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For star-crossed lovers Nimira and Erris, there can be no happily ever after until Erris is freed from the clockwork form in which his soul is trapped. And so they go in search of the sorcerer Ordorio Valdana, hoping he will know how to grant Erris real life again. When they learn that Valdana has mysteriously vanished, it's not long before Nimira decides to take matters i For star-crossed lovers Nimira and Erris, there can be no happily ever after until Erris is freed from the clockwork form in which his soul is trapped. And so they go in search of the sorcerer Ordorio Valdana, hoping he will know how to grant Erris real life again. When they learn that Valdana has mysteriously vanished, it's not long before Nimira decides to take matters into her own hands—and begins to study the sorcerer's spell books in secret. Yet even as she begins to understand the power and limitations of sorcery, it becomes clear that freeing Erris will bring danger—if not out-and-out war—as factions within the faerie world are prepared to stop at nothing to prevent him from regaining the throne.


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For star-crossed lovers Nimira and Erris, there can be no happily ever after until Erris is freed from the clockwork form in which his soul is trapped. And so they go in search of the sorcerer Ordorio Valdana, hoping he will know how to grant Erris real life again. When they learn that Valdana has mysteriously vanished, it's not long before Nimira decides to take matters i For star-crossed lovers Nimira and Erris, there can be no happily ever after until Erris is freed from the clockwork form in which his soul is trapped. And so they go in search of the sorcerer Ordorio Valdana, hoping he will know how to grant Erris real life again. When they learn that Valdana has mysteriously vanished, it's not long before Nimira decides to take matters into her own hands—and begins to study the sorcerer's spell books in secret. Yet even as she begins to understand the power and limitations of sorcery, it becomes clear that freeing Erris will bring danger—if not out-and-out war—as factions within the faerie world are prepared to stop at nothing to prevent him from regaining the throne.

30 review for Magic Under Stone

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    Magic Under Stone FAQ: Will there be another book? I really felt I could have written a third book, but I was asked to wrap it up in this book, so I certainly tried, but there is no Big! Conclusive! Epilogue! I don't know when I'll have the time but I'd love to write something about the characters after this, perhaps a novella e-book or something if nothing else. The thing about a good world is, it's hard to ever want to leave! And yet, there are new stories to explore. I still feel pretty happy w Magic Under Stone FAQ: Will there be another book? I really felt I could have written a third book, but I was asked to wrap it up in this book, so I certainly tried, but there is no Big! Conclusive! Epilogue! I don't know when I'll have the time but I'd love to write something about the characters after this, perhaps a novella e-book or something if nothing else. The thing about a good world is, it's hard to ever want to leave! And yet, there are new stories to explore. I still feel pretty happy with how this book worked out. What other countries is this released in? As far as I've been told, only the US and Canada, with this cover, although I've seen it reported as coming in Spain on some Spanish blogs. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Winter Rose

    I adored the first book, "Magic Under Glass", but this sequel really fell short for me. In this follow up, Nimira continues to search for a way to break Erris's curse. Along the way she has the help from old friends and new. While I appreciate the level of realism the author captures in the characters emotions and relationships, I grew tired of Nimira's whining and Erris' childish behavior. I definitely felt the characters were all quite complex and believable, but the majority of the book felt l I adored the first book, "Magic Under Glass", but this sequel really fell short for me. In this follow up, Nimira continues to search for a way to break Erris's curse. Along the way she has the help from old friends and new. While I appreciate the level of realism the author captures in the characters emotions and relationships, I grew tired of Nimira's whining and Erris' childish behavior. I definitely felt the characters were all quite complex and believable, but the majority of the book felt like Nimira complaining rather than doing anything and I eventually found myself growing rather annoyed with her, Erris and Violet very quickly. For me, it really dragged the book down and slowed the pace because so much emphasis was placed on this aspect of the story rather than propelling it forward. Additionally, I felt that this became more Ifra's story than anyone else's. Which might not be a bad thing considering I felt he was the most interesting and compelling character in the book. It was odd how much focus he had, but I found his chapters a much needed relief to Nimira's constant moaning over her relationship with Erris. The other thing that bothered me was how rushed the ending felt. So much happens in such a short amount of time that I feel as if alot of reactions were brushed under the rug and glazed over. It was bizarre. It wasn't all bad though. Again, I love the world the author sets up (though I wish she had made more of a distinction between the faeries and humans than just "faeries like nature, humans like techonology" thing. I wanted more substantial and intristinc differences between them, personally). The characters are interesting, complex and believable. And I love that she doesn't go about being totally predictable about how things happen. In my opinion, there was alot of good stuff here and the story had potential but it didn't come together as a coherent piece for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nafiza

    I truly liked the first book in this series. The idea of being in love with the soul of a person rather than the physical body was just such a novel concept that it immediately drew me in. The first novel, too, was an enchanting mix of the quixotic with old world, traditional storylines. You know, fairy kings, dastardly villains, a dancer girl, a Jane Eyresque romance story – so you can understand why I was so keen to check out Magic Under Stone. I felt that I would be in store for another insta I truly liked the first book in this series. The idea of being in love with the soul of a person rather than the physical body was just such a novel concept that it immediately drew me in. The first novel, too, was an enchanting mix of the quixotic with old world, traditional storylines. You know, fairy kings, dastardly villains, a dancer girl, a Jane Eyresque romance story – so you can understand why I was so keen to check out Magic Under Stone. I felt that I would be in store for another installment of the loveliness that so enchanted me in the first novel. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that. Nimira didn’t just not retain the charm she had in the first book, she went one step ahead and became one of the most annoying, self-absorbed protagonists I have had the misfortune of reading. Her treatment of Erris’s niece turned me off completely and I really don’t understand what happened. Erris becomes a cardboard character – in fact, the entire novel felt to me a series of incidences forcibly linked together to create a facsimile of a continuous narrative. Me no gusta. I don’t know whether it is me who has changed as a reader or it is the writing in the book that has changed. I just found Nimi’s whining about Erris’s inability to move their relationship into a physical realm grating as well as her “flirting” with her ex-fiance. But don’t trust my word for it, make up your mind. I am sure there are other people who liked it and perhaps they’d offer you a better look into it. I, however, did not find it to my liking.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kitkat

