Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie: Books of Faerie 2

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young-Adult – Fantasy
Publication Date: October 1, 2009
Age Range: Young-Adult
Pages: 352
Date Scoot Read: September 2010
Source: Paperback Library Book

Scoot's Rating: 9- Great read! Couldn’t put it down.

Synopsis (via Goodreads): In this mesmerizing sequel to Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James' musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Haunted by fiery visions of death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soul-scorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.

Scoot’s Review:
I loved this sequel to Lament. Alternating between James’ and Nuala’s point of views Ballad is a glimpse into life after Lament. Luke is gone and now Dee and James are awkward around each other at their new private school. In steps Nuala, an eerily human-like faerie who survives off of human souls and James is her next target. Ballad is filled with faerie intrigue, longing and heartache. I have to say that James made this book. From the first page you are sucked into his psyche; where music is a living, breathing thing and faeries are not our friends. I loved James’ obsessive-compulsive, smart-alecky personality. His confidence and quirkiness were excellently written. As for the romantic twists, I felt the prickly relationship that slowly built between James and Nuala was natural and didn’t feel forced or rushed. As the story builds to a crescendo you never know what to expect, even to the last page. Maggie Stiefvater has once again written a fabulous novel of love, loss and all of the stages in between.

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