Ballad & Dagger – Blog Tour Review

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BALLAD & DAGGER by Daniel José Older Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:

Title: BALLAD & DAGGER (Outlaw Saints #1)

Author: Daniel José Older

Pub. Date: May 3, 2022

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 384


Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Daniel José Older’s music-and-magic-filled YA urban fantasy about two teens who discover each other and their powers during a political battle within a unique diaspora community.

Almost sixteen years ago, Mateo Matisse’s island homeland disappeared into the sea. Weary and hopeless, the survivors of San Madrigal’s sinking escaped to New York.

While the rest of his tight-knit Brooklyn diaspora community dreams of someday finding a way back home, Mateo–now a high school junior and piano prodigy living with his two aunts (one who’s alive, the other not so much)–is focused on one thing: getting the attention of locally-grown musical legend Gerval. Mateo finally gets his chance on the night of the Grand Fete, an annual party celebrating the blended culture of pirates, Cuban Santeros, and Sephardic Jews that created San Madrigal all those centuries ago.

But the evil that sank their island has finally caught up with them, and on the night of the celebration, Mateo’s life is forever changed when he witnesses a brutal murder by a person he thought he knew.

Suddenly Mateo is thrust into an ancient battle that spans years and oceans. Deadly secrets are unraveled and Mateo awakens a power within himself–a power that not only links him to the killer but could also hold the key to unlocking the dark mystery behind his lost homeland.

From the author of the award-winning Shadowshaper Cypher series comes the first novel in the Outlaw Saints duology–a brilliant story that will transport readers to a world where magic, myth, and gods reign over the streets of Brooklyn.

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD,


This book was filled with so much adventure. I loved learning about the different cultures of San Madrigal in this high intense YA fantasy! I thought the characters were so unique and exciting to get to know. I enjoyed the friendships and family ties throughout the story.

The writing was well done. You can really tell it was written by a well seasoned author and it made the story that much more immersive. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fast-paced highly intense ride that blends culture, mythology, and music together beautifully. I can’t wait for book two and definitely plan to pick up more of Daniel’s books to enjoy!

About Daniel José Older:

Daniel José Older is a New York Times best-selling author and story architect. He has published fourteen novels and numerous short stories and essays, and he is a regular comics writer for Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures and Marvel. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the World Fantasy Award. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic, and hear his music at, as well as on YouTube, @djolder on Twitter, @danieljose1 on Instagram, and @danieljoseolder on TikTok. He and his family live in New Orleans.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of BALLAD & DAGGER, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

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5/3/2022Rajiv’s ReviewsReview/IG Post
5/4/2022Emmiepooh2IG Review
5/5/2022@bujos_n_booksIG Review
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5/7/2022Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelfIG Review

Week Two:

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5/9/2022Library of Alexandria ArchivesReview/IG Post
5/10/2022Book-KeepingReview/IG Post
5/11/2022Pages_and_ProcrastinatonReview/IG Post
5/12/2022@drewsim12IG Review/TikTok Post
5/13/2022A Court of Coffee and BooksReview/IG Post
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Week Three:

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5/16/2022Bri’s BookishIG Review
5/17/2022A Backwards StoryReview/IG Post
5/18/2022The Clever ReaderReview/IG Post
5/19/2022Lifestyle of MeReview
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Week Four:

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5/24/2022The Bookwyrm’s DenReview
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Week Five:

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5/31/2022Kait Plus BooksReview/IG Post/TikTok Post

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