    I liked the ending how everything wrapped up. But I'm not going to start with the characters Also I wanted to see them get crowned a couple of months later. It was just like Oh you except to be queen yay! That's it! I liked the ending how everything wrapped up. But I'm not going to start with the characters Also I wanted to see them get crowned a couple of months later. It was just like Oh you except to be queen yay! That's it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Thank God it's over. Review later, maybe. ~Later~ This book. This book was pretty boring. I had enjoyed the first one because it was a light, fun, magical book featuring an automaton. But none of that charm was present here. Instead, I got new, half-baked characters and a whiny Nim and Erris. All Nim and Erris do in this book is whine about their relationship, or lack of one. Erris pushes Nim away for no reason and then gets jealous just because Nim happens to be writing letters to some chap from Thank God it's over. Review later, maybe. ~Later~ This book. This book was pretty boring. I had enjoyed the first one because it was a light, fun, magical book featuring an automaton. But none of that charm was present here. Instead, I got new, half-baked characters and a whiny Nim and Erris. All Nim and Erris do in this book is whine about their relationship, or lack of one. Erris pushes Nim away for no reason and then gets jealous just because Nim happens to be writing letters to some chap from the first book. There was absolutely no reason for him to be jealous or mad. Ok, what about the plot? This book focuses on Erris's fey origins, yet manages to be dull. A jinn is introduced, and while he feels very out of place, he's more interesting than any of the other characters! The fey kingdom is never fleshed out, nor can I really picture it. The villains here are dull and not threatening at all. Not that is mattered. 75% of the book is Nim, Erris, Nim's relative, and the housekeeper chilling out at some house by the sea. Attempts to learn more magic are hilariously short and have no impact on the plot. And the ending? Don't even get me started on how rushed it was and how it didn't answer a bunch of questions I had. What a disappointment this book was. Don't bother.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erica (storybookend)

    Oh, I'm so excited for this book! Oh, I'm so excited for this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deviki

