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The Stone Light

(Merle-Trilogie #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,200 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Evil forces have invaded Venice - the city that Merle and Serafin call home. Luckily, the two friends hold secrets that just might stop the pharaoh from destroying their ancient city.

Merle has within her spirit of the Flowing Queen, a mysterious legendary force who serves as her guide. Indeed, the Queen's voice has led Merle to Vermithrax, a winged stone lion. And together
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Stone Light was even better than the first book in this trilogy, The Flowing Queen. Much better actually. It took everything that happend in the prequel and put it on a whole new level. The events in The Stone Light are much more exciting and dangerous, the creatures and characters more wondrous and bizzare. It gets more and more dramatic with every page, without becoming ridiculous. This might be a middle grade novel, but it doesn't read like one, which is another big improvement, compared ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, jugendbuch
4.5 Sterne für eine tolle Fortsetzung - ich liebe die Ideenvielfalt und die spannenden Abenteuer :)

Nur noch das Zarenreich widersteht den Heeren des Pharaos, der mit Mumienkriegern und Skarabäusschwärmen die Welt überschwemmt und allerorts nur noch Ödnis hinterlässt. Und Venedig, die letzte Hochburg, widerstand mit der Hilfe der Fließenden Königin den Ägyptischen Hohepriestern, doch auch sie droht nun dem Pharao in die Hände zu fallen.

Merle ist allerdings auf dem steinernen Löwen Vermithrax au
Asghar Abbas
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was ok

Disappointing follow up
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Da Hörbücher bei mir in der letzten Zeit viel zu kurz gekommen sind, wurde es nun mal wieder Zeit, mich mit ihnen ausführlicher zu beschäftigen. Den Anfang macht der zweite Band der "Merle"-Trilogie von Kai Meyer. Der erste Band hat mir im letzten Jahr schon sehr gut gefallen und ich war sehr gespannt, wie es bei der Geschichte weiter geht.

Kai Meyer hat es mal wieder geschafft, mich an seine Geschichte zu fesseln. Er schreibt das Buch sehr flüssig, spannend, unterhaltsam und trotz so manch unhei
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction, fantasy
Funnily enough, this book is the one that made me want to read this series, because it looked good, and I hate to start things in the middle. But when I picked it up the first time a few weeks ago, I couldn't get into it. Which might be because it does start things in the middle. Picking up right where Water Mirror left off. Merle and the Flowing Queen are still trying to escape the Egyptians on the back of Vermithrax, and Serafin, left behind, is desolate. 

An attack by mummy soldiers and a surp
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Leider fand ich den zweiten Teil der Merle-Trilogie bei Weitem nicht so gut wie den ersten. Zwei bis drei Sterne wären das, aber halbe Sterne hat ja immer noch keiner GR beigebracht.

Was mich an diesem Buch nicht angesprochen hat, war das ganze Kriegsszenario, ich finde Kämpfe generell nicht so spannend und denke, dass Kai Meyer das Thema eh schon mehr als ausgelutscht hat (das sehe ich jetzt so, weil ich viele seiner späteren Bücher vor der Merle-Trilogie gelesen habe), der ganze Serafin-Erzähls
Awesome book. I read the first book in middle school, so I'd forgotten practically everything about the world of this series, but it was easy to get back into the swing of things. One of my favorite things about these books is the juxtaposition of cultures that don't historically mesh - Czarist kingdom and Egyptians and Venice (and Hell!), with the twist of magitech and myth. Definitely doesn't have the same feeling as steampunk, but it has the same mix of the fantastic into a certain milieu's f ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Some interesting but not unforeseeable twists. Like the first book, I love the world building but there are several things that are a bit too unbelievable plot-wise. For some reason it honestly didn’t bother me as much as it normally would. The story was all so adventurous and fantastical. At 11 or 12 I would have adored these books, so maybe it was the younger me coming out. Overall a pretty good book, a great choice for middle graders. I do also have to mention I love Vermithrax, the talking, ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book two of the Dark Reflections series, set in an alternative reality, where Egypt has raised a Pharoah from the dead and conquered much of the world with the help of priests and sphinxes. Hell is a real place and one of the few places not yet conquered. An orphan girl, Merle, rides one of the flying stone lions of Venice to hell to try and enlist Lord Light's help, as Venice falls to the Egyptians.
A good bridge that makes me super curious for the next part. Though for me there were so many questions opened and nothing was answered. So my quest for answers so to say was not satisfied. I hope for a lot of answers in the next part.
Shari  Mulluane
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it
What I Liked. This is purely an adventure story. In addition to the unique creatures we encountered in The Water Mirror, this time around mighty sphinx are added to the mix. And like the lions, some are winged and some are not. Meanwhile, one group of characters stays in Venice while the other group flies off to explore the environs of Hell.

