Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443113625 Paperback
368 Pages | 5.07" x 7.82" | Ages 12 & Up
New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater's first novel is a powerful fantasy featuring dangerous faeries, otherwordly music and unrequited love.
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. When a mysterious boy enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of nowhere, Deirdre finds herself infatuated. Trouble is, the enigmatic and conflicted Luke turns out to be a gallowglass - a soulless faerie assassin - and Deirdre is meant to be his next mark. 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. Deirdre has to decide if Luke's feelings towards her are real, or only a way to lure her deeper into the world of Faerie.
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.
Raves & reviews:
Praise for The Scorpio Races
"Stiefvater has created a thrilling backdrop ... a book with cross-appeal to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure, this has a shot at being the next YA blockbuster."
- Booklist, starred review
Praise for Shiver Trilogy
"The mythology surrounding the wolf pack is clever and so well written that is seems perfectly normal for the creatures to exist in today's world. A must-have that will give Bella and Edward a run for their money."
- School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for Lament
"Stiefvater brings to her story several layers of romance, a knowledge of Irish music and a talent for plot twist. She is also unafraid of taking plot developments to their logical outcomes, even when they mar the characters' happiness. Vibrant and potent."
- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This beautiful and out-of-the ordinary debut novel, with its authentic depiction of Celtic Faerie lore and dangerous forbidden love in a contemporary American setting, will appeal to readers of Nancy Werlin's impossible and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series."
- Booklist, starred review
"Wither her lyrical writing, Maggie Stiefvater reimagines myth and legends to bring the world of faerie to our own."
- Richelle Mead, New York Times bestselling author of Vampire Academy
"Teens with find [Stiefvater's] mix of the mundane and the exotic compelling as is the dizzying romance between Deirdre and Luke. The first-person voice opens up Deidre's experience with an unknown magical world that is intimate and immediate." - VOYA