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Magic Under Stone (Magic Under #2)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  755 Ratings  ·  145 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 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 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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!
Ji Mei
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Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
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
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathy  D.
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Rick Silva
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

It's not often that I enjoy a sequel even more than the original, but this is one of those books. I liked many things about Magic Under Glass, but hoped for more substance and depth in the sequel. I was not disappointed: Magic Under Stone is a wonderful follow-up, and better than the first book in several ways.

Magic Under Stone picks up some months after the end of Magic Under Glass, but little has changed for Nimira and Erris. The fairy princ
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This long awaited novel is the perfect sequel to Magic Under Glass. The story begins exactly where it left off, but introduces new characters that further the story. Erris, the true prince of Telmirra, was released from his original prison, only to be trapped in another. His body is made of clockwork, only his face and hands seem real. Nimira believed she was saving Erris when she freed him from his original automaton body, but now feels that she has trapped him in a body that creates the illus ...more
La Coccinelle
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
Kathy Martin
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to Magic Under Glass has Erris and Nimira traveling north to visit the sorcerer Ordorio Valdana who may have some insight in how to restore Erris to life. Tensions are high between Nimira and Erris because Erris is grieving his old life and is frightened about his future. He is pulling away from Nimira which just makes her feel more alone and unsettled too.

When they arrive at Valdana's house he is away but they discover that he has a half-fairy daughter who is Erris' niece. They also
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book picks up where Magic Under Glass left off with Nim and Erris trying to find a way to free his spirit from his clockwork body. Their journey takes them to the remote home of Ordorio Valdana, one of the greatest necromancers of all time. Though Ordorio is not home, the young people are invited to spend the winter to cheer up Ordorio's sickly daughter Violet. Violet, the only child of the necromancer and his fairy wife is Erris's niece. He thinks he can make her well but the girl is stubb ...more
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sam at A Journey Through Pages
Review from A Journey Through Pages

Dolamore's writing in Magic Under Stone is starting to resemble a cross between the styles of Diana Wynn Jones or Patricia C. Wrede and Maria V. Snyder. There is a lightness to the writing, yet at the same the same times the characters are deep and the world-building complicated.

Magic Under Stone is the sequel to Magic Under Glass and succeeds in being both a follow up to what happens next to Nim and Erris, and being a book of growth and expansion for Nimira. I
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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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