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

February 17, 2016 All Reviews, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, YA 2 ★★★½

Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (review)Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Books of Faerie #1
Published by Flux on October 8th 2008
Number of Pages: 325
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban, Young Adult
Source: Library
Format: eBook
Purchase: At 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 . . .

So I picked up this book at the library, because Cait is always going on and on about how wonderful the author is. I love fae books, so thought I’d give this one a try as my first introduction to the author. It was not-so-surprisingly good!

I loved all the fae lore and mythology that popped up in the book. Everything from four leaf clovers helping you to see the fae, to Thomas the Rhymer.

From the synopsis, it makes it sound like there are two bad fae out to kill Deirdre. But it doesn’t actually unfold that way. I really liked Luke. He was funny and mysterious. You could see he was trying to help Deirdre figure things out, without going against the geias he was under. He was conflicted, but also firm in his decisions. I also liked Deirdre. Her actions made a lot of sense in the context of the story, and were believable for a girl her age.

The ending was both sweet and sad, you saw some of it coming, but that didn’t make it any less sad once it was over. I wished there was a little more to it, but I always wish for more when I really like the book.

My main issue was some of the things left totally unresolved. What happens with Deirdre’s Aunt? Is Deirdre actually able to go home? How do they explain finding James completely unhurt?


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2 Responses to “Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (review)”

    • SilvaraWilde

      I admit, not everything she does falls into the ‘sensible’ area. But considering she’d just been dumped into a world of Faerie and magic, a lot of her actions made sense to me. Like, I’ve seen reviews where they think she’s stupid for trusting this boy who was sent to kill her. But he never actually hurt her, and was trying to protect her. So trusting him worked for me. Especially since she didn’t know at first he was supposed to kill her.

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