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Magic Under Stone (Magic Under #2)

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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 Ordoria 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...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Jan 09, 2012 Jaclyn added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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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...more
Thank God it's over. Review later, maybe.


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...more
Erica (daydreamer)
Oh, I'm so excited for this book!
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...more
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...more
Ji Mei ^_^
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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...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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. T...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
I think this is part of a series, but I just jumped in with this book. However, it was pretty easy to follow the storyline even if their is a prequel. Erris is trapped in an automaton body and Nimira wants nothing more than to free him. Together, they travel to see a man they are told might be able to help, but when they arrive, he's not there. They decide to wait for is return at his house with his housekeeper and daughter,Violet. During their stay, however, a jinn attacks and kidnaps Violet, "...more
You know what? This book was actually okay. If possible, I would have given it 3.5 stars. Not being a huge steampunk or fantasy fan, I found myself nonetheless holding up until 3 a.m. to finish the book. There are a number of things I appreciated about it:

1. From a narrative standpoint, the author masterfully and vividly depicted the
2. There was no overt, grandiose sex scenes…. and I couldn't be happier about it. I work with young teens and feel like I can safely recommend this book without cor...more
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.
Although I just moderately enjoyed Magic Under Glass, I had a newfound appreciation for it after finishing Magic Under Stone. This sequel lacked the charm of and had a different mood from its predecessor, and although it’s on the shorter side, seemed to drag on and on. (Side note: I think both titles would have benefited from being combined into one longer but less padded novel.)

Magic Under Stone had way too much of not-so-much going on. Many chapters were spent settled in Ordorio Valdana’s hous...more
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.
As expected, full of angst and feelings and absolute cuteness. I love the enlightening fantasy this book, along with 'Magic Under Glass', provides. It's a light, quite short story, but it's beautiful in ways I can't describe. Not just beautiful, but also original. The world it describes is enticing, though I wish we could've gotten to see and know Nimira's homeland, Tiansher, more closely.

What I found most delightful of this book is the way I could relate to Nimira. She was mature for her age, h...more
Nimira has Erris--sort of. He's still in his clockwork body, and she has no idea how to find his body, or if his body is even alive. They need help, and they find it in some odd places.

I really like Nimira as a heroine. She's strong without being too outside society's norms--or, at least most of the time, as there are a few instances where she's still learning some of society's norms. She was trying so hard to be strong for Erris, but there were instances when what she thinks she needs takes ove...more
I desperately want to read this book!!! I absolutely LOVED Magic Under Glass. Actually, I think I'm gonna have to read it again...I miss the characters!

Review: Well, I enjoyed the book, but I think I hyped it up too much in my head. The characters seemed...different and there were a lot of loose ends that weren't tied up (view spoiler)...more
The second story begins after Nimira has managed to “free” Erris, sort-of, from his clockwork body. Unfortunately, there is some necromancer magic going on that involves Erris’ soul being alive within the clockwork frame, but he no longer has a body. Erris and Nimira have learned of a powerful necromancer who may know the answers to Erris’ problem, so they set out on a journey.

What they soon discover is a treat for Erris who believed all his royal family had been killed 30 years ago during the f...more
It seems like with every one of Jaclyn Dolamore's books her talent as an author grows tremendously, and that was just the cause with Magic Under Stone, Dolamore's third book and the sequel to Magic Under Glass. From the first page, I was thrown back into the mysterious, deadly, and thrilling world of Nimiara and Erris, who are still on the search to find a way to free Erris from the clockwork. However, the trail is filled with twists, turns, and surprises that no one could have expected. I loved...more
4.5 /5 stars.

Now that she’s helped Erris gain a kind of half-freedom from his life of mechanical imprisonment, Nimira begins to wonder if she’s done the right thing. Still partially made of clockwork, Erris’s soul remains trapped in his metal body. Erris begins to grow distant, mourning the life that was stolen from him and the people he’s lost. On the recommendation of their benefactor, Nimira and Erris set out to find the sorcerer Valdana who may have the answers they’re looking for to finall...more
Magic Under Stone was just as wonderful, if not better, than Magic Under Glass. Once again, I have to express my admiration for Dolamore's effortless skill at weaving realistic and mature concepts into young adult fiction. Dolamore is a magician in the way she deftly sets the stage for her characters to achieve milestone-marking epiphanies (e.g., when Nimira realizes that a change in perspective can mean the difference between good and evil). There aren't enough words to express the amount of re...more
Magic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore is another book that I have been highly anticipating. I absolutely adored the enchanting Magic Under Glass and could not wait to continue Erris and Nimira's story.

At the end of Magic Under Glass, I felt like the adventure was just beginning for Erris and Nimira. It was just as much a beginning as an ending. Idealistically, I always hope for a happily ever after, even though I know that there needs to be some conflict for the story. What I enjoyed about Magic...more
Best Bits: I really enjoyed the previous book, Magic Under Glass, so I knew going in that I was going to enjoy the characters. There was one additional character I really enjoyed, Ifra. He's a jinn, and is sworn to the command of the fairy king. This new perspective added a whole new level to the story (and potentially to the world if ever Dolamore wrote another book in this universe). He was someone who understood what it was like to be different (like Nimira), but also what it was like to see...more
La Coccinelle
This book was so bad, I almost feel like laughing. You have to have a sense of humour after spending hours reading something so disappointing.

I was somewhat entertained by the first book, Magic Under Glass. But when I started in on the sequel, it quickly became apparent that it didn't have nearly as much polish or attention paid to it as its predecessor. There were so many clunky bits of writing and so many little out-of-place details that had me scratching my head.

I mentioned in my review of Ma...more
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Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift s...more
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