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: A Gathering of Faerie

There is very little Dee and what you get of her is a very different side than in the first book. Some people said she seemed weepy and weak.

Why couldn’t he have narrated the whole book?!? I was so very afraid of Nuala hurting James in the beginning, but after a few chapters she started to grow on me, which is how it should be in my opinion.

Ballad 34 37 Nov 08, And so he follows her to Thornking-Ash Conservatory, enrolling in a school full of gifted musicians guaranteed to annoy the crap out of him, in order to be near her. I didn’t think that James would get his happy ending, but I am glad that he did. Books by Maggie Stiefvater. His vulnerability in this book tugged on my magtie, longing for a girl who would never love him back, all alone in a sea of people.


My love affair with this book started on the first page, maggie it was written just for me and me alone. James practically jumped out of the pages and came to life for me, and I felt sad when it was over.

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And there’s nothing that attracts faeries more than music. This book if from James’ perspective and takes off on a different but related direction th I think that the more I read by Maggie Stiefvater the more I love her books. I was really hoping it was going to truly continue from where Lament left off and finished the story or at least answer some of my questions I didn’t put the book down until I was done reading.

Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. She certainly does seem to have a range of subjects out there and I like the idea of faeries and people trying to interact. For at James’ new school, Thornking-Ash, the student populace is entirely made of musical prodigies. What neither of them excepts is to develop a relationship. But apparently I seriously misread that last chapter because James is stiefavter and well As far as books go as a stand ballaad this one would have been okay.

Nuala was a bit problematic, being a leanan sidhea sort of succubus-muse who latches onto young men with talent and feeds off their bal,ad force. All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been formed by a desire to leave a mark, resulting in spray-painted cars, sharpie-covered computer printers, ink-splattered walls, and stories told in books, in magazines, and on stages. Maggie Stiefvater ranks as one of my best newly discovered maygie of right up there with Patrick Ness.


I have been so excited to read this book, but something was missing in it for me.

I don’t care for Nuala, didn’t like her attitude toward Dee or James. I can’t explain her writing. Katie Downing This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [Yes. 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. Dear Maggie Stiefvater, You torture me. Quite Brilliant of Maggie to make us want two different things as we struggle along side with James and Nuala!

The chapters alternate between James and Nuala’s point of view with a few text messages from Dee interspersed here and there. The characters were more fully formed in this novel and spoke to me in a way that those in Lament did not. Along comes Nuala, attracted by James’s talent with the bagpipes.

He showed her all the good things about being human and it was this that lead her to want to become a human herself.