Books Review

Review: Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

July 17, 2010

It was long overdue, but I finally read Lament by the lovely Maggie Stiefvater. Having never really been interested in the faerie genre, Lament and Ballad never really leapt at me screaming, “Read me!”. But I did happen to own a copy of Ballad. I started it, but quickly put it down. It wasn’t the whole faerie thing that made me stop reading, it was the feeling that I needed to read Lament first. So, the next day I went to Schuler Books and purchased a copy.

Being in love with Maggie Stiefvater’s writing, I should have read Lament sooner. Her writing is just as poetic, fluid, and magical as it is in Shiver and Linger. The imagery is beautiful and not over done. Once again, I lost myself in the story and, thanks to the writing, it came alive in my mind.

In addition to crafting beautiful images, Ms. Stiefvater possesses the ability to create amazing characters. Deirdre has a strong, funny, and youthful voice and I loved experiencing the story through her eyes. The other characters in the novel are great as well and I really enjoyed Luke and Sara. Luke is mysterious and charming, everything that’s necessary to make a strong love interest. At first, I didn’t know what to make of his character, but as his intentions became clear, my fears were calmed. I really liked James, too, so I’m glad he gets his own story in Ballad. He gives Deirdre nothing but his full support, even when presented with unbelievable things.

The only thing in Lament that bothered me was Deirdre’s parents. Similar to Grace’s in Shiver, Deirdre’s parents didn’t play a significant role in the story and I wished their involvment had been expanded. I did like how Deirdre’s aunt fit into the story and I hope to see how her character unfolds in Ballad, if she does at all.

Overall, I’m really glad that I read Lament and I can’t believe it took me this long to do so. I found the faerie aspect of the story enjoyable and Maggie Stiefvater makes the faeries creepy, magical, and almost likeable. Just in case there’s still some readers out there haven’t read Lament yet, I’d like to urge them all not to put it off and pick up a copy as soon as they can. Maggie Stiefvater gives readers a mysterious, humorous, dramatic, and magical story filled with loveable characters and a plot that moves quickly and leaves readers wanting more. I can’t wait to read Ballad now and spend a little more time with the homicidal faeries.

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(cover image taken from Barnes and Nobles’ website)
  • Reply
    July 17, 2010 at 5:38 am

    i haven’t heard as much about lament as i have about shiver (obviously, everyone’s heard of shiver) but it does sound really good. like you i’m not really into the faerie genre, but i’m looking to expand my horizons and i just might start with this book!

    thanks for the review 🙂

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    shield maiden
    July 19, 2010 at 3:29 am

    I’ve heard of Lament but have yet to read a book by Maggie Stiefvater (although I’ve only heard awesome things about her)! I’m glad that this was good read. It definitely is one that I will make sure to pick up when I get the chance :)!

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    Tara SG (25 Hour Books)
    July 19, 2010 at 4:19 am

    I’m a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series and own Lament, but haven’t read it. I think I was afraid that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations for the author… Now I think I can safely move it up in my TBR list. Thanks for the great review!!

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