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Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

Books of Faerie #2

Goodreads rating: 3.79

352 pages

Published: 1st October 2009

ISBN13: 9780738714844

My rating: 3

I really enjoyed this book much more than the first one, Lament. Ballad had more enjoyable characters and an interesting story line.

While Lament is about Dee, Ballad is about her best friend James. James is a talented bagpipe player who is supernaturally sensitive, meaning he can see and sense some faeries. This book unlike the first one is not a stereotypical boy meets girl love story, the characters have more emotional depth and wisdom. James meets the Leanan Sidhe who calls herself Nuala and the story of their unconventional relationship is funny and relatable. While this is still a love story it is not the love at first sight (soul stealing) kind.

If you enjoyed the Wicked Lovely series or just books on Faerie this will be a good read for you.

Synopsis:

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.

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