Ballad, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


In this sequel to LAMENT, faeries follow James and Dee to Thornking-Ash boarding school, where James struggles with his feelings for Dee and for a dangerous faerie muse called Nuala.

When Halloween plunges both Dee and Nuala into danger, James finds he can only save one. Another creepy, beautiful fantasy set in the vicious world of faerie.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9781407121123



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This book was okay. One of those books that you don't realise that you lie until you're halfway through. It was frustrating after the brilliance of the first book, from Dee's perspective, whereas this book is from James' and Nula's perspectives. The only input Dee has are stupid text talks that makes it difficult to understand what is happening to her throughout the book. I found that I would have enjoyed it a lot more if there were some more Luke and Dee.

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The Sequel to Lament. James knows that Dee's heart belongs to Faerie and this upsets him but he still loves her and wants to help her find a way to live well. The two of them are now boarders at the Thornking-Ash School of music and while there's little the school can offer James in the way of music education he's still finding things to be interesting. There's a lot of faerie around and he's not sure who to trust, but he knows that he can't trust the woman who calls herself Nuala. By the end of the story he will have to make some hard decisions and these will have repercussions.Oh wow, I was a little reluctant to read this as I really enjoyed Lament. Sequels often don't work as well as the original story. Maggie Stiefvater really gets the musicians in this, I played music when I was younger and while I wasn't at this level I did meet some who were. Almost consumed by the music and needing to play as often as possible. James wasn't as prominent in the previous story but this is his story, and it's a good one, he's interesting, and shows that he's learned from the past and will continue to learn. I want to read more by this author.

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