"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.


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

October 8, 2009  |  353 pages
(Rated on May 26, 2016)
Grade: B    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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Ballad was James' story. Since he shadowed Deirdre (Dee) in Lament it was time for him to shine, or be tested by "Them" so in walks Nuala into James' life. Unlike Dee he learned to NOT TRUST the faeries because of the Summer before showing up at Thornking-Ash (the conservatory school, for musical geniuses) It is apparent that Dee and James have a strained friendship. It also bugs me that Dee never sends her texts. Without James in Dee's life, she of course gets herself in trouble. On the o