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Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Gathering of Fairie (PB)) [Library Binding]

Maggie Stiefvater
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  • Library Binding: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; 1 edition (Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606146091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606146098
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,563,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maggie Stiefvater is a young writer, artist, and musician. She is the author of the Books of Faerie, the New York Times bestselling Shiver trilogy and the new standalone novel, The Scorpio Races. She lives in rural Virginia with her husband and their two young children. Maggie says her greatest literary influences for the Shiver trilogy were Crow Lake and The Time Traveler's Wife "because they tell quiet, bittersweet love stories."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel to Lament. 12 Jan 2010
Not all sequels work but this one does and how!

This time around, it is not Dee who is pursued by 'Them', but James. He and Dee now attend the prestigious music school Thornking Ash where he is pursuing his dream to become a better Piper (bagpiper).

He has unwittingly attracted the attention of one of the Leanan Sidhe who are Faerie but not quite Faerie (yes, that's right) and are also deadly to humans. Their aim is to give you something like inspiration for your music and in return you give them some of your years (life).

If you love Celtic mythology and lore and of course stories about the Sidhe then you will find this book utterly irrestible. It has elements of love, hatred, resentment, bravery, forgiveness in it plus a whole load of horror although not the slash, maul genre. It is both threatening and mindblowing.

Maggie Stiefvater certainly knows how to weave a story so expertly that you will want to read this book in one go and then you will be sorry when you have finished it. I am hoping that she will maybe turn this series into a trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed,I cried....I loved!!! 12 Feb 2010
Ballad is a follow on from Lament and this book focuses on the life, love and faerie dealings of Dee's best friend James.Both Dee and James have gone to Thornking-Ash musical school and everything seems reasonably normal except that Dee is still moarning Luke, James is still in love with Dee and strange music keeps calling to James in the middle of the night.
I love Maggie Stiefvater's writing style and i am very pleased to say that Ballad is a beautiful follow up from Lament. There are some new characters all of which you will have strong feelings about and as the book focuses mostly on James, who was my favourite character from Lament, you will be swept into a world of music,fey and love that will leave you with the inevitable feeling of loss that you get after finishing a Stiefvater.Love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thrilling 8 April 2014
By Kirsten
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great read, interesting story. Kept teenager engaged for a few hours. Will be picking up further books by this author in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ballad 15 Feb 2014
By Kaz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
aaaaahh frustration, ok I'll be honest I really didn't care whether that character lived or died near the end!!! need I say more. LOL i just didn't relate at all.

Overall I love Maggie Stiefvater stories and Ballad did not disappoint.
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This is my review from Goodreads.
I can't actually explain what I like so much about this book.

I mean, maybe it's James. He's hilarious, he's sarcastic, and there's this bitter edge to his words that makes you feel perhaps he has a reason for being funny -- perhaps he's trying to hide something deeper. His brilliant musicianship isn't just an accessory to his life: it defines him and who he is. He isn't a character who plays instruments: he IS a musician.

Maybe it's Nuala. She's also a great character, in a different way. Longing and danger and hope are all wound up in her voice, which is tinged with confusion as things she thought would last forever start to close. I'm a sucker for doomed characters, and if anyone's doomed it's a leanán sidhe destined to burn every 16 years.

Maybe it's the way emotions are written -- the way Maggie Stiefvater portrays James's hopeless unrequited feelings for Dee, the way their friendship comes across, the way major confessions aren't blown off but explored in depth as they would in real life. It's realistic and speaking as someone who has been in a similar position, it's nice to see it handled in that way, instead of being blown way out of proportion or brushed off as unimportant.

Maybe it's the faeries and the king of the dead and the magic and the mythology, because they've always been close to my heart and a book that winds them so cleverly together is going to be very special to me.

I don't really know.

I mean, this book isn't 100% perfect. At least, the more I read it the better it seems, and it was pretty damn good to start with. There are literally about two lines in it that I'd change because they always bugged me -- a slight repetition of ideas.
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