Monday, October 27, 2008
LAMENT by Maggie Stiefvater
By Maggie Stiefvater
Published by: Flux Books
Okay, to be honest, when I first read it was a story of homicidal faeries, I wondered . . . how scary can little leprechaun-like lads and lassies really be?
But don’t let my foolish folly ruin this story for you, because I was way off course. This isn’t your typical kid’s fairytale that takes you on a journey to another world. Lament takes place in our world with modern-day settings. And, this story is filled with romance, suspense, and mystery, with just a slight touch of magic. And, if that’s not enough reason to read Maggie Stiefvater’s debut novel, let me give you three more reasons:
1) She’s an amazing storyteller;
2) The book is full of music and mayhem; and best of all
3) Did I mention the romance???
I like stories that are dark and sinister but realistic too. It has to seem possible and believable no matter what the characters may be. I grew up reading Poe and King and, as far as I’m concerned, Maggie is following in these giant’s footsteps. She makes the impossible . . . possible and the Celtic folklore read like legacies more than legends.
I loved the Twilight series and Maggie has managed to commingle her story and love-triangle in much the same way as Stephanie Meyer wrote of Bella, Jacob and Edward.
Maggie has taken Deirdre, Luke and James and woven the same type of wicked web we readers are looking (and hoping) to get snared into.
And I hadn’t even thought about it until now but my sons are Jacob and Luke – but that is only a little bit of the reason I liked these two characters so much. In Twilight, Jacob was the good guy. In Lament, you’ll have to read the story to figure out whether Luke is the good guy or . . . not.
You will have to decide if you are Team Luke or Team James, this time. And, I can assure you, it won’t be any easier.
Deirdre starts the story with kategelophobia, yeah. . . you’ll have to look that one up . . . or read the story to figure it out. But in the end, . . . or wait you’re going to have to read the story. I don’t want to give any spoilers but let me tell you, if you’ve been watching True Blood on HBO, or recently finished the Twilight series, Lament should be the next thing on your list.