Books of Faerie, book 1; published in 2008; 325 pages. ★★★☆☆
“You have to trust yourself. You don’t need someone else to tell you what to do.”
Maybe I did. Maybe I wasn’t ready for the independence I’d wanted so badly.
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 . . .
This year, Maggie Stiefvater published The Raven King, the fourth and final book in her Raven Cycle series. It was spectacular, and I was left with the sense that in the Raven Cycle, Stiefvater had really come into her own. That made me wonder, because I remembered being dazzled by her debut, Lament – just how much has changed about her writing in the last eight years?
The answer is: not the core, but quite a lot.