Lament Book Review
The fairy queens deception
YA Romantic Fantasy
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. 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 soulless 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.
Exploring Maggie Stiefvaters world of lament was both fun and interesting for as far as books on faeries go, this one was quite exceptional. It depicts the fae beautifully, making them playful yet deadly and sinister creatures which I really liked as it keeps to the truth of the old-world fairytales in which the green folk were wicked and tricksy.
Also Stiefvater has a way of bringing the characters to life that makes you really feel for all their hurts and downfalls, particularly those of the main character Deirdre who’s every choice impacts upon the lives of those nearest and dearest to her heart, sometimes with devastating consequences.
Full off the traditional themes of first love and self-discovery, Lament also explores the importance of friendship and the bitter taste of betrayal. All wrapped up in a 325 Page novel it was a really good read that I would recommend to any lover of the supernatural. Also while it can easily be read as a standalone book I’m looking forward to its sequel ‘ballad’ and am interested to see how the characters will progress in this next instalment.