Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL SHIVER "Ballad is giddy, intoxicating, and threatening all at once. —Tamora Pierce 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... show more
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL SHIVER "Ballad is giddy, intoxicating, and threatening all at once. —Tamora Pierce 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. Praise for Ballad: "Readers of Holly Black's Tithe (2002) or Charles de Lint's The Blue Girl (2004) will enjoy this rich foray into faerie. The book's backdrop, so firmly rooted in Celtic myth, is scary, mysterious, magical, and horrifying."—Booklist
Publish date: 2009-10-08
Pages no: 353
Edition language: English
Overall, I enjoyed Ballad. Nice twisty faerie story with cleverness and at least one likeable asshole character, which I think is a strength of Stiefvater's. I did like Lament a little bit more, and as with all of Stiefvater's books, there's a feeling of emotional distance and kind of a complicated ...
Well, I'll say this right now. I did not enjoy this book as much as I did Lament. I know this is not the best series out there, but I was a little disappointed in how it was executed. The writing was still decent and easy to get into, but the story wasn't anything mind-blowing and normally that does...
Oh, James.I'm happy sighing all over the place. James gets the attention he deserves in this sequel to Lament, as for me he was the most appealing character in the first book, and now I adore this cocky, empathetic, lovelorn boy all the more. This book is simple yet multifaceted, beautiful and eer...
Way to make my really dislike Dee when I loved her in the first book.But James was fabulous in this, and I loved Nuala. the story had great pacing, the end didn't feel rushed this time. Great story.
And then Deirdre got unbearable.