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Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception Paperback – 2008
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*Starred Review* Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan, a gifted harpist who regularly plays for weddings and other events, has the kind of stage fright that makes her physically ill before a performance, which is an inauspicious way to start a romance; but while vomiting before a competition she meets a gorgeous boy who comes into the restroom to hold her hair. He is Luke Dillon, a flautist who proceeds to accompany her in a truly stellar performance. As four-leaf clovers start appearing everywhere, Deirdre develops telekinetic powers and encounters strange, unworldly people who seem to bear her ill will. Her best friend, James, also a talented musician; her beloved grandmother; and her mother all are in danger, as Deirdre is targeted by the queen of Faerie. Deirdre eventually discovers that she is a cloverhand, a person who can see the denizens of faerie, and Luke, not the only immortal who has her in his sights, is a gallowglass, an assassin assigned by the queen of Faerie to kill Deirdre but who falls in love with her instead. This beautiful and out-of-the-ordinary debut novel, with its authentic depiction of Celtic Faerie lore and dangerous forbidden love in a contemporary American setting, will appeal to readers of Nancy Werlin’s Impossible (2008) and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Illustrations by Jeffrey are fitting. Grades 9-12. --Diana Tixier Herald
"I just finished an advance copy of LAMENT: THE FAERIE QUEEN'S DECEPTION by debut author Maggie Stiefvater, which is smart, musical, romantic, and reinvents the faerie tradition." -- Cynthia Leitich Smith "Author of TANTALIZE"
"Vibrant and potent, YA readers searching for faerie stories will be happy to find this accomplished debut novel." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This beautiful and out-of-the-ordinary debut novel, with its authentic depiction of Celtic Faerie lore and dangerous forbidden love in a contemporary American setting, will appeal to readers of Nancy Werlin's Impossible and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series." --Booklist (starred review)
"Part adventure, part fantasy, and wholly riveting love story, Lament will delight nearly all audiences with its skillful blend of magic and ordinary life." --KLIATT (starred review)
-Vibrant and potent, YA readers searching for faerie stories will be happy to find this accomplished debut novel.- --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
-This beautiful and out-of-the-ordinary debut novel, with its authentic depiction of Celtic Faerie lore and dangerous forbidden love in a contemporary American setting, will appeal to readers of Nancy Werlin's Impossible and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series.- --Booklist (starred review)
-Part adventure, part fantasy, and wholly riveting love story, Lament will delight nearly all audiences with its skillful blend of magic and ordinary life.- --KLIATT (starred review)
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In some ways, I was torn by Lament because of the type of YA fantasy it is. I've struggled with high-school settings, dynamics, and character stereotypes before; and that was the case here. The first half of the story was uneventful, too. It focused mostly on Dierdre and Luke's "courtship," so most of the danger and revelations were postponed for the second half. And it didn't help that the romance felt too superficial for me to believe. Maybe I'm too rational, but "insta-love" or anything close to it just doesn't work for me.
Why did I give Lament 3 stars despite those criticisms? Firstly, because Maggie Stiefvater is a magician with words. Her writing style is smooth, carefully crafted, and vivid. This allows her narrative voice for Dierdre to pulse with life and the musical aspects of Lament to lilt and dance off the page - and stories about art or artistically inclined characters fascinate me, anyways. :) These highlights persuaded me to keep reading in spite of my hang-ups, and ultimately I was satisfied by the exciting, magic-filled second half and surprisingly dark, violent ending. I definitely want to read more of Stiefvater's work, because I see so much potential in her technique. It's just that the story of Lament didn't totally appeal to me.
I am an older man, closing in on 60 years rapidly. That makes books aimed at the young reader a trifle difficult to read, sometimes. I enjoyed reading this story. I find it to be a fantasy that leans on reality. I am thrilled that the faeries are not the standard tiny, winged creatures that are difficult to understand. Instead, most of these faeries could exist, without your knowledge. It allows a person to dream of what could be, which any good fantasy should do. If a fantasy does not allow room for the reader to dream, the reader can not become lost in the story.
I think this is a great story for the 12 and older group. It is important to provide great role models for these young people, and this book does provide that. Since it also allows the reader to become involved the fantasy, it also will provide great reading time. I think it is very difficult to provide a fantasy that will appeal not only to the younger readers, but also to the wider audience of adult readers. Maggie Stiefvater has managed that nicely.
While I am not fond of the publisher locking the fonts for an e-reader, I did not rate the book based on those fonts. This entire book uses a serif font on the Kindle. Having the ability to change fonts and the size of the text is one of the reasons I use a Kindle. I much prefer the sans font over the serif font. It is easier for me to make out the characters. Looking at the chapter headings, perhaps the publisher was trying to stay with the printed version as much as possible.
However there are two things you should know before you start reading it: 1) This was the authors first "series" and it is not actually finished. I read on her site that she got the idea for her second series and was really excited about it and started it right away. She still has ideas of where this story line is going, but she hasn't actually written it (last time I checked). So it is a very good read, but there are a few unresolved parts of the story and it may be a long wait. AND 2) The second book is actually a compilation novel. It is still a good story and I enjoyed it as well, but don't be confused or disappointed because it follows a different main character. I don't want to say more and spoil it, so I'll just leave it at that. Just a little heads up for ya!
So if you like YA fantasy love stories you will very much enjoy this book! Great characters, the plot is good and her writing style makes this book a page turner that is hard to put down!
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I love Celtic lore based faerie stories and read many. One written by Maggie Stiefvater? Too hard to pass up.Read more
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Death, danger, intrigue and a not exactly happily happily ever after with a bit of gruesome thrown in for spice.Read more