BALLAD. Read an excerpt from Flux. Nuala is part muse, part psychic vampire. Her mark across history is unmistakable: a trail of brilliant poets, musicians, and. Information and extras for Lament and Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater, including Celtic music written for the books. 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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Of course, she might be attracted to the piper himself as well.

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie

I liked things from James’ point of view. She is not adjusting to the things that happened to her the prior summer. James had a freshness he didn’t have in the first book, while still retaining the sarcastic nature and view on life he has that make him such a unique, enjoyable character.

Dee was so annoying! Going into this book i will admit that my expectations were high. My love affair with this book started on the first page, like it was written just for me and me alone. 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 bzllad in any capacity whatsoever.

stiefvqter 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.

They sound utterly engrossing and I like the fact that the author gets the teenage male voice down so well. View all 3 comments. On the outside, James was this hilarious, talented charmer with a sarcastic sense of humor. Nov 04, Cori Reed rated it liked it.


I stared at the stars and wanted more than what I was and more than what the world was and just – wanted. Refresh and try again. I really hope she finishes the third book in this series.

The ending is lovely, but plot elements linger …. Needless to say, I love this balllad. Now, I was quite excited to see this story was about James. That really added a lot of suspense to the novel and was crucial to the plot. The sort of deal Nuala offers is the height of temptation for this troubled young man who is obsessed with music and excellence and who is so very alone.

Most of the insight into what was going on with Dee was revealed through text messages typed but never sent to James.

Ballad (Books of Faerie, book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater

A book with lots to like, but enough flaws to make it worth a borrow, not a buy. I mabgie explain her writing. I loved that she usually had a retort for the things he said. I understood James’s choice to save Dee towards the end of this book. The feelings were more realistic, the romance less filled with mind games, and the stakes much higher. They can be cocky, quirky, compulsive musicians who also suffer from some insecurities that they try and keep hidden. What neither of them excepts is to develop a relationship.

He is so complicated and stiefvatwr, but such a cocky smartass.


You don’t get some desperately beautiful bad boy that is magically tamed by the girl into someone who can finally love but always just the one girl ever after of course. She fills their dreams with agonisingly beautiful images, full of longing and suffering, enough to drive them crazy with wanting.

I would have given this book 5 stars, but I did feel like there were some holes in the story when I really wanted detail, a chapter would end and then pick up right after an event instead of hearing about an event.

She certainly knew how to put in him in place at times. The cover is pretty-ish though! This time around Dee is but a blip mqggie and there- a reminder of James’ painful feelings as he tries to build a life for himself at Thornking Ash and mahgie to terms with the events of Lament. I thought this was a really good book by itself, but it was terrible as a sequel, especially as an ending to a series.

Dec 21, Tracy74 rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s so beautifully tied around every page. There were quick little glimpses into his character, but not enough to satisfy my curiosity about him. It made him so much more real and relatable.