    Oh boy, this must be another year of me finishing my reading goals with a low rating of a book I was hoping to be a 4 star book. I will be very honest here and say this book was a complete let down for me. I will not discourage others from reading this book, however, I will say that this book lacked a lot of the magical traits it had from the first book. *****Spoilers ahead ****** What happened to Nimira in this book ? She is so bloody different from the first book. She is constantly crying, whi Oh boy, this must be another year of me finishing my reading goals with a low rating of a book I was hoping to be a 4 star book. I will be very honest here and say this book was a complete let down for me. I will not discourage others from reading this book, however, I will say that this book lacked a lot of the magical traits it had from the first book. *****Spoilers ahead ****** What happened to Nimira in this book ? She is so bloody different from the first book. She is constantly crying, whining and complaining over everything and anything. She is annoying, self-absorbed and Oh, almost seem like she was planning a rebound plan with Hollin in case a future with Erris doesn't work out. Where is the smart, courageous and unconventional girl from the first book ? Why is she like this in the book ?. I felt like the author was trying so hard to give Nimira "flaws" but OMG it just made her a fucking exasperating character. Really Nimira ? Erris don't even know what the heck kind of alien he turn into and not to mention he just found out that his entire family is killed and if there is ever any hope of even become a living breathing fairy again. Did she forget that his enemies are trying to KILL him!! But nope, Nimira is only concern about lack of attention and affection she is getting from Erris. Not to mention she is quick to judge everyone (like being surprised she was eating with the help - ugh Excuse me!!!) and even treated Violet with a cold shoulder. Are you freaking kidding me ? She is getting jealous of Erris for showing attention to his only living blood relative? Who I remind you, was nearly dying when they finally met her ? What the heck? Also what is Nimira's bloody problem with Hollin ? Are you kidding me ? The moment Erris starts brooding away you suddenly start "connecting" with Hollin ? The dude who trapped his wife in his mansion for two years ? Seriously gurl ?!! Nimira hardly did anything besides constant whining and crying. She didn't try to plan out anything....she just didn't do much and the story freaking drag on and on and on and on......They arrive at Ordorio's house in Chapter 2 and nothing happens until Chapter 9 which is where the Jinn shows up briefly and again after that the story drags on and on until Chapter 19 where they finally had to face the Jinn again with angry town mob. Until then, anything that happens in between those chapters is lukewarm, just page fillers for me. Erris, oh gosh. Yes buddy, I know what happened to you is tragic. But dude time to put your sorrows aside and avenge your family's assassination. I know that he went through a lot. Waking up in an automation body and being stuck in it for 30 years. But I never seen Erris ask himself how is he going to get justice for his family, get the throne back and make his cousin/enemy pay for their treason. Instead, all Erris ever did was getting scared of ruling the fairy throne, he is afraid of what is expected of him by his subjects, he is scared he will never become "normal" again. Ok the automation alien part...I understand until there is a reassuring news about become a living fairy again, Erris has all the rights to dwell in his misery. However, the more I read this book the more I keep getting the "loser" brand labelled on his forehead. If he can't see himself become the king then do something about it. Teach your annoying lil niece to understand her expected role. But how can a donkey teach another donkey to become a stallion? *gosh, I sound so harsh*. Erris is such a forgettable character in this book. Again without his POV, he is just another side character in this book that is pushing away everyone who is trying to help him. Although with how the story is written, I highly doubt I want to read another whiny and antsy teen's POV. Violet, If ever there is a person asking to be slapped on the back of head, she is the person for it. OMG, Yes yes, I understand this kid grew up in isolation, starving for attention and freedom. But come on!! OMG she is so naive that I just ....I just can't deal with this girl. I am so sad that Ifra ended up with her. She was so annoying but I get that it's related to her upbringing, but she doesn't even sound intelligent. After she is kidnapped by Ifra, she asked him when he is gonna kiss her ? WTH is up with some women in this book ? Acting like some desperate virgin in waiting...ugh. I'm sorry to say after she arrived at the fairy castle....anything involving her and her unpretentious self I skipped automatically ......not even her romance with Ifra helped me to keep reading......I skipped a lot when it come to her side of the story. Gosh.....I just can't We waited so long for Ordorio to arrive and it was so bloody brief. Like .....really ? Characters that saved this book (for me) :- Ifra, I find him to be the most absorbing character in this book. I loved the concept of jinn, their history, their "lifestyle" if you can call it that and well you know what...everything about him and his jinn life was intriguing. I liked this dude a lot. He really saved this book. If you are wondering, yes he is the other main protagonist with his own POV. We learn more about him throughout this book though his character development. I liked reading about a Jinn's condition, bounds and rules-awesome insight :) Although in a way ......I still feel like Violet is ill matched for him! Celestina, yes she is a minor character but I find her to be very pleasant and companionable. Although, she is pretty much a side one dimensional character, she showed plenty of boldness in facing the town folks and her willingness to learn magic (properly). I wished she had followed them to fairy land because after Chapter 22, there is no more mention of her. Annalie, yes gurl yes if there is anyone who still retain their personality from book one, she is it. I loved this girl!! And I don't blame her at all for not wanting to be with Hollin who is still hoping she would go back to that dainty wife he married. I loved that she wanted to study to become a sorceress and not just whine for male attention. If this took place in modern world Annalie would have said to whiny Nimira "Gurl, mind your goddamned business who I want to love and what I want to do with dammed my life". I liked that she had advance so much in her magical skill and has a very calm and collected personality. After all the mention of Hollin, after Chapter 26, he just "pooff!". I honestly don't find myself caring about Luka and his son's conflict. Maybe I already lost interest in this book by then. I also kept asking myself.....can anyone just learn how to do magic ? I mean Nimira and Celestina could do it from reading some books? If that is so easy why not all human use magic ? I mean it could make life much easier right? Why is Nimira whining about the torture Erris endured by his enemy ? What torture ? Ordorio clearly said that he was caught easily ...didn't even put up a fight.....mere mention of torture he spilled everything and didn't even suffer any physical pain because he was already sleeping when they put him in death sleep ......so why the whining about torture ? Did I miss something ? After everything .......the story ended so abruptly. This is something I notice from the first book too, some thing/event or some character is hyped up for "big reveal" but it just gets by so quickly. Like taking a deep breathe in and letting out tiny sneeze. Like they didn't even show anything like the aftermath of the whole climax scene or how the fairy people reacted after learning about their new king. Nope Nothing...just ended like that..........oh gosh.....I felt so ...robbed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ji Mei

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was really disappointed in this book. I recently read Jane Eyre and I realized that the whole thing is like Jane Eyre except fairies are added to the mix. I still like the first book, but this one seemed written with lower quality and seemed very rushed. Nimira, who was strong and interesting in the first book, was now emotional and impractical too often in this one. I'm not sure why the relationship between Nim and Erris backtracked slightly (maybe it's because I didn't read the series togeth I was really disappointed in this book. I recently read Jane Eyre and I realized that the whole thing is like Jane Eyre except fairies are added to the mix. I still like the first book, but this one seemed written with lower quality and seemed very rushed. Nimira, who was strong and interesting in the first book, was now emotional and impractical too often in this one. I'm not sure why the relationship between Nim and Erris backtracked slightly (maybe it's because I didn't read the series together). The plot was meh and the characters were mostly shallow. The only one interesting, with good background and didn't have a living in wealth was the jinn, Ifra. Oh, and Nimira learns magic just with an "Oh, let's see this works" and poof! it happens. Wow, no real struggles with starting at all? And struggling with moving fire doesn't count at the beginning. And of course Nimira is a natural! Now I'm going to compare this series to Jane Eyre and I'll show you how exasperatingly similar it is. Nimira goes to live in a rich man's mansion (Okay, kind of normal, right?). Well, this house is full of secrets and it turns out that Hollin Parry has hidden his "crazy" wife on the third floor. (The only difference to Jane Eyre is that she isn't crazy exactly, but a sorceress who has spirits hang out with her.) She helps Erris and stuff. So for the second book, Nimira and Erris go to Ordoria Valdana's house in the middle of the woods. (Reminds me of St John's house...) There they discover that Erris has a niece. Violet, the niece, is spoiled, sick all the time, and naive. (Reminds me mostly of Adele, except combined with Lydia Bennet and Colin Craven.) Overall, I waited for at least a year for this book and I was clearly disappointed. I thought the ending was a cop-out (unless the series continues, but I don't see how/why that would happen).

