by Maggie Stiefvater
Ballad is the sequel to Stiefvater’s Lament. Maggie Stiefvater is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors; she has a gift of taking subjects that I previously had no interest in and making them so fascinating that I can’t turn away.
This is an author that has respect for the side characters. In this sequel, Stiefvater focuses on James who previously shows up as Dierdre’s best friend in the first book. James is incredible. He is snarky and dark and humorous and intelligent and after a few chapters I didn’t miss Dierdre at all.
The book follows the two as they attend a special music school trying to escape their previous interaction with the fey. Immediately James finds himself surrounded by more than he bargained for, and his relationship with Dierdre is strained and awkward. We hear from her mostly in unsent text messages between chapters.
This is another book that I read straight through in two days, and while I still love Raven Boys the best, James and his habit of writing premonitions across his hands captured my interest. Check it out!