Lament by Maggie Stievfater

by Maggie Stievfater

Pages: 336
Release Date: January 3rd 2011
Publisher: Scholastic
Series: Books of Faerie
Other books in series: Ballad
Buy it: Amazon

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 . . .

My Thoughts
Deirdre Monaghan is a gifted harp player, like she is one of the best there us. Not only that shes a cloverhand- someone who can see Faeries! How cool is that? And she only discovers this when she meets the alluring Luke Dillion!

The Faeries have even noticed Diedre. (Not a big fan of her name) and so they want to cause some bad business. The Faerie Queen has sent someone to kill ...Deidre doesn't really know Luke very well so as she does she explores her feelings for him as well.

I enjoyed reading this book. I didn't think it would be very good seeing as it's a debut novel and all but what can I say? I was definitely surprised! The plot was even well paced and I was thoroughly engaged. I had a pretty hard time putting this book down, even when I really needed to! Deirdre's character is so cool. I love her and how she's the perfect female heroine.

Fey are kinda common in literature but boy did I love Stiefvater’s take! I also enjoyed the musical element that was portrayed throughout the novel, it added so much to the novel.
Ballad the sequel to Lament, will be available very soon ...I can’t wait!


  1. I look forward to read it!

  2. You're right this is an excellent book. I've got the sequel but I haven't read it yet because I found the beginning hard to get into. Have you read her other series? It's even better!

  3. I have really enjoyed all of Maggies books. She writes such vivid and emotional books. Although I did enjoy Lament I really liked Ballad better. Ballad is from James' point of view, he is such a fun, sarcistc and colorful character to read.

  4. Hmm it looks really interesting. Although I don't like the cover (too much bright red :D), I think i'll give it a chance. Nice review :).

  5. I really want to read this series. I enjoyed her other one.

    Glad you were pleasantly surprised. I guess i need to read this!

  6. I actually read this book a long time before Shiver came out and Lament is still by fave book by Maggie Stiefvater to date. I still love her Mercy Falls series, but I guess I just love this series better.

    I <3 Luke!

  7. the cover is not too attractive.. but, after read your summary, i expect to read this :)

  8. I'm not too big a fan of Stiefvater's wolf series (emo boys that act like 30 year old women aren't a turn on :P), but this looks really really good. Hope I can get my hands on this book and Ballad in the future! :)

  9. I loved this book. I got both of my cousins to read it and they loved it. And they don't like reading. It's a wonderful book. :)

  10. I have been dying to read this and just haven't gotten around to doing so. I love books about the Fae/Fey, especially if they are based on traditional fey legends. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this one.

    Donna @ The Happy Booker
    ahappybooker at gmail dot com

  11. I read this a few days ago and absolutely loved it. I was very surprised too! I was expecting a mediocre read but ended up enjoying it alot :) I like Ballad even more than Lament, though ;)

  12. I think I've heard of this one before, looks good


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