Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie by Maggie Stiefvater

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


Summary from 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."


Rating:

This was way better than Lament! 

I love James! He was goofy, cocky and really such an interesting character. I enjoyed reading the book in his point of view as well as Nuala’s. Both had such amazing personalities that made you laugh and cry the same time they felt it throughout the story. 

The first few chapters was a bit slow but enough to let the reader settle into the atmosphere of the story. Then every other chapter just kept me flipping and flipping, eager to know what would happen next. I loved James and Nuala’s story. It was funny and romantic and just plain great! 



Although, there were a bit of details left unanswered. I’m still wondering what happened to Luke? I’d expected to see a bit of him in Ballad since Lament showed no doubt how much it pained Dee and Luke to be apart. Brendan and Una happened to be significant but Luke wasn’t? It’s was just too big of a deal to leave him out. Still, if it was just to focus on James, this was really, really, and I mean REALLY good to read and I’d read it over again and again. 

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