Jun 2, 2014

Recent Reads: Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Book of Faerie #1
Publisher: Flux
Publication Date:  October 2008


Format: Paperback
Source: Bought/ Owned



Goodreads Synopsis: 
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. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.

More than a few years ago, I worked for a writing non-profit. I worked with teachers looking to teach better writing and write for themselves, and I also worked with a lot of young writers. At our young writers summer camp we had the pleasure of hosting Maggie Stiefvater to talk to them one evening  (to this day I kick myself that I did not attend) … what does this have to do with a book review? Well I have had Lament sitting on my home bookshelf since then…since about 2009… (I know I am a huge slacker). For the month of May it was the book pulled from my TBR jar, so I finally read it. I am so happy that I did.

Lament is one of Stiefvater’s earlier books, the first in a series about faeries. I love books about faeries most of the time so I was hoping to love this one as well and I definitely did. Stiefvater produced a beautifully sad love story that made me want to keep reading – and that is what I did, I read this whole book in a matter of two sittings. The characters have growth and the plot is entertaining – sometimes a little frustrating, but very good overall. Deirdre the main character begins as shy and reserved and a bit of a loner and later falls head over heels for a mysterious boy she barely knows but who gives her confidence and the lift she needed to become a stronger person. Luke is…well… a swoon-worthy character, but also very funny to read.

I really enjoyed the love story but also the other faerie elements of the book. I think the only pet peeve I have about it was the lack of freaking out. I mean if you told me faeries were trying to take me and kill me, I am pretty positive I would freak out a LOT more than Deirdre does as she learns about everything…just saying…


  1. Yeah I feel bad. I've only ever read The Scorpio Races by her.

    1. I really liked this one and I have read her Shiver trilogy which was a pretty quick read too. I just felt bad bc I have owned this one for so long and it has sat on my shelves :/

  2. Oh yes, I would kick myself too if I had missed out on meeting Maggie. She is one of my fav writers as her writing is just amazing. I hope you check out the Shiver trilogy. I need to read this book and I have a copy too so you are not alone in that.

  3. Oooh, I know of Maggie Stiefvater but I had NO freaking idea she wrote about faeries! That's amazing. Knowing her awesome writing skillz, I don't have any doubt that she produced a masterpiece :) I can't wait to read this one myself!

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

  4. I've always have wanted to read this book! It looks so good, and it's coming from Maggie Stiefvater! Awesome review!

  5. I haven't read any of her books, but I will now. This is the second review of one of her books I have come across today, and they both sound really good!