Deirdre Monaghan is sixteen. She’s shy. She’s a gifted musician. And she can see faeries.
Seeing faeries come with perks and horrors. And it also comes with an intensely good looking boy, by the name of Luke Dillon. With life so boring and slow, Dee is draw towards the adventure of Luke and all he represents.
But she’s not prepared for a century old faerie war, involving a malicious queen, impish fey, unbreakable lore, power, and the dark, cruel reality of who Luke Dillon really is.
(I also found out her name was pronounced: Steve-otter. Knowing how to pronounce it makes a difference, believe me).
My first introduction was The Scorpio Races, and I swallowed that book with a blissful gulp. Then, courtesy of Pens and Inkdrops, I found Maggie Stiefvater had written a trilogy about faeries and thyme and music. After finishing the first, Lament, I have decided that this author is a faerie writer. It’s impossible to resist the lure of her writing.
The style of Lament is beautiful, concise, emotional, with enough teen flairs to keep you down to earth (though I do worry that the book will be dated in a ten years or so, with her uses of “screw you” and “puke” and such). This is writing at a high point of fineness.
The story? Now the story leaves me floundering, wondering what I should truly rate this novel on account of the terribly-overdone-predictable-love-triangle. The cover gives the endorsement of “If you are a fan of Twilight…” I researched and Twilight came out in 2005, while Lament hit shelves in 2008. I am sure, 3 years ago, that the plot twist of “love-triangles” had an exciting lure to them. Today – it’s incredibly boring. I know what’s going to happen. I know who the gorgeous and talented protagonist girl is going to fall for. I know whose heart is going to be broken. Trouble is, Lament nails this plot with care and precision and emotional attachment. But I was still bored with the idea behind the love triangle.
So the writing kept me clutching the book and gobbling the pages – not so much the plot. But Lament (obviously, when you consider the title) involves music! I am a music lover. And I have an infatuation with Irish and Celtic tunes. Is this book my style? Absolutely! I could hear the music all through the book. Truly. Not only that, but the writing is so sensory I could hear and taste and smell everything. The five senses reigned. It makes the novel unforgettable.
Of course, having a love triangle, (and be careful, this may come as a shock) there is a lot of romance. I’m not a huge fan of romance, but I survived, bravely. There are no sex scenes, but the characters become quite involved with each other as the book progresses. It is so heart wrenching, I suppose, to be sixteen and irrefutably in love with a being who isn’t even human, so you cannot imagine life without them.
And the faeries! I can’t forget the faeries. Before I read Lament, if you’d asked me if I like novels about faeries, I would have said, “Are you kidding?!” But no! I love faeries. They are inspirational and intriguing and oh-so-dangerous. Like mermaids. But there are no mermaids in Maggie Stiefvater’s writing, only Water Horses (in The Scorpio Races). I digress. Coupled with the binding lure of music, faeries are most interesting to read about.
With flawless writing, powerful details, legends and myths, and the wonder of music, humour, and ingenious characters, Lament is a novel I will undoubtedly lay on my favourites list. It’s just a pity the plot is so predictable.