Saturday, 21 January 2012

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Paperback, 325 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Flux
0738713708 (ISBN13: 9780738713700)
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Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie, #1)

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 . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.
My Review
Right from the word go I found myself falling in love with this book and the depth that it seemed to carry. It was a book of imagination, creativity and imagery. A book that just seemed to spring to life as you read the words that the pages held. The author is talented and she clearly has a way of writing which attracts the readers right into the very core of the book. I found myself unable to put it down because each paghe was another seperate cliff hanger that left you wanting to know what was going to happen next. What I liked about the book was the fact that the plot was simple and yet it was presented in a way that meant there was always something there to entertain the reader and keep them wanting to hold onto the novel. I did like the image of luke that was painted in my mind but also the image of James. you just found yourself instantly falling in love with these two characters that were barely described to you and yet were painted so clearly into your mind. The whole way in fact, that the characters were presented to you was well done and well expressed. They had with them personality and edge which meant they were more than just mere words on a page, they were actually something of power and presentation.

I liked the fact though that it stuck to the facts. A lot of books that I have read about the case of fairies tends to have gone of the facts and has developed its own sort of world. But here you seemed to have it all. That not all fairies are good and that iron will protect you. It just seemed to make that book a bit more belieavble that actually you wonder, do fairies really exist in our world? The scenes that were crafted here did pop to life and when gramma died I did find a tear leaking for her because in many ways she seemed to remind me of my own grandma. A person who is stern and stubborn where they need to be, but caring and sincere when the time is right. There just seemed to be something about this character and so I was ashamed to see her die so early on in the book because I was hoping to get to know her a bit more, to know about her past and of course how that then related to her daughters.

It is obvious that there is to be another book because this one leaves you with a lot of questions to answer. It leaves you wondering, ok that ended quite easily but whats to occur now because surely the wrong person was crowned queen? I do like the way that the book leaves you with this sense of mystery because it leaves you hanging on, wanting more, needing more. there was just a lot of positives about this book and I did fall in love with it. I have to say its probably one of my best reads of the year.

didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing

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