Book Review: Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by: Maggie Stiefvater

Summary: 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 . . . 

I only grabbed this book so I could read the second book in this series for The Blog With Bite review that is due in a couple of weeks. I started to read it and in an instant I was hooked. I love a good faerie tale, especially one that has been thoroughly researched and even contains some new bits of faerie lore that I didn't know. The plot moved along at a pretty good pace, I was very happy with that, it was pretty amazing how some enemies turned friends and some friends turned enemy. I loved the main characters, especially together, they have the intensity, the forbidden longing that Edward and Bella possess times a thousand. I wish the more decent faerie could have taken Deirdre as well...*sigh* but I am not the author, so I don't get to make those choices. The ending plot twist was a pleasant surprise, it was enough of one that I didn't even see it coming, which is unusual for me, cause I am good at guessing and picking up the foreshadowing. I loved this book and am about to jump right into the second. One thing I did think that was a bit odd and different was that the faerie believed in God and Hell...usually with faerie tales faerie don't have beliefs like that or they have some form of the Old Gods.

For more information or for purchasing visit Maggie Stiefvater's webpage.

I give this book 5/5 stars. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★



  1. I have scene this book around the blogs and after your review, I am putting it on my wish list.

  2. I'll be honest, a favorable comparison with Twilight doesn't make the book look very good to me. If they're like Edward and Bella, that makes me think the characters are going to be shallow and embroiled in an angsty abusive relationship.

    Apart from the Twilight reference, though, the book does look like it might have some potential. It's been a while since I read a good fantasy novel.

  3. I might now change my wording...I meant was the intensity between the characters, not the actual characters characteristics. The sexual tension that is a tangible thing, something than can be touched between Edward and Bella. Its like between Deirdre and Luke, that times a thousand.

  4. yep, sounds like one for my wishlist too!

  5. I love books that teach you something, even if that something is just lore.
    Interesting, the faeried believing in god and hell. I'm very intrigued as to how that would play into the book.

  6. This book has been on my wish list for I am even more excited about it! Thanks for the review!


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