Sunday, August 21, 2011
I realized with my last post about Stiefvater's newest novel that I had not taken the opportunity to write about one of her earlier published works-Lament. While I did not enjoy this book, or its sequel Ballad as much as The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, they were still good book choices.
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.
I enjoyed this book, and found glimpses of Stiefvater's writing-style from The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I liked James the best of all the characters. Parts of him-the goofiness and loyalty- reminded me of my favorite Harry Potter character, Ron Weasley. This is a great few books if you are looking for something with Celtic lore-faeries and romance.