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Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Gathering of Faerie) [Kindle Edition]

Maggie Stiefvater
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"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"

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Starred Review"Vibrant and potent, YA readers searching for faerie stories will be happy to find this accomplished debut novel."
Publishers Weekly
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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."
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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)

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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2120 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Flux; 1 edition (8 Oct 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738713708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738713700
  • ASIN: B002WGJX2G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maggie Stiefvater is a young writer, artist, and musician. She is the author of the Books of Faerie, the New York Times bestselling Shiver trilogy and the new standalone novel, The Scorpio Races. She lives in rural Virginia with her husband and their two young children. Maggie says her greatest literary influences for the Shiver trilogy were Crow Lake and The Time Traveler's Wife "because they tell quiet, bittersweet love stories."

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 26 Jan 2011
By Emjay
"Lament" is a story about a girl called Dee, who, on her sixteenth birthday begins to notice strange things happening in her once normal world. It all starts when she meets a boy called Luke, who she is immediately drawn to, despite his secret intent to kill her.
As the plot continues she realises she is a 'cloverhand', someone who can see faeries, and these faeries aren't the cute fluttery kind who spread love and joy. They're dangerous, and Dee is unfortunate to realise just how deadly they really are.

I really enjoyed this book, I loved it so much I simply could not put it down. I love how Maggie can wrap romance, mystery and danger and come up with the perfect story. I think the characters are very likable, and the plot is as engaging as the faeries are scary. Overall just a fantastic read, right to the ending, which I must say is very sad, yet satisfying. I think that readers who loved "Shiver" and "Linger" should definately read this, and if you haven't read any of Maggie's books then all I have to say is... GO BUY ONE!!

I look forward to her next book "Forever", and any other future books she will brighten my world with!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Midsummer Nightmare. 3 Jan 2010
Of the many books about the Fey, Faerie, Sidhe I have read over the years, this has to be up there at the top of my list. The author has researched her material very well indeed which always pleases me as sometimes Celtic mythology gets lost in translation.

To the plot...........Deidre Monaghan is a gifted Harpist and about to enter a prestigious music festival, with her and also performing on the pipes, is her friend James. True to form, before every performance, Deidre's nerves get the better of her and she has to rush to the ladies to throw up. Whilst she is struggling to keep her hair out of her vomit, a hand suddenly appears and holds it back from her face. She has just met Luke Dillon!

They talk for a while and Deirdre who is somewhat of a loner inexplicably finds herself becoming infatuated with this strange boy. He calms her nerves and together they play a duet which transcends anything ever heard by the judges. Oddly though, she keeps finding clover leaves everywhere.........

As Luke comes into her life more and more so do the clover leaves which for some reason frighten or worry Luke. There are dark forces at work and is Luke really who or what he appears to be? Deidre's Grandmother can most certainly see that something is not right and attempts to help her. Will she listen though?

This is a dark, brooding novel full of the cruelties and capricious ways of the Sidhe or Faerie Folk and gradually Deidre and James are drawn into it.

The climax of the book is truly stupendous and not one that I had envisaged but thoroughly enjoyable all the same.

So, if you are like Deidre, a Cloverhand, someone who can see Faeries, beware..........they are not the chubby, angelic little creatures with pretty wings who flit around flowers............they are cruel assassins and care not much for humankind or even their own.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "your beauty will haunt me wherever I go" 25 Nov 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Being a lover of fairytales and anything with a hint of magic, LAMENT sounded like the perfect book for me. But, rather than being yet another book about humans and the fey clashing, LAMENT also offers an original take on the genre.

The story is about Deirdre, a sixteen year old who has an amazing musical talent. Her everyday life changes forever when, just before a musical competition, a mysterious man called Luke Dillon comes into her life as if from nowhere.
Instantly she is attracted to him. And he seems to be attracted to her. But as she gets caught up in the whirlwind romance, she soon realises that she cannot deny that there is something strange about Luke, something almost otherworldly.
Even her everyday life seems to be getting stranger, as four-leaf clovers continually turn up wherever she is. And her grandmother gives her an ugly iron ring, whilst insisting that she wear it.
Things begin falling into place when Deirdre discovers that she is a cloverhand - someone who can see faeries. And Luke, her new romance, is a gallowglass; a soulless faerie assassin. On a mission from the Faerie Queen, it seems that his interest in Deirdre may be more sinister than love.

That is a brief synopsis. While there are echoes of other books - WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr is one and even the TWILIGHT saga by Stephenie Meyer is another, because of the doomed romance, LAMENT manages to hold its own and create another original voice within the genre. Stiefvater is a very talented writer. There are moments of pure beauty within this novel and the way that she uses music as a backdrop adds yet another element to the story as a whole. There are enough darker moments to make the story interesting, but there are also lighter moments to lift the mood.
So, why only 4 stars?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Books of Faerie 1 17 Nov 2011
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I'm going to start this review by saying that I don't have the best track record when it comes to books about faeries so I wasn't sure if I should read Lament or not. Having said that I am also a massive fan of Maggie Stiefvater, I love her Wolves of Mercy Falls series and I also really enjoyed her recent stand alone book The Scorpio Races. If anyone could convince me I like faeries then I was pretty sure it would be Maggie!

As I expected Lament is beautifully written, I don't think this author will ever write a book that isn't full of wonderful descriptions that transport you to the worlds she has created. I also enjoyed the mythology of her faeries more than I thought I would, these faeries are vicious, cunning and manipulative and staying one step ahead of them isn't going to be easy for our main character Dee. Unfortunately I didn't love the book as much as I've loved Maggie's later releases though. It's by no means a bad book but it didn't capture me the way her others have so although I will still read the sequel Ballad I won't be in a rush to do so.

Dee is a talented musician but she suffers from terrible stage fright whenever she has to perform in front of an audience. I found it easy to relate to her nervousness and I loved how her friend James was so supportive of her. What I didn't like was the romance between her and the mysterious Luke. Even when she finds out that Luke is an assassin who has killed countless victims and that she is his latest target she brushes it under the carpet because she is attracted to him. I wanted her to find out more about why he had done the things he had done before she even considered dating him but that just didn't happen.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful.
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Published 4 months ago by Key.
5.0 out of 5 stars thrilling
Great read, interesting story. Kept teenager engaged for a few hours. Will be picking up further books by this author in the future.
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1.0 out of 5 stars put simply- very badly written
As a big fan of Stiefvater's 'shiver' series I was really looking forward to reading this book. The idea seemed different and intriguing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by drawingmad
3.0 out of 5 stars Unveiling a world of Fey
Although Lament weaves its story around the impossible love affair between sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan and a young man with one foot in the faery world, the real heart of the... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best...
When I was reading this, there was something I found odd. When Deidre finds out that she can move objects she is totally fine with it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ms T. Donnelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book.
Lament is a very special book, and is very different to other fantasy books that if have read. The book takes the common fairytale term 'fairy' and turns it on it's head, producing... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Charlotte Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars annoying, confusing, too many questions raised.
honestly could not finish this book. there was no story, it jumped from deidre meeting luke on page one, to her being in a relationship with him. no questions, no answers. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Davi
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I recently reviewed Raven Boys for Amazon vine, the first book in Stiefvater's new fantasy fiction series. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite for me!
I am a huge fam of fiction and I read Lament and Ballad a while ago now. I am normally obsessed with any new story that I havw the chance to read. Read more
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The cover of the book was what caught my attention. I liked the bird flying out of the cage.

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