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Where The Wolves Read

A blog where I review mostly books. I also review, if my appetite allows, movies, music, and video games. Enjoy the feast!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Lament and Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

So these are both faerie books and they are amazing. Ballad is my favorite, but let's start with Lament first since it is the first one.

Lament is in Dee's point of view. She's an amazing singer and harpist and that attracts the attention of faeries. It gets complicated when she finds out she's a cloverhand, a person that can see fey. She meets Luke who plays the flute and they are instantly attracted to each other. Add James, Dee's best friend, in the mix and you have for an interesting love triangle. James has a touch of psychic in him. This book introduces a new kind of faerie; one that bases its life on music. Very beautifully written, and with a heart-wrenching decision at the end this is definitely a beautifully written story. I give this one 4/5.

Ballad is in James' and Nuala's point of view. James and Dee are going to school called Thornking-Ash which is a school for kids with major musical talent that attracts fey. Dee does have a slight narrative in the book through texts after a few chapters. Even the teachers know about the fey, and they all try to protect the students from the fey. I just have to say that in Ballad I really hated Dee. I won't say any more because it would probably contain spoilers. Loved James though, and I really liked Nuala too. This also ends with a heart-wrenching choice, but it ends a little differently than in Lament. Again very beautifully written, and I give this one 5/5 stars.

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