Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
A Gathering of Faerie

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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL SHIVER

"Ballad is giddy, intoxicating, and threatening all at once. —Tamora Pierce

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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Praise for Ballad:

"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

 

About Maggie Stiefvater

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Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the bestselling Shiver Trilogy (Shiver, Linger and Forever). She attended Mary Washington College, graduating with a B.A. in history. She is also an artist, equestrian, musician, and technical editor. She enjoys writing full time from her home in Virginia.
 
Published October 8, 2009 by Flux. 353 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fantasy Literature

(Despite Ballad‘s contemplative pace, though, it’s much more compact than Tam Lin, so you may also like Ballad if you thought Dean took too long to get to the faerie stuff.) James’, Nuala’s, and Dee’s story arcs lead to the same place, a tense climax that threatens to destroy all of the characte...

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