Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie, #1)Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Maggie Stiefvater is one talented writer. This book — quite literally — sucks you in and demands your attention, and does it so subtly that you don’t realize several hours have passed since you first picked it up…

What really cinched me into this series was Stiefvater’s attention to detail. She effortlessly re-creates the magic and danger of Celtic lore, and does it so well and so honestly, that it literally feels as real as the Irish and Scots believed it was for centuries. The other detail? Music. Not only does Stiefvater create musical characters after my own heart (Celtic musicians? Just like me? Not punk-band, rock-star wannabes??), but she obviously knows the Trad music genre/culture like it’s the back of her hand. The familiarity of her writing about the music had me eating out of the palm of her hand. There’s no faking it here, folks. This lady knows what Trad is about!

Top all that with a gripping plot, and it’s no wonder she’s made the NYT bestseller list. Stiefvater is the real. deal.

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