Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception


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.
from maggiestiefvater.com

Beth says 4 Stars...
This book was really interesting. I think that my favorite part was the writing. It was so lyrical and beautiful; at times it felt more like poetry than prose. It was mysterious and enthralling. That was what pulled me into and kept me reading the book. I also loved how the music became a major player in the story. It breathed even more life into the pages, and made the book more unique because of the type of music. The music was nothing common, no rock bands or pop princesses here. This novel dealt with the flute, harp, and the bagpipes. That's right - bagpipes. Nothing in the story was forced, but the plot tended to drag. At times I just wanted it to get a move on; the air of mystery became a little overblown and obscured an interesting plot. If a few secrets would have been revealed a little earlier the book would have been so much better. The characters were interesting, but I felt that they could have had more depth. However, I heard that a sequel is coming out, so that will offer the opportunity for the characters to develop. Overall, I enjoyed the book and am excited about the sequel!

5 comments:

a flight of minds said...

Great review! I tried reading this book only a few days ago, but couldn't get through it. I just... did think the relationship between Deirdre and Luke was forced. It just wasn't appealing to me.

But maybe I'll try to pick it up again, since you seem to like it. Thank you. :)

- Alex

Carrie said...

I just bought this the other day. Looking forward to reading it. Great review!!

Melanie said...

Is this set in current times? I'm a bit confused.

BN Book Blog said...

Melanie- It is set in current times.

Arya said...

I ordered this a few days ago and can't wait for it to get here~

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