Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Books of Faerie, #2) By Maggie Stiefvater

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Books of Faerie, #2)
By Maggie Stiefvater
(Kindle Edition)

James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless. As Halloween-the day of the dead-draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala's life and his soul.

While I was reading Ballad I kept comparing it to Lament… and Ballad came up short.  Deirdre and James are living on the same school campus but are living separate lives.  Be prepared to be disappointed with Stiefvater's portrayal of Deirdre, she is no longer the strong heroine… she’s now miserable, weak and mostly absent in Ballad.  Anyone who was a fan of James (which I am) in the first book will be pleased; he is now the main character along with Nuala, the faerie that comes for James soul.  Overall this book was enjoyable, but not as pleasing as Lament.  I would recommend both books, especially to those who have enjoyed the Wicked Lovely series.


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