So I love books. [This is where everyone reading says “DUH”]
And while I haven’t found the next book to captivate me, the last two books I read took me about three days, but stuck with me for the next few weeks. This is great, because for a few weeks, I get to live in another world. Unfortunately, after the book fades in my mind a little, I may or may not get depressed because I’m not living in a fictional world. And how do I cure this? With another good book! (Don’t tell me I have a Problem.)
Anyway, I present to you, my latest obsession: The Books of Faerie Series
Lament is about sixteen year-old Dierdre, an excruciatingly introverted musical prodigy. At a music competition, she meets Luke Dillon, a boy just as mysterious as he appears. As Dierdre spends more time with Luke, she discovers things about herself no one would ever believe. Luke has his own secrets too; of a dark world of faeries and these secrets will put the lives of Dierdre and everyone she cares about at risk.
…And that’s all I will say. I read the book only having a vague notion of what it was about, and it is an experience I would highly recommend. I read descriptions of the books after I had finished both and was very glad I hadn’t read the blurbs before I started the series. The descriptions give away information I, personally, would have left for the reader to discover on their own. So if you get to the end of this post and want to get these books DON’T READ ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT THEM.
Lament is a very captivating book. The world in which the story exists is very complex and the relationship between the humans and the Fey is very clever. Dierdre is a very strong, likeable character and everything that happens or that she does is very believable. The supporting characters, as well, are well-rounded, without needing pages of backstory. The plot moves at a really good pace, and everything is so well plotted and described in such detail, with such vivid language, that it’s almost impossible not to imagine yourself in the story.
Something that really appealed to me was the depiction of the Fey. They are the dark and cruel Faeries as opposed to the light Fairies that are prone to flitting. In this series the Fey enjoy taunting and playing with humans, much like cats enjoy playing with mice, and it gave a fantasy story a really nice dark edge.
Ballad takes place a few months after Lament, but instead of being from the perspective of Dierdre, it’s narrated by her best friend James. And another… *Ahem* girl… named Nuala. I was dubious at first; as a general rule, I vehemently dislike it when narrators change throughout the series (I’m looking at you, Narnia), however, Ballad pulls it off, and it’s really good. More depth is brought to James, and he really evolves as a character. What’s also interesting is to see how Dierdre changes even though she isn’t the focus of the book. (No spoilers, I promise.) The style, quality and humour is consistent with the first book and is just overall amazing.
I’m only a little bit obsessed.