Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL SHIVER

"Ballad is giddy, intoxicating, and threatening all at once. It is a sheer edge-read: you feel like you stand on a cliff through every scene, only barely clinging to the world, not knowing who is coming up behind you!"
—Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of the
Protector of the Small Quartet

"With its razor wit, compelling characters, and deliriously ...

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Overview

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL SHIVER

"Ballad is giddy, intoxicating, and threatening all at once. It is a sheer edge-read: you feel like you stand on a cliff through every scene, only barely clinging to the world, not knowing who is coming up behind you!"
—Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of the
Protector of the Small Quartet

"With its razor wit, compelling characters, and deliriously beautiful prose, Ballad will make you laugh and gasp out loud even as it breaks your heart."
—R.J. Anderson, author of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter

"Maggie Stiefvater excels at writing wonderfully complex characters who face wickedly impossible obstacles. Ballad had me hooked until the pulse-pounding end. Readers who loved Lament will devour Ballad and plead for more!"
—Carrie Ryan, author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Remember us, so sing the dead, lest we remember you

James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless. As Halloween—the day of the dead—draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala's life and his soul.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Caitlin Augusta
Sequel to Lament (Flux/Llewellyn, 2008/VOYA December 2008), this novel transpires at the Thornking-Ash School of Music where James and Dee are new students. Dee's preference for the absent faerie Luke has made her relationship with James awkward. James would be entirely heartbroken were it not for Nuala, a solitary faerie whose existence depends on sucking human life in exchange for inspiration. James refuses the deal, but he and Nuala develop a mutual attraction. The appearance of the faerie court spells trouble for Dee, James, and Nuala as they face a supernatural Halloween showdown. Stiefvater's writing continues to mature. Her plot is more focused than in Lament, while her evocative language does the elusive subject matter justice. Celtic myth mingles with contemporary characters for an appealing teen romance told in three voices. James and Nuala alternate chapters in the first person while Dee expresses her growing dread in unsent text messages. Stiefvater realistically chronicles James's shift from obsessing over Dee to a relationship with Nuala. James's voice is especially clear. He snaps out witty repartee that teen readers will wish they could reproduce. Teen collections that do not have a Maggie Stiefvater shelf should begin one. Reviewer: Caitlin Augusta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606146098
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 353
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have revolved around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical writer (all of which she's tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists (she's made her living as one or the other since she was twenty-two). Maggie now lives a surprisingly eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, and neurotic dog.

Visit Les Bonnes Fees for a podcast interview with Maggie, featuring a reading from Lament and Celtic music arranged and performed by Maggie.

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