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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A beautiful but eerie story in which humans meet dangerous, but alluring and likable faeries. For as he edges closer and closer to completely unravelling, his witty facade gets sharper, more honed, more irresistable. And what is with all faery queens being physco???

The story was interesting, and I liked the idea of the faeries being dangerous, cunning and feeding off humans. Should I Read This?

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie

I’ll agree that Nuala was, in some ways, underdeveloped. Both main characters change because of the encounter. First off, they are real. James’s biggest worry is the fey are coming for Dee and for Nuala, and for two different reasons.

All it takes are Dee’s unsent text messages, full of everything she needs to say to James but can’t. If you liked yon lanky, loquacious lad stiefvxter you will fall head over heels in love with him in this installment.

More of her words, more out of lifeasking more questions, just feeling the weight of being more.

Great review on this one Jill. Others said she seemed like a b! Purely because James is a more interesting character then Dee.

Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater – I Read, Therefore I Blog

The one thing I did enjoy was James’ voice. Instead she sends him dreams that bother him and constantly tries to convince him to do what she wants.


It’s not a bad book but I don’t like it being marketed as a sequel. I seriously can’t even with how much I love him. It was good, but I had too many problems with this one. That was a pleasant surprised.

Hopefully she will start writing it once the Raven Boys series is …more I know!! James shines in the book, his personality reaches out and grabs you, keeping you enticed until the very last page. Even though I liked James more, I still think Dee’s story needed a little bit more closure. Now, I was quite excited to see this story was about James. I have bwllad so excited to read this book, but something was missing in it for me.

I get that she was struggling, but that’s never an excuse to treat people badly.

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

Ballad is not a sequel to Lament reviewed here but a companion piece. She’s evil and I knew she was up to no good. So I can know what’s going on. I liked it so much I bought more copies and gave them away for Christmas gifts. I’m addicted to this world and only hope she graces us with more ballda come! And the story with Luke That was a pleasant maggje. It’s also darker in its descriptions of faeries and the thoughts of the main characters. This is only because with the Wicked Lovely books and now Lament books – I’ve read all the books at once.

James and the cadre of disciples he gathers round him like a cloak at Thornking-Ash fairly leap off the page at you until all you want in life is to be chummy and sarcastic with them all day long.


I didn’t think that James would get his happy ending, but I am glad that he did. It hooks mafgie right from the start and seems to flow with a lyric all of its own.

One of the things I love about Maggie’s main characters are all their facets. The books had a very lyrical feel all the way through them – but I do ask, what are 16 year olds doing playing the harp and bagpipes? This was an excellent story. Did she really care for him or just want to rub Dee’s nose in it which was how it seemed to me.

I would definitely recommend Ballad to anyone in search of a good book, and highly recommend it to people who maggje reading of fae Bottom Line: Every aspect of kaggie 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.

Jun 24, Katieb MundieMoms rated it liked it Shelves: Dee is the cloverhand whom the fey are drawn to and follow. Dee and James frustrated me to no end.

She is not adjusting to the things that happened to her the prior summer. I dove into it this past weekend, and though I enjoyed it a great deal, it didn’t bind me like Lament did. Aug 18, Carla rated it it was amazing.