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This review is from: Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Gathering of Faerie (Paperback)) (Paperback)
I must admit that I was nervous about reading this when I realised that focus was now on James rather than Dee. I needn't have worried. This is written in the same haunting style and I read it with a growing sense of foreboding about the finale. It was gripping.
James and Dee are both attending the school for the musically gifted, Thornking Ash. They are not speaking really following the events of Lament. Although James still cares for Dee and misses her terribly, he keeps his distance and she is a shadow of her former self. Maggie Stiefvater cleverly keeps us clued in to what Dee is thinking and feeling by interspersing text messages that she has composed but never sent to James, between the chapters. James himself is a little lost. There is no-one skilled enough to teach him at the school and he is distracted by the appearance of Nuala, a rather dangerous but attractive member of the Leanan Sidhe.
The story develops in a very engaging way. Maggie Stiefvater is brilliant at building atmosphere and painting a picture in your mind. Like Lament, I found myself reading the final chapters at great speed, desperate to see how it could possibly be concluded.
I highly recommend this book of you enjoyed Lament or if you like Melissa Marr's books. You could read this as a stand alone, but it would be more enjoyable if you do read the first book.