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Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie

(Books of Faerie #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  17,320 ratings  ·  1,515 reviews
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 t ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Flux
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Ruby I know!! It has been aaaaaaaaaaaggges since she announced it but still nothing. Hopefully she will start writing it once the Raven Boys series is fini…moreI know!! It has been aaaaaaaaaaaggges since she announced it but still nothing. Hopefully she will start writing it once the Raven Boys series is finished. (less)
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C.G. Drews
2nd Read | 2018

Ohhh it's been TOO LONG since I had the absolute marvellous pleasure of a book narrated by James. I seriously can't even with how much I love him. He is so complicated and damaged, but such a cocky smartass. I also feel like he had a lot of super severe anxiety traits (maybe OCD?) that he's suppressing by being so glib. But like...James. 😭I want the best for my musical genius faerie captivating piper brokenhearted son. I can't even.

Also I so permanently love the way Maggie Stiefva
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Ballad is the sequel to Lament, which I reviewed earlier. It’s got a bit of everything; romance, devious faeries, magic, and teen drama.

Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is much the same as in the previous book; pretty descriptions and a definite knowledge of mythology. There were a whole lot of new characters too and I just did not connect to any of them. Nuala while intriguing on her own with a spitfire personality, inner turmoil, and her own conflict with the fey, just did not grab me.

Seeing as how
*** On re-reading it in 2017 ***: I still liked it, but I don't need to read it a third time.
*** Read first and reviewed in December 2010 ***
4 stars!! 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. In most cases sequels even take a slight - or not so slight - drop for me. Surprisingly Ballad turned out to be what I wished Lament had been: A beautiful but eer
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2009
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Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Dear Maggie Stiefvater,

You torture me.
I love your writing, I love your ideas, I love your books. I DO NOT love the way you leave me hanging. I get that you have your Mercy Falls books to finish, though I think that Shiver ended fine, and I am certainly excited about those. . . BUT I NEED RESOLUTION TO THIS STORY! There is just so much story in Lament/Ballad that needs to be told, so many questions that need answering.

Just in case you haven't heard this from thousands of other readers, let me gi
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Three words; addictive, magical, & wicked.

I've been eagerly awaiting this novel since the last pages of Lament. Eagerly awaiting to fulfill my craving of James, I mean! Ballad, although could be considered a sequel to Lament, is more of a companion novel. Let me just say that Ballad finally (finally!) satisfies that insatiable hunger for James, after that enticing, all to short, glimpse during Lament. And can I say, that I only love him more. His witty retorts, his one line smart ass comments, h
So I really try to love this book. But sadly I could not.
It's a good book don't get me wrong but it's not my cup of tea.
I mean I've been reading this book for almost two years. I wasn't going to give up on it. I just took forever to read it. But the first book was so much better.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really good spin off novel following an other character which I loved a lot.
Oct 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Maggie Stiefvater ranks as one of my best newly discovered authors of 2009 (right up there with Patrick Ness). And it's saying something, for me, that I read two books about faeries -- never my favorite topic, especially after my Melissa Marr experience gone bad -- just to read more of her stuff, even though Lament, and Ballad are not, in some ways, as tightly written as Shiver, my hands-down favorite of hers.

But Ballad still contains her lyric prose, and better yet, a truly unique narrative voi
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ballad exceeded my expectations and managed to surprise me at every turn. No longer are we focused on Dee, but on her best friend James. When he begins attending Thornking-Ash, a school for the gifted and talented, he finds himself mystified by a faerie named Nuala who just can't seem to leave him alone, and not for evil reasons either. Soon, James finds himself torn between right and wrong, friendship and love, and life and death.

I was pleasantly
— nova
“I stared at the stars and wanted more than what I was and more than what the world was and just—wanted.”

why isn’t james real? i want him to be my best friend.

this book focuses on james while also giving you a rare look into life after a young adult fantasy novel ends less than happily ever after. which is interesting and also really fucking mopey. but, i mean, if the love of my teen-life had to run off and join the fairies so he wouldn’t die and i couldn’t ever see him again, i’d be pretty mope
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think that the more I read by Maggie Stiefvater the more I love her books. I have found so much to appreciate about her writing. This book does not disappoint.

Be forewarned that if you read this book right after Lament you might have unfulfilled expectations. There is very little Dee and what you get of her is a very different side than in the first book. More about that in a sec. Also there is no Luke. This book if from James' perspective and takes off on a different but related direction th
Jun 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
And right on the heels of Shiver comes BALLAD--the sequel (perhaps companion novel would be a better term) to Lament. In a shift similar to the one in between Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange, BALLAD switches narrators from Dee to her best friend James Morgan. And James, like Marr's Leslie, is in rather a lot of trouble. 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 ...more
Sherrie Petersen
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Nobody writes longing like Maggie Stiefvater. It clings to every page, wraps itself around your heart. Trust me. When you're done reading one of her books, you are ready to make the person laying next to you happy. Very happy.

