Post number fifteen is for Maggie Stiefvater’s Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception, which is another book I chose for my Book Talk Presentation for my YA Lit course. This book had a sense of foreboding throughout it, and yet I couldn’t stop reading: “a compelling page-turner” would be a good description. I’m going to put my Book Talk below, and also some final thoughts that are indeed fairly big spoilers.
My Book Talk: Deirdre Monaghan is a sixteen-year-old musical prodigy, who has always thought of herself as invisible except when she’s playing her harp. When she meets mysterious and eerily-beautiful Luke Dillon at a music competition, however, things take a sudden change; suddenly she can move objects with her mind, and four leaf clovers are appearing everywhere she goes. And while she finds herself completely infatuated with Luke and wanting to spend every minute with him, she can’t help but feel that his secret-keeping covers up a more sinister reason for his attention. In Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception, Deirdre quickly learns that she isn’t so invisible after all, especially not when it’s the Faerie Queen that’s looking for her.
My thoughts: Luke is a gallowglass, a human whose soul has been stolen away by the Faerie Queen. In order to keep himself from going to Hell (or rather, his soul), he must do her biding, which includes killing those that threaten her. And Deirdre DEFINITELY threatens her. However, Luke can’t do it – here’s where the love story and romance of this novel come in – because he loves her, which is the one thing he’s refused the Queen from the beginning. I sort of wondered if this story could possibly have a happy ending, in the “they lived happily ever after” way, and the answer is no, it can’t. In order to save Luke and give him back his soul, Dee convinces the Daoine Sidhe to let Luke become one of them, thereby ensuring he doesn’t die, but also ensuring that they can never be together, because even though Dee can see faeries, Luke can’t live in the mortal world. The Daoine Sidhe are the weakest of the faeries, for though they refuse to swear allegiance to the Queen, they cannot appear in the mortal world without an enormous amount of energy, or when the solstice rolls around. So this was basically a story that got me all caught up in the relationship between Dee and Luke, made me love them and want them to be together forever, and then dashed my hopes upon the rocks mercilessly. :)) But the description and the story itself – and yes, even the ill-fated romance – were so well-written, so vivid, that I couldn’t stop reading even when it sort of became obvious that the love story was doomed.
This book reminded me of Tithe by Holly Black a bit, in that this was the first story of the several I’ve read that paid a lot of attention to the idea of faeries not wanting anyone to know their real names, because of the amount of power the person would hold over them. This is used in Tithe by Kaye when she calls out Roiben’s full name, and it’s used several times here as well. No one can remember Luke’s name except for Dee, and Dee ends up using the Queen’s name against her to help save Luke’s life. There are some other similarities between the two books as well, but the name thing was what really caught my attention.
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