Ballad

Paperback | May 1, 2012

byMaggie Stiefvater

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Dangerous faeries. Otherwordly music. Unrequited love. The intoxicating sequel to Lament is now available from Scholastic!

In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend Deirdre join a private conservatory for musicians. James is still struggling with his feelings for Dee when he meets Nuala, a dangerous faerie muse who offers to help foster his creativity -in exchange for his life.

He turns down the offer, but working together they compose achingly beautiful music and unexpectedly fall into a mutual attraction. As James begins to realize his feelings for Dee and Nuala have changed, it becomes clear that both girls are being hunted by the Fey.

Plunged into a soul-scorching battle with the Faerie Queen, James soon discovers that he can only save one.

The second in the Books of Faerie series, Ballad is another beautifully dark tale of vicious faeries and dangerous passion from bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

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Dangerous faeries. Otherwordly music. Unrequited love. The intoxicating sequel to Lament is now available from Scholastic! In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend Deirdre join a private conservatory for musicians. James is still struggling with his feelings for Dee when he meets Nuala, a ...

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, and Forever. She is also the author of the standalone novel The Scorpio Races, as well as Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:362 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.79 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781443113632

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable But Could Have Been Better Actual Rating: 2.5* I really enjoyed Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception. I thought it was the perfect mix of faerie mythology and Irish mythology that blended together with how great Dee and Luke were together. Therefore, I should have loved the sequel, Ballad. However, I did not. I didn't like the shift from Dee and Luke to James and Nuala. Their characters and story were not nearly as engaging as Dee and Luke's had been. I was mostly just waiting for the story to be over rather than really enjoying myself. I think most of this stemmed from the fact that Nuala was not likeable and was constantly butting in to where she was explicitly told she was not wanted: James's life. And James, while funny, was too much. I couldn't relate to him at all except when it came to realizing he was better off without Dee in his life because he found better friends who actually cared about him. The plot for this one was meh. I liked that it brought all the characters together and showed us the darker side to the fae that Stiefvater had created but I was kinda bored with how much time it took to get there. I felt like there were a lot of filler aspects to this one to make it a full novel rather than a novella. I also would have liked actual scenes from Dee rather than her weird text messages (with bad grammar, which is how people texted in 2009 but not how people text now and it drove me up the wall). I felt like Dee was wasted in this one because she was such a huge, important part of James's life and was given cameo scenes at best. But, Stiefvater's writing was flawless again. Even though I wasn't a huge fan of the plot or characters, I was still engrossed in the writing and the world. I loved the descriptions of both the faerie world and the human world and how they intertwined. I loved that we got to see the faerie world from a faerie who wasn't quite faerie or human because it gave us a different perspective than what we had seen before. This version felt more real than what we saw in Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception because it wasn't as romanticized in a sense. I do recommend this one, still. Especially if you loved Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception. You can also read this one as a standalone, but I would recommend reading them both if you are going to read this one anyway. I hope that if there is another book to this series that it shifts its focus back to Dee and Luke because they are much more interesting than James and Naula.
Date published: 2016-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Faeries and Heartbreak Abound Maggie Stiefvater has once again produced a novel that will make your heart ache. Ballad is one novel that twists the tides on a typical series, and gives it's audience a whole new perspective. Maggie has chosen her sequel to feature the one character many people were rooting for, the dejected love of the first book. Maggie's books are always intriguing and are sure to satisfy the churning relationships of teenage romance, but after reading some of her other books I found Ballad to be almost a little too predictable, if you love an easy novel filled with things that go bump in the night, teenage discovery and romance however you will definitely enjoy Ballad. James Morgan has been through it all, deadly accidents, dark encounters and worst of all rejected love. After confessing his true feelings to his best friend Deirdre who has fallen for a fairy, James has now chosen to follow her away from home to the musical academy that specializes with kids that seem to have a little something extra. It is here struggling to come to terms with his own feelings and with the changing relationship between him and Deirdre that he encounters Nuala. Nuala, another of the fey can offer James an extra push creatively but in return he must trade his life- one that he came within inches of losing before. Fully knowing the dangers of interacting with "The Good Neighbors" James, declines the offer but can't seem to separate himself from their world, he hears mysterious songs in the night and finds Nuala appearing at every turn. Slowly James realizes that escaping the world of the fey may be harder than he imagine, even now that his relationship with Deirdre is uncertain. As times pass James must make a choice that will end in heartbreak no matter how he chooses. In this haunting tale, James must risk it all for the ones he loves and decide once and for all what he feels in his heart.
Date published: 2012-05-20

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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