  9. 5 out of 5

    LPJ

    Well, if the first installment in this series was a "diet" novel, this one is positively anorexic. First the good: I liked Ifra, and not just because of my jinn obsession. I loved being in the mind of someone so conflicted whose life was so sad and beyond his control. I guess he is pretty much the extent of the good here. Nim and Erris have relationship issues, what with him being made of gears and wood and all. And while these issues are perfectly understandable, they're boring. Perhaps there's Well, if the first installment in this series was a "diet" novel, this one is positively anorexic. First the good: I liked Ifra, and not just because of my jinn obsession. I loved being in the mind of someone so conflicted whose life was so sad and beyond his control. I guess he is pretty much the extent of the good here. Nim and Erris have relationship issues, what with him being made of gears and wood and all. And while these issues are perfectly understandable, they're boring. Perhaps there's just not enough relationship tension, and neither seems to have much of a character arc. The two travel to a town somewhat near the fairy gate to find a sorcerer who may be able to lift Erris's spell, but instead find a put-upon housekeeper and a spoiled brat of a little girl. And then nothing much happens at all. There's tension with the townspeople, Nim and Erris dance around their feelings and lots of information is given, but very little of it seems to truly push forward the events of the story. The end felt rushed and, honestly, dialed in. I just didn't feel like the author loved this story as much as she did the first one. Characters change their positions and opinions on a whim and we just fly through the climax and then the novel is over before you can blink. And there are lots of things left up in the air, things that we spent a good deal of time hearing about. (view spoiler)[What became of Celestina? Would she just be a maid forever? Annalie? Will she marry Karstor? Did Violet just go back home to her dad? And finally Hollin - we spent SO much time worrying about him and his letters and then that plot thread just falls off the face of the earth. (hide spoiler)] So color me disappointed but I wanted a bit more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennavier

    I originally read Magic Under Glass because I read the blurb on Magic Under Stone and wanted to read the series. I read Glass, loved it, and then eagerly moved on to Stone. But then it sat in a corner gathering dust. Finding it again made me so excited so I jumped right in. Here's the thing. Stone it a very, very different book then Glass. In fact, it lost me about halfway through. I kept reading hopeing it would get better, but it didn't. Most of the book was spent with Nimira and Erris hiding o I originally read Magic Under Glass because I read the blurb on Magic Under Stone and wanted to read the series. I read Glass, loved it, and then eagerly moved on to Stone. But then it sat in a corner gathering dust. Finding it again made me so excited so I jumped right in. Here's the thing. Stone it a very, very different book then Glass. In fact, it lost me about halfway through. I kept reading hopeing it would get better, but it didn't. Most of the book was spent with Nimira and Erris hiding out and getting on each others nerves. A new character is introduced, and while he takes up maybe 10% of the first 60% he takes up half of the last 40% (yes, I read this on a ereader). In fact, the new main character saves the day! He introduces the new antagonist, almost all the plot devices, and the stakes. Nimira and Erris could have just stayed home. Dolamore is such a good writer that I would have read Stone no matter what. I just wish that I'd been able to read the story I picked up the book for.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)

    This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/ Nimira and Erris are trying to find Ordorio Valdana so they can restore Erris to his normal body. However Erris is unhappy and distancing himself from Nimira while Valdana has mysteriously. Therefore Nimira decides to take matters into her own hands. This book introduces new characters but none of them are as interesting as Nimira and Erris even though I could not bond with them as much in the first book. This is a This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/ Nimira and Erris are trying to find Ordorio Valdana so they can restore Erris to his normal body. However Erris is unhappy and distancing himself from Nimira while Valdana has mysteriously. Therefore Nimira decides to take matters into her own hands. This book introduces new characters but none of them are as interesting as Nimira and Erris even though I could not bond with them as much in the first book. This is a really good book and I cannot wait to see what else Dolamore can do.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Lee

    Actual rating: 3.3 stars Very mixed feelings on this book, similar to those of the first book... I don't know how exactly to feel! It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great, either... 12/16/17 Some initial thoughts/critiques after reading: - Some of the characters were confusing in their personalities and traits (sometimes I wasn't exactly sure why a character made a choice they made, and I couldn't pin down why they seemed so... off sometimes. I don't know if that makes any sense, but... it was just overa Actual rating: 3.3 stars Very mixed feelings on this book, similar to those of the first book... I don't know how exactly to feel! It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great, either... 12/16/17 Some initial thoughts/critiques after reading: - Some of the characters were confusing in their personalities and traits (sometimes I wasn't exactly sure why a character made a choice they made, and I couldn't pin down why they seemed so... off sometimes. I don't know if that makes any sense, but... it was just overall not too good of a feeling, both while and after reading. - The magic element in this book was... confusing? unneeded? underdeveloped? Again, I don't exactly know why Dolamore decided to introduce magic into the book/series at such a late time... I just felt like it didn't add much to the plot ((view spoiler)[other than it being a convenient solution to several problems throughout the book—which is especially peeving to witness, because magic is too cool to just be used as a solve-all, you know? (hide spoiler)] ). - This may be just me, but I felt that sometimes the plot moved either too fast or too slow at some points. It wasn't very consistent and felt a little choppy. (A sort of small caveat, actually, but I've always been more conscious of the flow of a story. If that isn't you or if you're fine with that, then this should be no problem!) - The ending!!! Not really a spoiler, but I'll do this anyway (if you really don't want to know anything): (view spoiler)[Right after reading, I'll just come right out and say that the way the story was ended was a huge pass for me! Dolamore hits you in the face with it and just leaves you hanging. When I read all the way to the end, I thought it was a joke... until I realized it wasn't. I was truly disappointed. (hide spoiler)] Overall a very quick, sweet read—nothing astoundingly terrible, but nothing to rave about. I'll add more (hopefully good) thoughts to this review once I've had a chance to sleep on it, though! 01/09/18 Edit: After thinking it over for quite some time, I am sad to say that I am demoting Magic Under Stone to a 3.3 rating (before it was a 3.5). Looking back, the characters were not too good (in that their personalities and actions were confusing and hard to follow), the plot was meh, and the whole book just did not sit that well with me. If I had to choose one word to explain why, it would be disorganized. Target audience would probably be ages twelve to fourteen (12-14).

