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Stiefvater, Maggie. Lament; the faerie queen's deception.

STIEFVATER, Maggie. Lament; the faerie queen's deception. Llewellyn, Flux. 330p. illus, c2008. 978-0-7387-1370-0. $9.95. SA*

Deirdre Monaghan had never played her harp as well as she does on the day she meets Luke Dillon--usually her playing came to a screeching halt when she was put in front of a crowd. Of course, before she met Luke, Deirdre also never found four-leaf clovers mysteriously left in her instrument case, on her nightstand, even in the tip jar at work. When she is attacked in the woods by an otherworldly creature--following a week of strange encounters--Deirdre finally learns the truth: the Monaghan women always have been tormented by Faeries, and Luke is forced to serve Them. Now, Deirdre must decide whether to risk her own life to free Luke, or to say goodbye to the boy she loves. Luke and Deirdre share an electric chemistry, and Stiefvater uses this energy to guide the reader through complex Celtic mythology. Purists will not be disappointed by classic depictions of the Daoine Sidhe and other legends, but neither is this book limited to those with prior knowledge of the Faire Folk. Part adventure, part fantasy, and wholly riveting love story, Lament will delight nearly all audiences with its skillful blend of magic and ordinary life. Cara Chancellor, Hollywood, FL

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Author:Chancellor, Cara
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Date:Nov 1, 2008
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