Lament & Ballad – Maggie Stiefvater


I bought these books because I had enjoyed Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver series and liked the idea of a faerie story, something I hadn’t yet read about.

The first book Lament is about a girl called Dee who discovers she can see faeries (also known as a cloverhand) when a mystery boy appears in her life, his name is Luke and Dee finds herself very attracted to him from the start.  There is a lot more to Luke than meets the eye and although Luke is unable to tell her what he really is she eventually finds out.  Dee also has a best friend called James who is clearly in love with her but she has no idea how he feels.  There are many dangerous twists and turns in the story and a lovely musical element with Dee, James and Luke all being very talented musicians.  The end of this story sees Dee having to make a very difficult choice, I think the choice she made was definitely the right one!

In Ballad the story follows James as he attends a school for people with great musical talents, what he won’t admit to everyone is that he only enrolled because Dee did.  He still has strong feelings for her but events in this story make him question those feelings and he ends up with an unlikely and perhaps dangerous love interest.  There was also a  difficult choice to be made at the end of this book and again I feel the right choice was made.  This book has just as much magical dangerous moments as the first and that kept me reading until I had finished it.

There were moments in both of these books when I had no idea what was going on but that was definitely part of the attraction – I had to read on to find out what things meant and of course what was going to happen next.  I would have liked to have had a bit more information about what was now going on with Dee and Luke in this book but maybe that just added to the overall mysterious feel of it.

Reading both of these books felt magical, dangerous, mysterious and even weird in some places.  I would love to know what happens to these characters next so I’m looking forward to the final installment.


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