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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Here’s the only real issue i had with Ballard I love the whole world of Faerie that Maggie has created.

Aug 01, kari rated it it was ok Shelves: Dee has left home to attend the prestigious music boarding school, Thornking-Ash, and best friend James, who’s in love with her, follows. Her prose is spare and lyrical, her characters interesting and relatable, her world set up fascinating. Overall, there was enough here that was good for the story to be enjoyable, and I would definitely recommend a borrow, if not a buy.

I would definitely recommend Ballad to anyone in search stiefvtaer a good book, and highly recommend it to people who like reading of fae Bottom Line: It is pretty clear by the end of the book and for me throughout the book if you pick up on the clues that Dee is spiraling down into a deep depression and is not in a good frame of mind. There were quick little glimpses into his character, but not enough to satisfy my curiosity about him.

James’ musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. First off, they stiefvatef real. When Magggie first read Lament, I was left wanting to learn more about one character in particular- James. I can’t explain her writing. I think that the more I read by Maggie Stiefvater the more I love her books. She is intent on making James hers and all she needs is an invitation.


But again, there were wasted opportunities with regards to her family can’t say too much without spoiling the end which left me feeling a little irritated. View all 3 comments. Jan 05, Krystle rated it it was ok.

Every aspect of his personality was so endearing to me – the bag pipe playing, the smart alek one liners, the obsessive writing on his hand compulsion, his humorous t-shirts, etc. Katie Downing This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [Yes.

I felt that the ending was a bit rushed – technically very climatic, but not enough time for me to savor it. Quick note on the audiobook? What neither of them excepts is to develop a relationship. They can be cocky, quirky, compulsive musicians who also suffer from some insecurities that they try and keep hidden. In most cases sequels even take a slight – or not so slight – drop for me.

It alternates between James and Nuala. I am quite overwelmed by how much I liked Ballad, since after reading Lament I expected a sequel that would also barely make it into the “It-was-enjoyable-but-didn’t-touch-me” category.

She certainly knew how to put in him in place at times. It’s so beautifully tied around every page. Dee is a minor character in the sequel to her own story. I also feel like he had a lot of super severe anxiety traits maybe OCD? I’d love to see he and Dee be the focus in future books and perhaps have their own happy ending in the end.

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie

The plot itself was lovely and captivating. Still, praise for Paul and his sticking around to be there for Nuala while she burned. I hated the ending, but I did like James as a character he was quirky enough to be interestingeven Nuala. Aug 18, Carla rated it it was amazing. I got sucked into this story really wanting to find out what happens. The Faerie Queen’s Deception, a few months ago and loving it as my previous review on it can attestI waited impatiently for Ballad: I really liked that most of the book came from James’s point of view and the other point of view was from Nuala.


Many of the side characters hold their own.

This is only because with the Wicked Lovely books and now Lament books – I’ve read all the books at once. More than a companion piece than actual sequel to Lament, Ballad is told from the alternating points of view of James and an unusual faery we are introduced to named Nuala. Ballad was my favourite out of this and Lament although I was happy with the non-happy everafter in Lament but I think that James is made of awesomesauce – so, you know, I was bound to like this one better: Great review on this one Jill.

I liked the idea with the e-mails, but I was really confused in the end.

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And the story with Luke wasn’t really finished. The previous one, this one and other stories not related to Maggie. I love the side characters, especially Paul. The books are filled with their own brilliance.