Paperback: 326 pages
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. When a mysterious boy enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of nowhere, Deirdre finds herself infatuated. Trouble is, the enigmatic and conflicted Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin—and Deirdre is meant to be his next mark. Deirdre has to decide if Luke's feelings towards her are real, or only a way to lure her deeper into the world of Faerie. (Source)
After reading halfway through ‘Ballad’ (the second book in the series) I was totally confused. I was thinking how well established the characters were and then I actually did research and figured out that ‘Lament’ was the first book. So I put aside ‘Ballad, and really started at the beginning!
After knowing a little about the relationship between James and Deirdre everything clicked into place while reading ‘Lament’. If the relationship was not utterly sweet between these two, in came the desirable Luke with his bad boy charm and rugged good looks. These qualities instantly attracted Deirdre and her life was never the same. I appreciate the care Steifvater took with the momentous turning point in all these characters lives. She really explored the depths of first love and doing anything to keep it.
Also, the character progressions within this triangle were momentous. The lives that these three thought they were leading took a total one-eighty when the dangerous life of the Fey entered the picture. Steifvater did not hold back at all when creating obstacles for these characters to overcome which molded them into well-rounded and strong characters that held their own in the epic battle to come.
Up to this point I had yet to read one of the infamous Maggie Steifvater books, but since I did, I cannot wait to read the rest. I absolutely love her characters and the situations that they confront. She has created such real and visual characters that I am blown-away with her creativity and honesty in her work.