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Ballad : a gathering of faerie
Maggie Stiefvater
Teen Fiction STIEFVA

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Summary: FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL SHIVER "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

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main characters Deirdre Monaghan
Age: 16
Gifted harpist; suffers from stage fright that makes her physically ill; enrolls in a school of gifted musicians; mourning Luke whom she is not sure is even alive anymore.

James Morgan
Deidre's best friend; plays the bagpipe; hopelessly in love with her Deirdre even though she does not return the feeling; saved her from the faeries; followed her to a school for gifted musicians in order to be near her; becomes attracted to Nuala.

Muse; gifts her chosen humans with artistic abilities and then feeds on their souls until they die.

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