BALLAD by Maggie Stiefvater

Ballad, A Gathering of Fey
By Maggie Stiefvater

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738714844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738714844


"Ballad is giddy, intoxicating, and threatening all at once. It is a sheer edge-read: you feel like you stand on a cliff through every scene, only barely clinging to the world, not knowing who is coming up behind you!"
—Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of the
Protector of the Small Quartet

"With its razor wit, compelling characters, and deliriously beautiful prose, Ballad will make you laugh and gasp out loud even as it breaks your heart."
—R.J. Anderson, author of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter

"Maggie Stiefvater excels at writing wonderfully complex characters who face wickedly impossible obstacles. Ballad had me hooked until the pulse-pounding end. Readers who loved Lament will devour Ballad and plead for more!"
—Carrie Ryan, author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Remember us, so sing the dead, lest we remember you

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.

I've read all three of Maggie's books that have been released and I've not been disappointed. I love her poetic writing style and particularly in this book, her mixing of folklore and modern life. Like LAMENT, I couldn't put this book down. It grabbed my attention from page one and held it all the way through to the end. I was happy to see James, a character from LAMENT get his own story. BALLAD is the sequel to LAMENT, but you do not have to read LAMENT to enjoy it.

Definately a keeper. I'm putting it on my to-be-read-again shelf, right next to LAMENT and SHIVER.

You can also check out reviews on each of Maggie's books at

Jess is much better at reviews than I.


Laurie T. said...

I'm looking forward to reading "Ballad." I loved "Lament." I agree, I enjoy her style of writing. Lovely prose. I'm going to give "Shiver" another chance and finish it soon.

Jessica Kennedy said...

Glad to hear it! I received it the other day. I'm starting Catching Fire next though! I'll get to Ballad shortly after!

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