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I really enjoyed Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls series and I recently read (and raved) about her latest novel, The Scorpio Races. So I didn't need much convincing to give Lament a try and I'm glad I did - I really enjoyed the novel!
Deirdre is an insanely gifted harp musician and performs in public regularly, despite her nerves. Before one performance, she meets Luke, a mysterious young man who helps calm her fears and performs a duet with her - winning the competition! Soon Deirdre learns she can see fairies, but Luke is a soulless fairy assassin, and despite them falling in love, he's on a mission to kill her for the Queen.
I was struck right away by the plot - as a reader I was thrown right into it rather abruptly. It seemed rather intense (and random) how Deirdre and Luke met and that intensity stayed throughout the novel with a great sense of urgency in the words Stiefvater crafted. Lament is definitely a page-turner.
This book had all the things a great YA novel has - mystery, deception, romance, and even a little love triangle. That triangle came to a head by the end of the novel, though not in the way you would expect, and that's where I found I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I knew who Deirdre loved, but that didn't mean I knew how it would end! In fact, that's pretty much how the whole novel went for me. I thought I knew how this book was going to go, but it actually turned out quite different and quite beautifully.
Four stars! I really enjoyed this take on Celtic faerie lore and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Ballad. If you're a Maggie Stiefvater fan and you haven't checked out Lament or Ballad yet, I really hope you do.