FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL SHIVER “”Ballad is giddy, intoxicating, and threatening all at once. Tamora Pierce. Editorial Reviews. Review. Brenna Yovanoff and Maggie Stiefvater: Author Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (A Lament Novel Book 2) – Kindle edition by Maggie Stiefvater. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC. Summary: A book with lots to like, but enough flaws to make it worth a borrow, not a buy. Strong major characters, lyrical prose and interesting.

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Ballad is a more powerful novel than Lament; I got drew into the pages a lot deeper and faster than when I was reading Lament. It’s a completely different story with a lot of new characters none of whom appealed to me. This is her last year. He is so complicated and damaged, but such a cocky smartass. Sullivan would put up with it for very long. They humour is brilliant, the quirks maggle fresh, the character development is bsllad. I thought Nuala was a wonderful character also, and a fitting match for James.

The plot of book one wins more points than book two, but the way the story wound out in Ballad wins over its predecessor. There is a little of James in myself so I can relate to him especially. I was pleasantly ballaad when Ballad broke away from Dee’s narration and was told in the point of view of James.

Aug 01, kari rated it it was ok Shelves: Maggie Stiefvater lives in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a Camaro named Loki. I loved it and i recommend it!!!!! Dec 05, Jenn rated it really liked it. If you liked James before, you will love him in Ballad. Nov 12, Lynn rated it really liked it.

As for Nuala, she was a welcome muse for him and I found myself completely rooting for the two of them even though I knew she was potentially very dangerous for him to become involved with in any capacity whatsoever. Maggie Stiefvater ranks as one of my best newly discovered authors of right up there with Patrick Ness.


The story alternates between James and Nuala. Jun 12, Liviania rated it it was amazing. We do ge Ballad starts with James and Dee at the private school for musicians. But Nuala, as she calls herself, never counted on actually falling in love with one of her intended victims as she does with James, and this creates an unprecedented situation and confrontation between humans and Fey. We do get a few little mentions here and there of Luke.

Jan 16, Kristi rated it it was amazing Shelves: I will say that i am happier with this ending than i was with Lament. Then hubby brought me Lament as a souvenir from his busine Nobody writes longing like Maggie Stiefvater.

The sort of deal Nuala offers is the height of temptation for this troubled young man who is obsessed with music and excellence and who is so very alone. And I’m just going to stop right there, because I could keep going, but I’m not one for a long review, and this is like the longest in my history.

They can be cocky, quirky, compulsive musicians who also suffer from some insecurities that they try and keep hidden. Speaking of him – I loved how he set it up so that she could be saved, while knowing that James could not do it.

In another author’s hands, I’d have hated her. It is a beautifully composed ode to longing, hope, joy and love — that just happens to include a few homicdal faeries.

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie

I didn’t like a certain scene which showed exactly the relationship between her and the other fey, but Stiefvaer thought that particular scene showed you alot about her personality, and she TRIED to percieved herself – heartless and uncaring, ie, saying she couldn’t be crying as she doesn’t cry.

He was a favourite in Lament – and I was just in the mood for some good sarcasm. She doesn’t leave you dangling off the edge of some precipice for ten months while you wait for the gods of publishing to put out the next book. His fate made me sad, and I wonder if there will be more to it. They saw each other in a way that only they could.


Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater – book review

Ballad starts right where Lament left off; James and Dee have enrolled at the prestigious Thornking Ash Music School, and are struggling to deal with the aftermath of the events of the previous summer. Now, I was quite excited to see this story was about James.

I think being allowed to get inside his head and heart made me fall even more in love with his character. The books had a very lyrical feel all the way through them – but I do ask, what are stiefvatef year olds doing playing the harp and bagpipes?

I liked that some familiar characters were brought back and some lingering questions I had from Lament where answered in Ballad. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this novel since the last pages of Lament. Yes I did like Nuala’s character — she was a great mix of vulnerability and toughness, and her particular breed of faerie was unusual and tsiefvater all sorts of interesting questions about life and living forever.

James is a well-drawn character, with quirks, snark, and witticisms that fully embody him. James still has feelings for Dee, who’s still grieving over Luke. Also Dee freaking annoys me.

The feelings were more realistic, the romance less filled with mind games, and the stakes much higher. Why couldn’t he have narrated the whole book?!? It hooks you right from the start and seems to flow with a lyric all of its own. By continuing to use stefvater website, you agree to their use.

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