Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Enchanting Review: Lament

YA Fantasy
ISBN# 978-0-7387-1370-0
325 pages
Trade--Available Now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Besides being a musical prodigal, sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan finds out she’s a cloverhand. She can see fairies.

Four leaf clovers start appearing everywhere. But even stranger is the mysterious hot guy Luke, who happens to join her in a rendition of “The Faerie Girl’s Lament” at one of her performances. Together the song sounds like an orchestra from ancient times.

Around Luke, Deirdre feels emotions that she’s never felt before. But not everyone is happy with Luke’s presence, including her own grandmother.

Things start happening that makes Deirdre wonder what Luke’s true purpose is. Can she trust him? And why does she feel she’s replaying a part in “The Faerie Girl’s Lament”?

This enchanting tale will take the reader on a trip where both mythology and the world of Faerie meet. Stiefvater does a great job showing us a colorful world where an ordinary albeit talented girl meets someone from the faerie world and falls for his charms.

I couldn’t put this book down! The writing is lyrical and moving.

Deirdre’s relationship with Luke is intense and powerful. Luke is a multidimensional character, with struggles of his own. The relationship with her family is interesting too. I also liked her friend James, whose own loyalty will be tested.

A must read for any fan of faerie tales. I can’t wait for the sequel Ballad, which will come out Fall 2009.

Maggie Stiefvater lives in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, and neurotic dog. Check out her website at

September 2008

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