Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception

Title: Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception

Author: Maggie Stiefvater (Illustrations by Julia Jeffrey)

Publisher: Flux

Copyright Date: 2008

Print Date: October 2008

ISBN: 9780738713700

Pages: 325

Series: 1st of the Books of Faerie

Book Description (from first page):

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand — one who can see faeries.

Unexpectedly, Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass — a soulless faerie assassin — and his interest in her might be something darker than summer romance. An sinister faerie named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. They both carry the same assignment from the Faerie Queen, one that forces Dee right into the midst of Faerie. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend.

Deirdre had been wishing her summer weren't so dull, but taking on a centuries-old Faerie Queen isn't exactly what she had in mind.


It seems Maggie Stiefvater is into writing her own music. She did so for the shiver trailer, and she has written some songs for this book as well. If you're interested, you can find and listen (free) here (scroll past the book description info).


It seems every Faerie book (and can't someone decide on one spelling? How'm I supposed to tag reviews when each one has it's own spelling?) I read is creepy dark. That being said, I was drawn into this story just as I was shiver — though the feel is definitely different — this is darker and more haunting.

The book is divided into parts, and each part has a black and white one page illustration that helps portray the mood and emphasize the story.

Regarding the characters, Deirdre/Dee is likeable, as is Luke (despite his past). James is cool in that he doesn't have any drawn out "you're crazy" hesistations when Dee tells him what's going on. The family is a mixed bunch...full of secrets, some likeable (in that you know they care about Dee), and others most definitely not likeable. The faeries are not to be trusted, and most certainly self-interested, but not all bad (some are, of course).

And as for the ending... In the short-term it's satisfying but in the long-term (In a "How will things work out beyond the night?" way) — I need to read the next book, Ballad.

Ballad has been published; I've requested it through the local library. I'm the only one in line, but since it's newly acquired, I don't when they'll actually have it available. Hopefully soon. I want my questions answered.


  1. This looks like a book I would really enjoy. I loved Wings by Aprilynne Pike, who also spells it faerie. I was happy to read something without Vampire in it when I picked it up. If you haven't read it I think you will enjoy it too. I am going to put Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception on my must read list. Thanks for sharing

  2. Wings is one of the 7 YA books I have waiting to be picked up at the local library. I can definitely put it as my 1st-to-be-read. And I hope you enjoy Lament whenever you get a chance to read it.

  3. And so you have read Lament. I agree it was a good book, but the read also wonders we'll what happens next. Sorry Ballad won't really answer those questions. Since it follows James so closely but not really Dee.

  4. I'm sorry to hear Ballad won't have any answers for me. =/ I finally have it checked out, though, and am still looking forward to reading it...

  5. Looking forward to hearing what you think of it when you do...

    From your blog, it looks like a lot of your planning on, hoping for, stuck in transit books match with books I plan to read or have read. Seems this is only one of them. =)


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