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elevetha

    2.5 stars. I really felt that this book focused a lot on Ifra. I loved Ifra's character. I did. He is a jinn who is taught never to feel or get emotionally involved in anything. He is obliged to obey any command given by his master. He never wants to do any of those things. He is hurt by everything he's been forced to do. There are two parts of him: the side that has no choice but to carry out the commands and the side that wants nothing more than to repair the damage he's done. I love how, even 2.5 stars. I really felt that this book focused a lot on Ifra. I loved Ifra's character. I did. He is a jinn who is taught never to feel or get emotionally involved in anything. He is obliged to obey any command given by his master. He never wants to do any of those things. He is hurt by everything he's been forced to do. There are two parts of him: the side that has no choice but to carry out the commands and the side that wants nothing more than to repair the damage he's done. I love how, even though he can't actually change what he has to do, he feels for these people that he has hurt and tries to help them in ways they don't quite understand. He sends letters with information concerning their loved ones or the resistance. They can't fathom how someone who kills people and ruins people's lives can turn around and be so sorry. But he is. And I loved him. I also loved how even though he loves Violet; he tells her off when she's being a spoiled brat. He knows she needs to grow up. He knows that she could be a good woman and queen. But she has to mature and grow up. Violet annoyed me. I wanted to like her and what little I did like her was mostly because of Ifra. And I suppose I realized that her life kinda sucked. She had virtually no family. She was spoiled and never told what was wrong or right. She just wanted somebody to love her and she wanted to love in return. She rather latched on to Ifra, which was slightly frustrating at first but.... But I fully believe that, with time, they will be good for each other. I thought that they kissed a little too much but whatevs. Not a huge deal. I would pay money for a book about Ifra or the jinns. Maybe baby Ifra? His earlier masters? But then again, I'd love to see him deal with Violet and (view spoiler)[ be serving Erris as a free man (hide spoiler)] and have this series of events be not so far in the future. Or past, I suppose. Nim seemed extremely one minded. She wanted to get Erris back which, while understandable, didn't leave much room for her worrying about the kingdom or Ifra or Violet or anyone else. That was a bad thing. No one should be so focused on something/someone that they don't seem to care about other things/people. Bad Nim. Also, wisen up Nim!! Just stop writing Hollin, okay? Nim seemed different. She wasn't quite as caring and she just felt a little out of true. Erris was a little mopy and moody at times. I still liked him but...not as much? He seemed a little different, like Nim, esp at the end. Not quite sure what was going on there. Loved (I'll find their names) I really liked that Belin, while misguided and never the nicest person, did the right thing in the end. It really started to feel rushed at the end. Moving too quickly. But it's a happy ending and satisfactory if there is to be no more books in the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Once again, Dolamore's book got off to a slightly slow start. The reason for this was the introduction of a new character, Ifra, whom I did not yet care about. I wanted desperately to hear more about Erris and Nim, and it was disappointing. Well, thankfully, just like in book one, the story soon took off, bringing me along for a magical ride in its firm grasp. There are a slew of new folks in this installment, most importantly Ifra and Violet, a spoiled young girl and relative of Erris. Violet co Once again, Dolamore's book got off to a slightly slow start. The reason for this was the introduction of a new character, Ifra, whom I did not yet care about. I wanted desperately to hear more about Erris and Nim, and it was disappointing. Well, thankfully, just like in book one, the story soon took off, bringing me along for a magical ride in its firm grasp. There are a slew of new folks in this installment, most importantly Ifra and Violet, a spoiled young girl and relative of Erris. Violet could actually inherit if Erris does not survive. At first, I was not wild about these decisions. By the end, I was totally sold. Of course, Violet is mostly annoying, but, one thing I love about Dolamore's writing, is how everything is shades of grey. The characters are all so real, because there are things that annoy me even about my favorites, and sparks of good in the bad guys. Speaking of things that annoy me, much as I love Erris, which I really do, he was driving me crazy! Nim too. He was all mopey and just wanted to be alone all the time. Come on, man. I know your situation sucks, but it's gotten better, so why are you grumpier than when you couldn't move. Sigh. I mean, I get it, but it was painful going through that with the characters. Even the pain is better than if he was constantly perfect, but I just want him to be happy! There was definitely none of the "we're in love so it's us against the world with our perfect relationship" thing that often drives me crazy with YA romances. Despite their feelings for one another, Nim and Erris clearly are having some difficulties. Considering the fact that they had only known one another for a brief period of time and under very extraordinary circumstances it's no wonder that some peace brought complications. They have to form a real life, normal bond...all while he's stuck in a clockwork body. Yikes. Anyway, all of that, even the whiny bits, are just to explain why this book's so good. Life isn't always happy, and that is captured in the book. Still, there are moments of joy, moments that make your toes curl, and moments of hope. Also, I loved seeing Nim coming into her own, becoming a strong woman in more than just guts. I want to end this review with a quote that illustrates just why Dolamore's series is so wonderful. Every heroine should have this mentality, imho: "I am not going to be helpless while some magical villain hauls off the people I love." So says Nimira. This is a wonderful series, and I really hope that more books are coming!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Su

