Lament by Maggie StiefvaterLament by Maggie Stiefvater


byMaggie Stiefvater

Paperback | February 1, 2012

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Maggie Stiefvater's first novel features a potent mix of dangerous faeries and uprequited love!

New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater's first novel is a powerful fantasy featuring dangerous faeries, otherwordly music and unrequited love.

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. 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. 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.

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.

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, and Forever. She is also the author of the standalone novel The Scorpio Races, as well as Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.
Title:LamentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.82 × 5.07 × 0.65 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:144311362X

ISBN - 13:9781443113625

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A quick and light read I love Maggie Stiefavter, and I picked up Lament after reading the Shiver Trilogy and the Raven Boys. While I enjoyed the story and it was an easy book to get through, it didn't grab me the ways her other books have. I thought the writing and even the character development was noticeable weaker and just not as engaging as it is in Stiefvater's other books, but given that this was her first book published, I find it really interesting to see how much she's grown as a writer since then.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMazing! The vivid characters and the whole atmosphere of the novel were so tangible. Really good book!
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I enjoyed this book, its a neat portrayal of faeries and folklore. I enjoyed the characters too and look forward to seeing how they develop in the next book in the series.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun This was a fun easy read. Enjoyable for relaxing light entertainment. You really can't go wrong with anything by Maggie Stiefvater.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Relaxing Read... As other reviewers have mentioned, when I began this book, my mind made obvious comparisons between the male main character, Luke and Twilight's Edward Cullen. However, as the story continued I found I enjoyed it more than Stephanie Meyer's series. I like the connections to folklore, and the use of the Gaelic, I wish there had been more background about those elements. But, for a quick YA read, I understand why that might not have been appropriate.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute This book wasn't overly intriguing and it didn't have passages of beautifully written descriptions or anything like that, but it was fun. It was cute. I enjoyed reading this story, and I quite like Luke. I especially liked that he always called Dee "Pretty girl". There were a few parts that didn't add up, like when certain people turned out to be evil, with no explanation as to why, or what their motive was, or their reasons behind their motive. I think it could have been a bit longer in order to elaborate on those parts. Otherwise I think those parts should have just been taken out. They weren't important to the story and just kind of made me go: "huh? what was the point of that?" It wasn't spectacular, but it was enjoyable. I might pick up the second one.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fairy Tales Aren't Always Happy Endings These books didn't catch my attention until after I had read the rest of Maggie Stiefvater works, including the Shiver trilogy and Scorpio Races, so you have to remember that this was her original series and it's hard to read her work as she has grown as an author and then turn back to the beginning and expect the same sort of writing. Maggie still produces a good book filled with characters worth rooting for and romances to make you giddy. Deirdre while incredibly gifted musically doesn't see herself as any different than the average teenage girl, she is extremely shy, and lives a normal life with her best friend James. That is until she runs into Luke, gorgeous, musically gifted and intensely mysterious. Instantly her world begins to change the edges of the world she is used to begin to fray and mysterious things start to appear- like four leaf clovers and evil freckled boys. It doesn't take long for Deirdre to figure out that she is a cloverhand, a faerie seer. Soon Deirdre is plunged into a dangerous world where the one person she is falling for is the one person she should be avoiding. Struggling with this new found world she seems to have fallen into Deirdre struggles to find balance between James and the life she had and Luke and the fantastical world of the "Good Neighbors" and all the consequences that her choice will bring. As her world spirals out of control Deirdre must quickly decide who is friend or foe and what it means to be in love.
Date published: 2012-05-20

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Scorpio Races"Stiefvater has created a thrilling backdrop ... a book with cross-appeal to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure, this has a shot at being the next YA blockbuster."- Booklist, starred reviewPraise for Shiver Trilogy"The mythology surrounding the wolf pack is clever and so well written that is seems perfectly normal for the creatures to exist in today's world. A must-have that will give Bella and Edward a run for their money."- School Library Journal, starred reviewPraise for Lament"Stiefvater brings to her story several layers of romance, a knowledge of Irish music and a talent for plot twist. She is also unafraid of taking plot developments to their logical outcomes, even when they mar the characters' happiness. Vibrant and potent."- Publishers Weekly, starred review"This beautiful and out-of-the ordinary debut novel, with its authentic depiction of Celtic Faerie lore and dangerous forbidden love in a contemporary American setting, will appeal to readers of Nancy Werlin's impossible and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series."- Booklist, starred review"Wither her lyrical writing, Maggie Stiefvater reimagines myth and legends to bring the world of faerie to our own."- Richelle Mead, New York Times bestselling author of Vampire Academy"Teens with find [Stiefvater's] mix of the mundane and the exotic compelling as is the dizzying romance between Deirdre and Luke. The first-person voice opens up Deidre's experience with an unknown magical world that is intimate and immediate." - VOYA