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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And what’s there is richer and more painful than one might expect from his humorous exterior. Like Stiefvater’s other novels, this book is very well-written, with smart characters and quick dialogue. I got sucked into this story really wanting to find out what happens. James seems to get his happy amggie and Dee is left with only our hope that she can finally start to heal.
Some people said she seemed weepy and weak. And his sarcastic, sometimes crude, commentary is a strange juxtaposition to the dreamy, bittersweet descriptions she peppered throughout Lament, and in Ballad to a lesser degree.
Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie
It is a beautifully composed ode to longing, hope, joy and love — that just happens to include a few homicdal faeries. Jun 15, Angie rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. You get the point. Oct 26, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: There is very little Dee and what you get of her ballaf a very different side than in the first book.
If Brandon was there, to tell James to go save Dee etc, where was Luke? But I would love to see a return by Stiefvater to the world of Lament and Ballad. Ballad is a portrait of James coming to terms with his unique talents, his unrequited love and concern for Dee, his perceived isolation from others, and his growing temptations towards Nuala on multiple fronts. His narrative counterpart, Nuala, also comes into focus as the story develops, and even though she starts out as a nemesis, the reader learns her weaknesses and becomes sympathetic towards her too.
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Ballad (Books of Faerie, book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater
All she needs is an invitation So I can know what’s going on. Although I liked Dee in Lamentaside fr I enjoyed this one more than the first book of the series, Lamentbecause a lot of it was from the POV of my favourite character in LamentJames. The plot was twisted, ethereal, and complex, the writing was lyrical and descriptive, and the characters for the most part were relateable and solid.
I knew there would be great things to come when I read Lament. I give this book a 2 star rating. I seriously can’t even with how much I love him.
And saving Dee and stopping the evil ‘homicidal faeries’ was what was right. It’s addictive, it almost has it’s own melody, the chorus from a song that gets stuck in your head. Along comes Nuala, attracted by Stoefvater talent with the bagpipes. No it doesn’t bring out the best in Dee, but really we are never in her head to know the depths of what she is going through.
This was an excellent story. I like my characters feisty; The tender tease of Dee and Luke in the background through out this book made the ache come back as I flipped through the pages. But Dee barely talks to him. I understood James’s choice to save Dee towards the end of this book. Ballad picks up a few months after Dee and James barely survive their first harrowing experiences with the world of Faerie. I loved that she usually had a retort for the things he said.
Because Hallowe’en on her sixteenth year is the night she dies. The characters were more fully formed in this novel and spoke to me in a way that those in Lament did not. Thus, Thornking-Ash is pretty much crawling with The Fey and their human fellow travelers.
The story follows his struggle to recover from narrowly escaping death at the hands of homicidal faeries in order to protect Dee, as well as his stuttering attempts And right on the heels of Shiver comes BALLAD–the sequel perhaps companion novel would be a better term to Lament.
The ending, as always, left me hurt and angry and sad at the sweetness — and totally unresolved. In another author’s hands, I’d have hated her.