From the author of the New York Times best-selling book Shiver
"Vibrant and potent, YA readers searching for faerie stories will be happy to find this accomplished debut novel."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This beautiful and out-of-the-ordinary debut novel, with its authentic depiction of Celtic Faerie lore and dangerous forbidden love in a contemporary American setting, will appeal to readers of Nancy Werlin's Impossible and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series."-Booklist (starred review)
"Part adventure, part fantasy, and wholly riveting love story, Lament will delight nearly all audiences with its skilful blend of magic and ordinary life."--KLIATT (starred review)
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.
About the Author
Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have revolved around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pyjamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical writer (all of which she's tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists (she's made her living as one or the other since she was twenty-two). Maggie now lives a surprisingly eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, and neurotic dog.
"Stiefvater brings to her story several layers of romance, a knowledge
of Irish music and a talent for plot twist. She is also unafraid of
taking plot developments to their logical outcomes, even when they mar
the characters' happiness. Vibrant and potent."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Part adventure, part fantasy, and wholly riveting love story, Lament will delight nearly all audiences with its skillful blend of magic and ordinary life."
—KLIATT, starred review
"With her lyrical writing, Maggie Stiefvater reimagines myth and legends to bring the world of faerie to our own."
—Richelle Mead, New York Times bestselling author of Vampire Academy
"Chock-full of the fierce and the fey, Maggie Stiefvater's Lament is musical, magical, and practically radiating romance. A blood-fresh reinvention of old traditions, perfect for engaging sharp minds and poetic hearts."
—Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize & Eternal
"Eerie fae, humans who have been trapped for centuries, and a modern singer/ harpist pulled between friendship, the lover of her dreams, and family. This book is haunting and irresistible."
—Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of Terrier & Trickster's Queen
"Stiefvater is a gifted author who weaves a dangerous world and sensual characters with ease, and balances the entire package with a wonderfully wry sense of humor."
—Saundra Mitchell, author of Shadowed Summer
"Teens will love this thrilling modern twist on fairy folklore. The main characters are real and compelling folks you wish you could meet."
—Tiffany Trent, author of the Hallowmere series
"Lament is a gorgeous, gripping tale highly reminiscent of Emma Bull, Holly Black, or Charles de Lint, full of magic, music, mystery and romance. With richly developed characters and an excellent take on the Fae, it makes for great reading. I absolutely loved this book."
—Realms of Fantasy
"Teens with find [Stiefvater's] mix of the mundane and the exotic compelling as is the dizzying romance between Deirdre and Luke. The first-person voice opens up Deirdre's experience with an unknown magical world that is intimate and immediate."
"Maggie Stiefvater, with her ability to create not only a gripping romance, but also a shadowy & puzzling mystery at the same time, is most definitely an author to watch."
—The Compulsive Reader
"Deirdre's relationship with Luke is intense & powerful . . . A must read for any fan of faerie tales. I can't wait for the sequel Ballad, which will come out in Fall 2009."
"The heroine, Deirdre, is one of Lament's treasures... Her romance with Luke, a boy with faerie connections and a dark past, is pitch-perfect, combining the highs and lows of ordinary teenage relationship with the perils specific to Deirdre & Luke's situation."
"I absolutely LOVED this novel!"
"Reading Dee's journey was more like watching a movie and Stiefvater masterfully navigates the English language, bringing her characters to life with colour and a three-dimensional aspect that is so often missing from young adult novels."
"Lament has a little bit of everything: suspense, romance, intrigue, and action... Watch out Melissa Marr and Holly Black, there is a new Faerie Queen in town!"
—The Story Siren
"[Deirdre's] love for Luke, strange and beautiful (and dangerous?), her growing awareness of her own fey powers, and her realization that she has become involved in a life or death struggle against inhuman beings make for a gripping read."
"Lament is dark but witty, with flashes of both poetry and humor . . . Lament offers a compelling and beautifully written glimpse at a hidden world, nearby but usually unseen."
—Jen Robinson's Book Page
"Lament's true strength lies in Stiefvater's characterisations. Deirdre has a wonderfully authentic teen voice, Luke... is tortured by not whiny, and James... is wise-cracking and kind-hearted."
—Les Bonnes Fees
"Brimming with doomed love, oh-so dangerous faeries, and music oozing out of every pore, [Lament] is simply wonderful."
—The Book Bind
"Maggie Stiefvater has hit a home run with her first novel... I highly recommend this book to those who like a bit of magic, a bit of romance, a bit of creepiness, and those who love good writing. It's one of my favorite reads of the year."
—The Well-Read Child
"Stiefvater plays the classic set-up of a talented human who catches the attention of Faerie masterfully. Without ever losing that mood she still delivers an utterly teenage romance."
—In Bed With Books
"Maggie Stiefvater's first young adult novel, Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, is a great read. Stiefvater's characters are complex and intriguing."
—Library Girl Reads
"In Lament, Maggie Stiefvater artfully weaves together a heady mix of music, humor, exhilaration, and desperate longing."
"Lament pulled me along smoothly from performance to danger to romance to resolution, and made short, enjoyable work of a five hour train ride."
—Cabinet des Fees
"I just finished an advance copy of LAMENT: THE FAERIE QUEEN'S DECEPTION by debut author Maggie Stiefvater, which is smart, musical, romantic, and reinvents the faerie tradition." -- Cynthia Leitich Smith "Author of TANTALIZE"
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 14+ years old
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st January 2011
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.258