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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There are also some stuefvater points that weren’t terribly clear, but they didn’t detract too much from the reading overall; I hope these will be cleared up or expanded in the books to come in this series. She chooses humans for their musical abilities, and gifts them with exceptional music.

I loved the argument James and Dee had in English class couched in terms of Hamlet. They sneak up on you, going, “Hey, I’ve been here this whole time.

I read Shiver last fall after Myra McEntire raved about it repeatedly. Books of Faerie 2. Stisfvater said in one of her talks that she played the bagpipes when she was younger this I knew but it’s still not common outside of Scotland and that she has to relate to the character she was writing her example was Cole, but it still stands. There’s more promise and hope.

Ballad starts right where Lament left off; James and Dee have enrolled stoefvater After reading the mesmerising Lament, I was eagerly awaiting this book with so much anticipation, that I wondered on more than one occasion, whether the story would live up to my expectations.

Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. And as she gets to know and appreciate James, I came to like her more and more. It was fast paced, but never felt rushed. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie

I am sorry, Jessi, for stowing Ballad away on my keepers shelf after having set up your hope. His snarky, quick on the mark comments had me in fits of laughter. With all that being said, Ballad exceeded my already high expectations by leaps and bounds. She was whiny, mopey, a cry baby and gave up at the end, all of which doesn’t seem like her personality at all.


Although the plot dragged a bit in the first or so pages, there’s no question that Stiefvater’s character interactions are planned and deliberate. Personal tools Log in. I disliked her telling James to kiss her, and stiefvaater saying that she was thinking about Luke.

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And James, like Marr’s Leslie, is in rather a lot of trouble. Because Hallowe’en on her sixteenth year is the night she dies. One that James does not want to give, but will he change his mind??

I won’t give away anything really important but some people don’t want to read anything so those people beware. Twists and turns that I never saw coming. Stiefvster not quite sure what it is, as I totally maygie it and I can’t wait for the next one!! 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.

She knows how to write music so that you hear it in your heart. I knew I was reading Jame’s story but couldn’t help wanting to know what the hell was going on with Dee’s story!! Obviously things were not going to be the same once he told her how he felt. She soon learns more about who she really is. I had expected Ballad to be a continuation of Dee’s story, so the complete lack of development and conclusion of her character was underwhelming.

Magical and romantic as always, Ballad will leave you wanting hallad, even after you’ve turned the last page.

And then I went back and read certain parts over again. But Ballad still contains her lyric prose, and better yet, a truly unique narrative voi Maggie Stiefvater ranks as one of my best newly discovered authors of right up there with Patrick Ness. Amggie allowed me to fully appreciate this story and James as a narrator and character. Some people said she seemed weepy and weak. It would be nice to see things move bllad a maggle direction for her and for her to have some sort of closure.


Why should Nuala get to have a human life when Luke wasn’t allowed to do so? It’s not a bad book but I don’t like it being marketed as a sequel. First thing tha Now, I was quite excited to see this story was about James. That was a pleasant surprised.

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie by Maggie Stiefvater

Ballad is not a sequel to Lament reviewed here but a companion piece. The first book wasn’t that good, so when I randomly saw the second one, I wasn’t sure I would read, but I was pleasantly surprised. Open Preview See a Problem? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I might owe her my collection of shamrock memorabilia. You’re just not alternating between loving the story and hating the author for ending it badly.

Although I liked Dee in Lamentaside from questioning her attraction to Luke, I found myself disgusted with her for most of this book in the same way I was disgusted with Bella for how she treated Jacob in Twilight. I would have to say Ballad is my favourite. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads t In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament: Of course, she might be attracted to the piper himself as well.

After the first two meetings she had with James, I grew tired of her damsel-in-distress-I’m-so-sad attitude. Dear Maggie Stiefvater, You torture me.

And Nuala does some of the best snark ever! James was the character I liked best in Lament, anyway. I just felt like this story was missing something, and in the end, it brought the book down.