Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie

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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL SHIVER Remember us, so sing the dead, lest we remember you James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless. As Halloween--the day of the dead--draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala's life and his soul.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 20.57mm | 317.51g
  • FLUX
  • United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 0738714844
  • 9780738714844
  • 45,800

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"Readers of Holly Black's Tithe (2002) or Charles de Lint's The Blue Girl (2004) will enjoy this rich foray into faerie. The book's backdrop, so firmly rooted in Celtic myth, is scary, mysterious, magical, and horrifying." --Booklist "Ballad is giddy, intoxicating, and threatening all at once." --Tamora Pierce
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About Maggie Stiefvater

After a tumultuous past as a history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor, and equestrian artist, Maggie Stiefvater is now a full-time writer and New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver trilogy, The Scorpio Races, and The Raven Boys. Her debut series, the Books of Faerie, is published by Flux. Maggie lives in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, four neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki. Follow her on Twitter at @mstiefvater, and visit her online at
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Rating details

16,509 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 29% (4,820)
4 33% (5,522)
3 27% (4,449)
2 8% (1,313)
1 2% (405)

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After having survived a harrowing encounter with murderous faeries, James is looking forward to leaving it all behind and attending Thornking-Ash School of Music. Unfortunately, his dealings with the faerie world aren't over. His gift for music has attracted the attention of Nuala, a faerie muse who feeds on the creativity of those she inspires. Nuala collaborates with James on a stunning musical composition, and James starts to fall for her. It seems Nuala is falling for James, as well, and it puts them both in danger. As Halloween approaches, James is thrust into the middle of a battle with the Faerie Queen and the King of the Dead to save Nuala's life and his own soul. This glimpse into the darker side of the faerie world is as hauntingly beautiful as the bagpipes James plays. James was one of my favorite characters in LAMENT, and I'm thrilled to have spent time with him again in BALLAD. Stiefvater's remarkable characters, combined with lyrical prose and kick butt plotting, bring James' story to life in a way that has stayed with me long after I've closed the book cover. I hope to be carried off into the faerie world by Stiefvater again in the future. *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
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