Title: Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Page Count: 325 pages
Genre: paranormal romance, urban fantasy, young adult
Copy for review compliments of the public library
50 words or less: Deirdre is a gifted musician; so's Luke, and then some. James is a musician too. What do these people have in common? They're all about to get wrapped up in Faerie craziness as Luke is charged with killing Deirdre and falls in love with her instead. That'll leave a mark.
Thankfully Reading Weekend continues to roll on, and looking to the future, Blog With Bite will be reviewing Ballad in the very near future. That was all the motivation I needed to dive into Lament and I'm really glad I did.
When I reviewed Shiver back in September I commented that the book simmers without boiling and flows without flooding, and that seems to be characteristic of the author's writing style, as those phrases can definitely be used to describe Lament as well. Deirdre is remarkably savvy when it comes to the faeries she encounters, and her objections that arise are to violence, not to the existence of what she's seeing. I found that element kept the story moving and made Deidre a good choice for a heroine.
Likewise, I found Luke's presence in the story to be believable, and watching his relationship grow slowly with Deirdre was enjoyable and sweet. I liked that the lines between good and evil were decidedly blurred and that the ending wasn't a clear cut and dried happily ever after. It makes me look forward to reading Ballad in the next few days.
I also have to say that I really enjoy that, even though things look pretty bleak for the main couple at times, nobody succumbed to what is rapidly becoming known as Edward Cullen Syndrome, where the hero (or heroine, let's be real here) runs for the hills when things start to look bad. Hubris is a story element as old as the hills, but when it's overused I find it waters down a story for me pretty quickly.
If you're looking for a quick, enjoyable story with plenty of imagery and beautiful language to wrap your mind around, Lament is an excellent choice.
Overall Grade: A
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