    Fans of Magic Under Glass will be very eager to get their hands on this baby--all the goodies promised at the end of MUG are delivered in full here! We finally get to see just how Erris and Nimira interact as a couple, uncover all the mysteries surrounding Erris's imprisonment in the automaton body, meet some really fun new characters (including a smexy, young djinn, unwillingly bound to serve the current usurper of the fairy throne~), and see the return of some cool secondary characters from bo Fans of Magic Under Glass will be very eager to get their hands on this baby--all the goodies promised at the end of MUG are delivered in full here! We finally get to see just how Erris and Nimira interact as a couple, uncover all the mysteries surrounding Erris's imprisonment in the automaton body, meet some really fun new characters (including a smexy, young djinn, unwillingly bound to serve the current usurper of the fairy throne~), and see the return of some cool secondary characters from book one. I'll refrain from spoiling precisely who and what you're going to get in MUS, but suffice to say girl power is definitely ascendant in this book! And that includes Nim, who decides to take matters into her own hands and picks up some fancy, new skills. ;-D To be completely fair, there are parts of the book that move a bit slowly in the vein of the latter half of MUG, but being able to see the development of a realistically flawed but deep-seated romance between our main characters provides enough of a draw to get through to the action-packed second half. The ending is quite satisfying if abrupt--it's a shame this series isn't a trilogy because there are definitely many threads left open-ended and a great deal more for our heroes to do. Jaclyn's fairy kingdom--with its unique history, politics and society--is fascinating and I would absolutely have loved for the book to have gone on longer to explore more of it. The lives of the djinn race was also very interesting and explored in a thoughtful way I haven't seen before, and while we do learn quite a bit about them from our new djinn character, again, I would love to see more. Overall, a very satisfying conclusion to Nimira and Erris's story. MUG fans, you are definitely in for a treat! :D

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I must start off by saying really liked this series and that this review will spoil it for you. Magic Under Glass was original and full of good characters and interesting twists, but I had one little, tiny problem...the ending. One minute we are watching the characters despair over being captured and having a horrible time, and in the next chapter everything is all fine and Erris is alive again (finally, it took for-freaking-ever!). Then, after a heartwarming Nim and Erris moment, it was over. I must start off by saying really liked this series and that this review will spoil it for you. Magic Under Glass was original and full of good characters and interesting twists, but I had one little, tiny problem...the ending. One minute we are watching the characters despair over being captured and having a horrible time, and in the next chapter everything is all fine and Erris is alive again (finally, it took for-freaking-ever!). Then, after a heartwarming Nim and Erris moment, it was over. The end. While it was nice to reach the happily ever after,it happened way to fast and without much explanation. I had been so happy and excited to read the epilogue which included Nim and Erris's wedding and coronation, Violet and Ifra's happy life together (I think it's possible!), and all those other millions of loose ends, but when I turned the page and saw the "about the author" section, I nearly cried, literally. I mean, how can an author leave her readers so quickly? It was so frustrating (as you can tell from my rant!) Anyway, I liked this book and recommend you read it (unless you aren't up for a very, and I mean very, open-ended ending!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathy D.

    This is a more than worthy conclusion to the story that began in Magic Under Glass. Erris and Nimira set out on a quest to find the sorcerer Ordoria Valdana, hoping that he can return Erris to his body. Their efforts are frustrated by the inconvenient disappearance of Valdana and the sudden appearance of Ifra, a jinn who is reluctantly bound to the current fairy king and is under orders to find and retrieve Erris. This is a quick read with great characters. It has a bit more adventure than Magic This is a more than worthy conclusion to the story that began in Magic Under Glass. Erris and Nimira set out on a quest to find the sorcerer Ordoria Valdana, hoping that he can return Erris to his body. Their efforts are frustrated by the inconvenient disappearance of Valdana and the sudden appearance of Ifra, a jinn who is reluctantly bound to the current fairy king and is under orders to find and retrieve Erris. This is a quick read with great characters. It has a bit more adventure than Magic Under Glass. The relationships in the story are fairly chaste—just kissing and soulful longing. Recommend to teens who are looking for a more realistic take on fairies and fantasy with lush, gothic settings. Advance reader copy received through Netgalley.com

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maryanne

    I was disappointed because I really liked the first book in this series, "Magic Under Glass." The premise of the first book was intriguing and the romance was poignant and real. In this book, though, it just felt like we were just killing time waiting for stuff to happen. The romance was gone -- the male love interest was cranky and whiny -- and the new characters weren't as compelling as those in the first book. I have to confess, I didn't even have the interest level to finish it. I was so sad I was disappointed because I really liked the first book in this series, "Magic Under Glass." The premise of the first book was intriguing and the romance was poignant and real. In this book, though, it just felt like we were just killing time waiting for stuff to happen. The romance was gone -- the male love interest was cranky and whiny -- and the new characters weren't as compelling as those in the first book. I have to confess, I didn't even have the interest level to finish it. I was so sad about that. :(

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    Magic Under Stone was a little disappointing compared to Magic Under Glass, but still good. Not a lot happened for at least half of the book, and I really wanted to see Erris take Nimira in his arms and give her a deep passionate kiss at the end. However the love story was still sweet. The way the book ends it does seem as though more could be added to the story. I don't think I would mind reading another book with these characters. Magic Under Stone was a little disappointing compared to Magic Under Glass, but still good. Not a lot happened for at least half of the book, and I really wanted to see Erris take Nimira in his arms and give her a deep passionate kiss at the end. However the love story was still sweet. The way the book ends it does seem as though more could be added to the story. I don't think I would mind reading another book with these characters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rick Silva

