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Tuesday 12 February 2013

Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

Title:- Ballad
Publisher:- Scholastic
First Published:- May 2, 2011

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Goodreads Synopsis
In this mesmerizing sequel to "Lament", music prodigy James Morgan has joined his best friend, Deirdre, at a private conservatory for musicians. James' almost unearthly gift for music has attracted the dangerous attentions of Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together leads James and Nuala down an unexpected road of mutual admiration ...and love. Haunted by a vision of raging fire and death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soulscorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.


Ballad wasn't really a sequel per-se. This book concentrated on James whilst Dee only made some cameo appearances via text messages. Every 2nd chapter had text messages from Dee so we knew what was happening with her, but generally the story was about James and his introduction into the fey world. You would easily be able to read Ballad without reading Lament and you'd still be able to understand what was going on. However, I'd still recommend reading Lament, because although it wasn't as great as Ballad it was still an extremely well written story.

Had I been able to give halves for stars, I would have given Lament 4.5 stars because I felt that Ballad was definitely a bit better if not a lot better than Lament. It wasn't the story, Maggie Stiefvater's writing is always poetic, lyrical with lots of background lore that I love, but James is such a better character than Dee.

James Morgan is extremely cheeky, funny and sarcastic, I just loved the dialogue and James' character in general. I think James' character really made Ballad into the awesomeness that it is! 

With an extremely well thought out storyline, amusing characters and Stiefvater's engrossing writing made Ballad a very enjoyable read. I would always highly recommend Stiefvater's books, but Ballad has so far been my favourite of all her books.



Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I have not read anything by this author but this sounds interesting and I am glad you enjoyed it


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