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  • Published: Woodbury, Minn. : Flux, c2008.
  • Year Published: 2008
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: ix, 325 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780738713700 (pbk.)
  • 0738713708 (pbk.)


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Lament : the faerie queen's deception

by Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981-

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On the day of an important music competition, talented but painfully introverted and nervous Deirdre Monaghan is helped to perform by the compelling and enigmatic Luke Dillon and finds herself inexorably drawn into the mysteries and dangers of the faerie world.

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If You Liked "Twilight"....

....you'll probably like "Lament", too.

It's the first volume in a YA paranormal series that's full of romance, teen angst, evil fae, secret powers, an assassin with a heart of gold, and a lot of other common tropes. It's pretty well done, especially with the Celtic mythology used in the story. I really liked the second book in the series ("Ballad") a bit more, which takes place immediately after "Lament" and is written from the best friend's perspective.

Lament (by the author of Shiver)

Lament is the first of two books by Maggie Stiefvater that involve the world of the Fey or Faeries as They are more commonly known. I enjoyed learning about Faeries and the characters this book had to offer, especially with Stiefvater’s lyrical style of writing. Lament starts off, alternating viewpoints from Deidre Monaghan, better known in the book as Dee, and Luke Dillon, a soulless assassin who works for the Faerie Queen. Dee first meets Luke at a musical competition in which he agrees to accompany her harp with his flute. To her surprise, when she plays with Luke she is otherworldly talented. Soon after her performance she starts finding four leaf clovers everywhere, starts seeing strange looking creatures and realizes she has telekinetic abilities. In her confidence is her best friend James, a sarcastic, funny, witty guy who loves her desperately. When Dee’s grandmother sees Luke, she knows what’s happening and quickly gives Dee an iron bracelet to keep the Faeries at bay. Dee discovers that she’s in fact a “cloverhand”, one who can see Faeries and attracts them to her. (Faerie is found close the where ever the strongest cloverhand lives, the cloverhand determines its location.) To her disbelief she also learns that Luke Dillon is an assassin of cloverhands bound by the Queen who is in possession of his soul. Even though Dee knows it’s dangerous to be with Luke, she can’t make herself stay away. After a horrendous car accident, James body disappears along with Luke. In the end Dee has to make a choice between saving her best friend or the guy she loves. Even if she can reclaim Luke’s soul, will he be a whole person? Travel with Dee, James, and Luke through this enchanting novel and find out!



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