Ballad is the companion book to Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception. I had just finished Lament, and rushed to pick up Ballad.Lament is Deirdre's story and Ballad belongs to James. Ballad picks up where Lament left off, and James and Dee are now attending a musicians conservatory. Things are a little awkward between them after James confessed his feelings in Lament. James meets Nuala, a fairy who is drawn to his musical talents. I was happy to read James POV in this story, since he was one of my favorite characters in Lament. However, I wish there was a little of Dee's POV to help me better understand what was going on with her. I did not enjoy her character as much in this book. And sadly we do not hear much from Luke at all. All the same, this was another compelling installment in the series that hooked me from beginning to end. Another great read from Maggie Stiefvater. Not sure if she is continuing this series, but I would love to read more!