdre's relationship with her mother and grandmother, her relationship with her aunt, her relationship with the Faerie Queen, all played out across the story of a young woman making the choices that will determine the course of her life.Read more ›
As a rule, I'm not real big on faerie stories. They just don't ring my bell on a visceral level, but Lament cuts down deep. Stiefvater is a gifted author who weaves a dangerous world, and sensual characters with ease, and balances the entire package with a wonderfully wry sense of humor. The strong voice and appealing characters are easy to love, and just like the fey's playthings that fall sway to their magic, you kind of- no, I found myself- completely entranced by the villains, as well.
Would I Give This Book To a Teen: Yes, absolutely. The impossible love that's impossible to deny is potent, and Dee is a fierce protagonist who refuses to be a victim to glamoured circumstances.
Would I Give This Book To an Adult: Oh, I am so giving this book to adults. I'm giving this book to my best friend so she can read it and squee with me; I'm going to tell my librarian friend Kyle to get this book, and hand it to kids who are on The Endless Breaking Dawn waiting list. I'm getting another copy and sending it to my bff's sisters- there is, in fact, an extraordinarily good chance I am going to get yet another copy so my husband can read it. This is an awesome book, for serious.
My 14 Year Old Son Says: Nothing, because I'm reading it again and won't give it to him. (I think he'll like it though- the action and humor will appeal to him, and as a musician himself, I'm pretty sure he'll love how important music is in this story.)
The cover is beautiful, the title grabs my attention, too, and the description piqued my interest, but the book itself falls short. While the story is fairly original and very unique in parts, the main characters bring down the story. From the first moment when the two characters meet, the motivation behind the main protagonist's actions does not make sense. Later, when her character is explained a bit more, her actions still do not make sense. She is quite temperamental, which she explains by having a short temper. Having a short temper does not readily explain why she would act the way she does with a stranger, even one she saw in a dream. If it did, then her other actions of getting mad at him do not make sense, for she already "knows" him.
While the male main character is supposed to be mysterious, he does not really have too much else going for him. There is no depth to him, unless you lend your own imagination to the book.
The side characters, including her best friend (who I really enjoyed, though he was simply her funny, unique friend, and not really a fully developed person), were also flat.
The story was also burdened with random bits that were left unexplained and brought up to further the plot, and then dropped. If such an event caused the plot to move forward, wouldn't the characters even think about why or what happened instead of simply going with the flow? Much of the story seemed to count on the reader going with the flow, as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the Raven Cycle series before this book, also written by same author. I enjoyed that series tremendously which is what lead me to this book. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Reb B
Dierdre Monaghan is a gifted young harpist. And as she learns during the summertime events of Lament, she's a cloverhand, one who can see faeries. Read morePublished 28 days ago by ViolettePen
It was fun.
It was fast.
Death, danger, intrigue and a not exactly happily happily ever after with a bit of gruesome thrown in for spice. Read more
Very unique structure of the Fey's world, not sure I'll be reading the sequel though. Ended up highlighting all of the quirky-funny parts, I really did enjoy the balance of humor... Read morePublished 8 months ago by elijahe
I had high hopes for this book, but unfortunately I was disappointed. There were plot holes in abundance. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alyssa
As with all of her books stiefvater has a talent for taking you somewhere amazing, magical and unexpected. This book was no exception. I can't wait to read the BalladPublished 9 months ago by Mommy of 4
I like that her work is imaginative and well researched. As an academic and a former editor, it is a characteristic that I value in fiction as much as nonfiction. Read morePublished 10 months ago by tpw
The ending was bittersweet, it made tears prick at my eyes. The book was amazing, the characters loveable and easy to relate to. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christine