    The follow-up to Magic Under Glass adds more politics, more magic, and a great new character who is used as an alternate POV for parts of the story. This had a slow build to the action, but it really payed off in the end with a powerful climax and resolution, and a much more epic feel than the first book of the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chrissi

    Oh my goodness! I have been meaning to read this book for years. Literal years. No hyperbole. I read the first book in 2013. 2013!!!! It’s ridiculous that this book has been on my shelves for so long. I certainly think it’s a lesson to myself- don’t leave books too long. However, stepping into this story, it didn’t feel like it had been as long. I was super happy to return to Nimira, Erris and the world that Jaclyn Dolamore created. Erris is trapped in clockwork form. He goes with Nimira to find Oh my goodness! I have been meaning to read this book for years. Literal years. No hyperbole. I read the first book in 2013. 2013!!!! It’s ridiculous that this book has been on my shelves for so long. I certainly think it’s a lesson to myself- don’t leave books too long. However, stepping into this story, it didn’t feel like it had been as long. I was super happy to return to Nimira, Erris and the world that Jaclyn Dolamore created. Erris is trapped in clockwork form. He goes with Nimira to find the great sorcerer Ordorio Valdana, hoping that he will be able to give Erris a real life. They soon found out that Valdana has vanished. Nimira starts to study Valdana’s books in secret, but she realises that freeing Erris brings danger and possible war between the worlds… It’s always hard to read a sequel of a book that you loved so dearly. Whilst this book didn’t quite capture my heart as much as its predecessor, it was still such an easy to read book. The characters are incredibly complex, although I’m sad to say some of them did grate on me a little towards the middle of this book. I felt that their actions somewhat brought the book to a slower pace and I just wanted them to get on with saving Erris. I did really enjoy the inclusion of Ifra, a new character to this duology. He was a very interesting character and added something exciting to the story that’s for sure. I’m not sure that I was overly satisfied with the ending. It felt a little rushed for my liking. I felt like I had a lot of unanswered questions. Whilst I wasn’t disappointed by this book, it lacked some magic of the first.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    Magic Under Stone continues the story of Nimira, a dancing girl from a foreign land, and Erris, a fairy prince trapped in a clockwork automaton's body. I mentioned in my review of the first book, Magic Under Glass, that I was surprised by how much I liked it - I thought it was going to be fluff, but I actually really connected to it.  Ever since then, Nimira and Erris have been popping into my head, and I've been waiting to see how their story finishes and whether they'll get their happy ever af Magic Under Stone continues the story of Nimira, a dancing girl from a foreign land, and Erris, a fairy prince trapped in a clockwork automaton's body. I mentioned in my review of the first book, Magic Under Glass, that I was surprised by how much I liked it - I thought it was going to be fluff, but I actually really connected to it.  Ever since then, Nimira and Erris have been popping into my head, and I've been waiting to see how their story finishes and whether they'll get their happy ever after. So let's get into it, shall we?  There were a lot of new characters introduced in this book, which was essentially a complete reversal from Magic Under Glass, which felt very insular. [I mean, yes, there were more than 3 characters in MUG, but for most of it, it felt like the key 3 were the only ones who existed.]  Even though Magic Under Stone is set in an out of the way place, the outside world intrudes in unexpected and tumultuous ways, and new major players are introduced fairly regularly, making it feel like it's finally time for Nim and Erris to step into the light.  I liked this; it's something subtle, something I didn't really think about until I thought about it (does that make sense?), but it gives an overall cast to the story that fits this stage of their lives. The new characters themselves were interesting. I was all prepared to dislike everyone of them (for no reason other than they were taking my focus away from Nim and Erris), but I actually enjoyed them all.  Ifra, the reluctant jinn (ie genie) was probably my favorite for the simple fact that he best exhibits one of my favorite things - gray area.  He is capable of really bad things, and sometimes even wishes for them, but he is at his core a good, maybe even somewhat naive person, and he wants so badly to just be himself.  I liked his complexity and his struggles. Violet, the unwitting fairy princess, was a bit of a mixed bag for me in that she's whiny and bratty and I really wanted to see someone kick her - but the fact that people called her on her immaturity and brattiness actually made it work, and I grew to see her for the lonely, lost girl she was. Most unexpectedly interesting, though, was definitely Violet's dad, Ordorio.  And the thing is, I can't really tell you why I found him so interesting because it would be a major spoiler, but his was a really interesting story, and potentially really heartbreaking.  Though Ordorio's past and life were very lightly touched upon, and his character sort of rushes everything along when he appears on the scene (which felt abrupt to me), what is revealed about him was just sort of lovely and bittersweet and I think would make such an interesting story in its own right. For the already established characters...again, it's a mixed bag. Nimira comes into her own in this, and decides that she's done being walked all over and is ready to stop being a damsel and start fighting.  You know I love this.  She starts discovering her potential and her power, and is more analytical of her life, and interesting as a result.  But she's not the sole focus anymore, which makes for a different read than I was expecting.  Same with Erris - he's not the same mute clockwork boy anymore.  One thing that I think may turn some readers off is a certain sullenness on Erris' part, and a tendency to want to provoke him on Nimira's.  For me, it made sense given their situation, and I think it allowed them to address some things and truly get to know each other in a way that tapping out messages on a piano wouldn't have allowed for.  It was a necessary step, but those who are looking for things to be hunky-adorkable between the two are going to be a bit disappointed.  Some of the charm and aww is gone, but in its place is the potential for a more mature and nuanced relationship - one in which Nimira has understandable doubts and thoughts, both for the situation and for her age. Any complaints I always had were pretty much the same as they always are with Dolamore's writing - the end just felt too rushed.  