I read Shiver last fall after Myra McEntire raved about it repeatedly. I was not disappointed. I liked it so much I bought more copies and gave them away for Christmas gifts. I told everyone I knew to read the book. Then hubby brought me Lament as a souvenir from his busine
Ash Louise
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Wish there was more to the series!
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
Wow, I really liked this book. I wasn't sure what to expect at first. I was really hoping it was going to truly continue from where Lament left off and finished the story or at least answer some of my questions..... It did continue, but from James point of view. I really like James in Lament and loved him in Ballad. I got sucked into this story really wanting to find out what happens.
At this point I feel like I'm holding my breath with the anticipation of hearing if there will be more books in t
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was a pretty good sequel! This one is told in James POV, and I actually preferred that a lot to Dee.
Cori Reed
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This is probably a 2.5 stars. It definitely feels dates.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
That was a pleasant surprised. The first book wasn't that good, so when I randomly saw the second one, I wasn't sure I would read, but I was pleasantly surprised. The thing I liked the most was that Dee wasn't the main character. James is way better. It's not like he is the best main character ever, but he was sort of funny and most importantly he was way more enjoyable than Dee. Dee was so annoying! I liked the idea with the e-mails, but I was really confused in the end. And the story with Luke ...more
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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See, I have this strange thing about me. When I read a book I put myself entirely into it. So when I read the Wicked Lovely books I was fully warped into Keenan/Seth and Ash lives. When I read Ink Exchange however, I felt lost cause it wasn't there story.
When I read Lament, again, I connected with the characters Luke and Dee.
So now comes BALLAD and again, I felt the lost of the characters that I wanted to read about.
This is only because with the Wicked Lovely books and now Lament books - I've re
Beth Fred
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
As far as books go as a stand alone this one would have been okay. It's not a page turner like Lament and it's not poetic like Shiver, but still it was a decent story.

My frustration comes in with it being marketed as a sequel to Lament, which ends sadly with James apparently being dead, Luke Dillon's soul being returned but him having to go live with a group of faeries to avoid dieing once his soul is returned. But apparently I seriously misread that last chapter because James is alive and well
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. I thought this was a really good book by itself, but it was terrible as a sequel, especially as an ending to a series. I had several problems with this one. I hated the ending, but I did like James as a character (he was quirky enough to be interesting), even Nuala. I thought she was good for him. However, I still skimmed most of it, even with two funny, very likeable main characters. And I hated Dee in this book. She did a complete 180 from ...more
Victoria Schwab
Jun 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly written, and I adored James. My only complaint was that I simply couldn't stand Dee. I vaguely remembered liking her in Lament, and none of that carried over. Because of that, I had a hard time understanding James's continuing love for her, and when I wasn't terribly annoyed by the text messages, she fell flat. That said, every other aspect of this book was WONDERFUL. ...more
Sophia Alexis Books
I'm giving this two stars solely for the last like 30 pages, the rest of the book was just one giant No from me.

My biggest gripe was that this book completely ruined everything that happened in the first one. Like I get that we were supposed to see characters in a different light but this book just completely did a 180 on certain characters.

Also, there was basically no plot until the last 150ish pages.

So yeah I didn't like this book until the very end. Overall, 2 stars
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
After reading the mesmerising Lament, I was eagerly awaiting this book with so much anticipation, that I wondered on more than one occasion, whether the story would live up to my expectations. For those of you who know me, I am a serious Maggie fan girl, heck; I even started a fan forum for her. This does not mean I am biased, it just means that I respect wonderful pieces of literature and give them the praise they are due.

Ballad starts right where Lament left off; James and Dee have enrolled a
Intriguing follow-up to Lament

After reading Maggie Stiefvater's first novel, Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, a few months ago and loving it (as my previous review on it can attest), I waited impatiently for Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie to come out. I dove into it this past weekend, and though I enjoyed it a great deal, it didn't bind me like Lament did.

Ballad picks up a few months after Dee and James barely survive their first harrowing experiences with the world of Faerie. Dee has left
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Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Maggie' Stiefvater’s writing really is so addictive. It hooks you right from the start and seems to flow with a lyric all of its own. When I first read Lament, I was left wanting to learn more about one character in particular- James. There were quick little glimpses into his character, but not enough to satisfy my curiosity about him. I hoped that in the sequel we'd get to learn more about him. Let me just say, if you felt the same way- then Ballad will not disappoint you. Right from page one I ...more
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New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been formed by a desire to leave a mark, resulting in spray-painted cars, sharpie-covered computer printers, ink-splattered walls, and stories told in books, in magazines, and on stages. Maggie Stiefvater l

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