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. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind . . .
Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey
Deidre was one of those characters I really wanted to like. In the beginning, she was an entertaining character. She’s an amazing musician but she has stage fright. She wants to be looked at as more than just her musical talent. She’s usually quiet but she’s clever and observant. Deidre’s character grows as the book goes on. Instead of being the quiet girl who just goes with what someone says she becomes more talkative and speaks her mind. One thing that was a little annoying about Deidre was that she doesn’t listen to her brain. There will be times when she’s with Luke and things seems a little fast paced and strange but she ignores everything and still gets with him. Overall, I think I would have liked Deidre better if she was smarter about the scenarios she put in.
Luke, is one big mystery. He’s charming, sometimes arrogant however he has a secret. When I first found out his secret I kind of hated him and thought he was creepy but as the book goes on I pitied Luke. He went through so much and his past clearly has an effect on the way he is now. I had mixed feelings about Luke, I liked him but there were lots of times when I didn’t.
James was probably one of my favorite characters. He didn’t care about what other people think of him and he just wanted to live his life happily. James is Deidre best friend and he clearly cares about her. Later on, he begins to develop a power which isn’t talked about as much in the book then I thought it would be.
The plot revolved around Deidre and the strange things happening to her and her relationship with Luke. I feel like there were a lot of strange scenes that happened that Deidre didn’t find that strange. Take the first chapter for example. Deidre meets Luke when she’s in the bathroom throwing up and he’s holding her hair up before she’s about to perform on stage. Then they start talking and Luke ask her if they want to change their solos to a duet, so Deidre goes to go change it but apparently Luke already did it before he even asked. Towards the end, Deidre goes to her high school at night and coincidently all the faeries are there. There were scenes where things felt strained and planned not natural.
The love triangle wasn’t actually a love triangle because Deidre didn’t really give James a chance. Deidre at first didn’t want to start off so fast with Luke and she even told him that but it only lasted a page. Everything moved so quickly in their relationship to the point where Luke tells her he loves her after they’ve known each other for maybe a week.
Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5. I really wanted to like Deidre but she wasn’t my favorite. The plot felt messy at some points and the character weren’t all I expected them to be. I would have proffered if Deidre gave James more of a chance because I really liked James. Sadly, this book will not win the rose. You’ve just been reviewed.