Having read all of her books in ARC form, I'm not sure if this is something that tends to get smoothed out in the final versions, but I always feel like the snowball gets rolling a little too fast in the end and gets away from her a bit.  There was some good tension and the feeling that everything was about to get really hairy, which I love, but in the end, she just sells her stories short by, well, writing them short.  Just a little more stretch, a little more worry and room for growth/development would make them feel more complete and...impactful.  That being said, for the first 2/3 of the story or so, I really felt some growth and some new...heft, I guess? coming from Dolamore.  Other than the bit of extreme insta-love, it felt more adult and almost bittersweet than her other books. [And speaking of the insta-love ~ it didn't make me want to claw at people the way most cases of IL do, but I certainly would have liked a little more mistrust on Violet's part, regarding the jinn, given the way things went down.  A little longing to know each other, and a feeling of kinship for the similarities in their lives would have been enough.  A hint of love-to-come was all that was really needed.] And thus the story of Nimira and Erris comes to an end.  There are enough threads left dangling that there's room for Dolamore to write a novella or two down the line (here's hoping!), and I'm glad that everything wasn't tied up with an absurdly large bow.  And even though N&Es story is done, the world Dolamore has created can certainly hold a fair number of people - and all of their stories - in it, so who knows? =D If you'd like to read about how Jaclyn developed her genie/jinn stories, make sure to check out her guest post here.  And because I love you, I'm giving away a copy of Magic Under Stone here (ends 5/5). And if you're so inclined, you can check out what I thought of her companion novel, Between the Sea and Sky, here.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Similar to the first book in that it builds slowly and then rushes to the finish. Unlike the first book, the rush doesn't leave you wanting for more but instead... disappointed? At some point I noticed that there weren't many pages left and thinking that we were going to get a third book because there didn't seem to be enough time to wrap everything up properly. I do agree with the other reviewers on here that felt Nimira and Erris didn't seem to have grown much from the previous book, but I do e Similar to the first book in that it builds slowly and then rushes to the finish. Unlike the first book, the rush doesn't leave you wanting for more but instead... disappointed? At some point I noticed that there weren't many pages left and thinking that we were going to get a third book because there didn't seem to be enough time to wrap everything up properly. I do agree with the other reviewers on here that felt Nimira and Erris didn't seem to have grown much from the previous book, but I do empathise with both the characters and can see why they acted the way they did. (I'm 23 and my natural instinct when encountering any hardship is also to complain about it LMAO.) My favourite character here would have to be Ifra though, especially loved him putting Violet in her place but I wish the ending of him having to compromise his morals wasn't just glossed over in favour of the sugary sweet reunion of our two mains.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Perhaps stronger than the first book. This one provides a conclusion, which through me off a little in terms of pacing, given how used to reading trilogies I am. There are a few scenes (I'm looking at you, Trees) that were fantasy setting/moment magic. The other thing I loved was the house full of women, which lead to the laundry scene - these kinds of slice-of-life moments are rare and precious. I wish I'd highlighted the adjectives, because Dolamore nails that panicky feeling when you tackle a d Perhaps stronger than the first book. This one provides a conclusion, which through me off a little in terms of pacing, given how used to reading trilogies I am. There are a few scenes (I'm looking at you, Trees) that were fantasy setting/moment magic. The other thing I loved was the house full of women, which lead to the laundry scene - these kinds of slice-of-life moments are rare and precious. I wish I'd highlighted the adjectives, because Dolamore nails that panicky feeling when you tackle a difficult job in the midst of other stresses, and realize you're too far in to quit, but not far enough to see which way the tunnel is heading, let alone a light at the end of it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This book did a better job than the first at character building and giving us more insight into the world. However, the pace was a little odd. The middle felt very slow and everything at the end happened very quickly. I actually thought the end happened so fast that there had to be a sequel, but it seems this is a duology. I would've love to read more about Nim and Erris - their story seems unfinished! This book did a better job than the first at character building and giving us more insight into the world. However, the pace was a little odd. The middle felt very slow and everything at the end happened very quickly. I actually thought the end happened so fast that there had to be a sequel, but it seems this is a duology. I would've love to read more about Nim and Erris - their story seems unfinished!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mel Campbell

    It was pretty good, I actually enjoyed this one more than the first in some ways. I really enjoyed Ifra and think it would be neat if we could further explore that world. I HATED violet, so much. But I feel like this story progressed much better than the first book. A pretty decent series, I would have read a third if there was one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    Magic Under Stone didn't really hold my interest. The writing felt dull. While I appreciated the inclusion of a jinn and his reactions to mistreatment and abuse were poignantly written, this wasn't a favorite. Magic Under Stone didn't really hold my interest. The writing felt dull. While I appreciated the inclusion of a jinn and his reactions to mistreatment and abuse were poignantly written, this wasn't a favorite.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    How I wish, wish, WISH this was not the end of this series. If this was the second of a trilogy it would fit. But it's not. And while it wraps everything up the plot is kinda messy and unsatisfying. How I wish, wish, WISH this was not the end of this series. If this was the second of a trilogy it would fit. But it's not. And while it wraps everything up the plot is kinda messy and unsatisfying.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    3.25 stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Project Anomaly

    6/10 Much more plodding and confusing than the last one. Also, I hate Violet.

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