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Magic Under Stone (Magic Under #2)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  719 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
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Jan 09, 2012 Jaclyn added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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
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
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
Erica (daydreamer)
Oh, I'm so excited for this book!
Mar 04, 2012 Nafiza rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley, 2012
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
Apr 05, 2013 Jennavier rated it liked it
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
Ji Mei
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Aug 24, 2013 Leslye rated it it was ok
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
Nov 23, 2011 Su rated it it was amazing
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)
Sep 13, 2013 Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm) rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, review
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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
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
Jul 12, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
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
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
Kathy  D.
Dec 28, 2011 Kathy D. rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2011
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
Apr 30, 2012 Maryanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fantasy
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
Sep 01, 2015 Dasteroad rated it it was ok
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Oct 12, 2014 Sx rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
If Magic Under Glass was fast paced but lacked emotion, then Magic Under Stone was completely opposite. Every single character was so emotional, their emotions practically consumed the whole book.

We are reunited with Nimira and Erris, on their way to find a powerful necromancer that would hopefully restore Erris' soul to his body. Erris' might look human but is in fact, still pretty much clockwork. This totally affects his self esteem as he spends the entire time in the book escaping to forage a
Jun 12, 2014 Elzbeth rated it liked it
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
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.
Jan 28, 2014 Jaimie rated it liked it
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
Jennifer Lynn
Jan 20, 2015 Jennifer Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
With so many books out there now, it is hard to find any that are their own. While this book might have started off with a topic that has been done before, I feel that author managed to create something original and beautiful all on her own. I really enjoyed the two book story about the clockwork prince and the woman that saves and loves him. The characters are charming and lovable. The story itself takes you to a magical place where you can see everything that is happening. I do wish the author ...more
Aither Zhang
Oct 03, 2014 Aither Zhang rated it liked it
I really liked actually I loved the first book and just the whole concept of it but in this book the writing lacked emotion and to be honest I got really annoyed half way through the book because to nimira crying every time she said anything to erris or even if erris talked to her. the whole book was about trying to free erris and bring him to life and restore him to the throne but it seems the whole book was about nimira trying to get her sh*t together and have one conversation without crying. ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Mindy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
Rick Silva
May 12, 2014 Rick Silva rated it it was amazing
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.
Bruna Bellini
Well... it is an entertaining reading.
Very fairytale like.
Here, Nim and her fey prince, Erris, will settle to find for the biggest necromancer, who is also Erris' brother-in-law, that might know how to reverse the curse and free him from the automaton body.
I like how Nim is brave and also much part of the females characters, in this book.
But i think the writer must be obsessed for weak men! Really! I know, that men also has feelings and all, but here, they only cry, hide and feel depressed and
Oct 23, 2014 Kami rated it liked it
- This wasn't as good as the first one. I gave it a generous rating on Goodreads.

- I don't understand why Nim feels so bad for bringing Erris to life. He is in a much better state than before.

- I feel like Nim is forcing herself to love Erris. It just doesn't seem genuine. I think she likes the idea of loving him.

- Nim is so dramatic, and Erris is just as bad.

- The Jinn was interesting, but he was kind of a wuss.

- A lot of the book was slow. It didn't really grip me til towards the end.

- The
Shane Douglas
Feb 13, 2016 Shane Douglas rated it it was amazing
For Nimira, awakening Erris from the spell that trapped him in clockwork was only the beginning. Now she is determined to see her beloved fairy prince restored to his flesh-and-blood self... and perhaps to the throne. But in their search for a spell to aid their cause they stumble upon a secret- another member of the lost royal family, whose existence has been kept hidden from the human and fairy worlds alike. Pursued by an assassin from within the fairy world, and with the smoldering embers of ...more
Raven R.
Aug 21, 2015 Raven R. rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first book.

Firstly Nimira seems to have lost all her courage in this book and mainly because Erris isn't being as passionate as she expected him to. She came off very bratty in this book which surprised me because I thought she got over that in the second book. I didn't Violet because she was nothing but a brat and I felt very sorry for Ifra who was forced to do things he didn't want to do.

The end seemed very rushed, I mean great that they found Erris and
Jan 22, 2015 Ally rated it really liked it
Yes, this is another book from my to-reads list. There are so many books on there (that I actually want to read!). I'm done to 54 now? Hmm... In a few months, that number is probably going to jump back to 60 or something. It always goes up after reading the start of a series.

Anyway, let's chitchat about Magic Under Stone.

Warning: I mostly forgot about what happened in the previous books. It has been a long time since I'd read the previous one. Magic Under Glass, right? But I think it was good (b
Jun 24, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
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
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Jaclyn Dolamore has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives in western Maryland with her partner and plot strategist, Dade, and three weird cats. To keep abreast of new releases, sales, and extras, please join her mailing list!
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