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Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Magical Writing

My thoughts...Ballad is the second book in this series and let me start by saying...read Lament first. The plot, the characters, the history of the story will make more sense if you do. I jumped right into this after finishing Lament and I was once again blow away by ...
My thoughts...Ballad is the second book in this series and let me start by saying...read Lament first. The plot, the characters, the history of the story will make more sense if you do. I jumped right into this after finishing Lament and I was once again blow away by the incredible writing of Maggie Stiefvater. She incorporates the perfect amounts of poetry, conversation, mood, and emotion into the story to draw readers into her magical world.

This book picks up several weeks after Lament ends. James and Dee are attending music school, living on the same campus, but separate lives. This story will please anyone who was a fan of James in the first book. Readers hear very little from Dee, except from the occasional text message. We do meet a new character, a lower-level faerie named Nuala. It took me a while to warm up to her, but once I did, she became one of my favorites. We also meet several other new characters such as a quirky English teacher, and Paul, who ends up rooming with James.

Like the first book, Ballad moves along at a perfect pace. This was one of those books that traveled around my house, because I did not want to put it down. James drew some attention, both good and bad, from the faeries for his musical ability. I don't want to give anything away, but readers should expect to experience heartbreak, fear, love, and friendship. I am hoping the story of these characters will continue for a long time. Stiefvater leaves us in a magical place that is full of possibilities. The ending of the story was satisfying, but left several unanswered questions. I look forward to the next installment in the Books of the Faerie series.

posted by EllzReadz on March 24, 2010

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I absolutely hated this book! i fell in love with Lament but Ballard is totally different! i hated how Deidre wasn't the one telling the story, i had no interest. i wouldn't recommend it especially if you loved lament and the romance.

posted by whaiting-to-be-read on June 23, 2010

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    Such an improvment from Lament. Maggie's writing is beautiful as

    Such an improvment from Lament. Maggie's writing is beautiful as always, if not more sturn in this series then Shiver and Scorpio Races. Wonderful none the less. As a musician in training, I could relate. Wonderful concept.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Give it a chance

    Ok I read the first book and loved it, read the second book and liked it but have one HUGE question....where was Luke? I know Dee briefly mention that he's there then she finds out it's not really him....so where is he?

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    THIS CAN NOT BE THE END!!!!

    Ballad was an okay follow up to Lament. I enjoyed the story from James point of view and I liked his relationship with Nuala. However by the end of the story I was feeling really sad for Dee, she went through alot and ended up with nothing in return. There has to be a part 3, because Dee has to have a happy ending.

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