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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Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie by Maggie Stiefvater

I don’t feel like this book had much at all to do with the last one except for James mentioning the events of last summer a few times. 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 to deal with life after telling his best friend he’s in love with her and having her not return the sentiment.

I have been so excited to read this book, but something was missing in it for me. I am off to add these to my list! Dec 05, Jenn rated it really liked it. The cover is pretty-ish though!

Ich mochte ihn als besten Freund der Hauptfigur lieber als als Hauptfigur, aber er war mir immer noch sympathisch. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. She is not adjusting to the things that happened to her the prior summer. First thing tha Now, I was quite excited to see this story was about James.


I think over the course of the story they both really grew as characters and no one can deny that it was because of the other.

It happens that those who are musically gifted are more naturally predisposed to sense faeries. So go ahead and click on the cover and buy yourself a copy.

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie

Still, praise for Paul and his sticking around to be there for Nuala while she burned. I love the banter between characters, the progression of school life, and the character development that flows through the pages. That may be because it’s the second in a series of which I’ve not read the first, and granted that did mean it took me a while to initially get into it.

There are also some plot points that weren’t terribly clear, but they didn’t detract too much from the reading overall; I hope these will be cleared up or expanded in the books to come in this series. Nuala was a bit problematic, being a leanan sidhea sort of succubus-muse who latches onto young men with talent and feeds off their life stiefvaer.

Wish there was more to the series! Why should Nuala get to have a human life when Luke wasn’t allowed to do so? James’ complex emotions surrounding Dee and his involvement with the faery world added further dimensions to the story but it felt like something was lacking. Dee is a minor character stifvater the sequel to her own story.


I got sucked into this story really wanting to find out what happens. The plot of book one wins more points than book two, but the way the story wound out in Ballad wins over its predecessor.

James still has feelings for Dee, who’s still grieving over Luke. It’s so beautifully tied around every page. Why couldn’t he have narrated the whole book?!? Again, we suffer with him because we are in his head and hearing everything from his perspective.

I also feel like he had a lot of super severe anxiety traits maybe OCD? Wow, I really liked this book. I felt that the ending was matgie bit rushed – technically very climatic, but not enough time for me to savor it.

It was good, but I had too many problems with this one.

Jan 05, Krystle rated it it was ok. There’s more promise and hope. I wasn’t sure what my heart wanted till there’s did.

Jan 16, Kristi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ballad was a thrill. Aug 28, Natalia rated it liked it.