November 19, 2011

Review: Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Books of Faerie #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

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.


Once again this author surprises me, with her imaginative writing and twisting plot. Making this a wickedly delicious Faerie Tale. It grabs you by the hand and leads you into the middle of the Fey world. Once you step into the Faerie ring it is very hard to stop dancing and step out again. I love the way you lose yourself in this story. Never a dull moment. Loaded with magical adventure. Intensely complex characters play out their parts wonderfully. Even the not so nice ones. A brilliant mixture of magical music, myths, legends and a highly intoxicating love story. I started reading and six short hours later, to my amazement, I was at the end of the journey. I could not put it down. Very recommended. Lament & Balled are must reads!
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by~Mechele
~Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your future book program!~

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