Now this is not Dante's Inferno. This hell has massive talking stone heads flying through the air, mad scientists, mysterious technology and alien like creat
Mar 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jennifer Wardrip
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WARNING: This book is the second in a trilogy.

Okay, so maybe I'm the only one who missed that. When I finally figured it out (the words "Book Two" on the cover were a good clue), I had to run out and buy the first one, THE WATER MIRROR. I read that one as fast as possible, so I could get to this one. The first book was fantastic and ended with a huge cliffhanger. If I hadn't already had this second book in my possession, I probably would have been
Angelique Sa
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, rezi
Der steinerne Löwe Vermithrax, Merle und die fließende Königin schaffen die Flucht aus Venedig und machen sich auf den waghalsigen Weg zu Lord Licht. Sie wollen ihn um Hilfe bitten, für sich und den Bewohnern von Venedig. In der Hölle treffen sie auf ungewöhnliche Kreaturen, sie erleben spannende Abenteuer und erkennen, dass nichts ist, wie es scheint.

Zur gleichen Zeit versuchen Serafin, sein Erzfeind Dario und dessen Freunde eine Rebellengruppe in Venedig aufzubauen. Anführer dieser Gruppe ist
Sep 22, 2008 rated it liked it
As the second book in the trilogy it’s only natural that more of the story and the world will continue to unfold. Unlike some series where each book is its own story, this is one large story spread over 3 different books. This iteration, as it takes the reader deeper into the history and the titans that are clashing, becomes darker than its predecessor, which will mean that the third book will progress even further.

The action in the book is faster as the stakes are higher, but overall, this sto
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
I waited a really, really long time to read this because I loved The Water Mirror so much and I was afraid this book wouldn't be able to live up to my expectations. The problem with that is that the book starts right back in the middle of the action where the first book left off, and I couldn't remember much about what was happening in the story. It took quite a long time to figure everything out again and really get into the book.

The Stone Light also suffers from some of the usual problems with
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, teen
I don't really have much to say about this except that I found it rather mediocre. The first book in the series, The Water Mirror, seemed a lot more exciting, perhaps because at that point a fantasy set in a dark, "other" Venice seemed more original but also perhaps because I was actually traveling in and near Venice while listening to the book on CD. The Stone Light was not really bad, but I had trouble coming up with things about it which would recommend it to readers. With the departure from ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second book in the Dark Reflections series and is the sequel to The Water Mirror. Merle travels with Vermithrax, the stone lion on a mission to visit Lord Light in Hell while her companion, the thief Serafin, joins a group intent on resisting the Eygptians occupation of Venice. The group is led by a sphinx who can appear as a woman. They plan to assasinate the pharoah and it is unclear if the sphinx can be trusted or if she has her own agenda. On their trip to hell, the group finds a ...more
Jul 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 7th and up
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Second in The Dark Reflections Trilogy, Meyer paints a world filled with mermaids, magic mirrors, invading mummies, and obsidian lions. The Stone Light centers on Merle, who with her friend Vermithrax (an obsidian lion), saved The Flowing Queen (a deity). However, The Flowing Queen entered Merle’s mind and now they are on a quest to ask for help from Lord Light, ruler of Hell. Back in Venice, Merle’s friend Serafin, a thief, joins forces with a rebel group trying to assassinate the invading Phar ...more
In the second Dark Reflections book the story fractures, following Merle as she sets off with the Flowing Queen to find help for Venice against the Pharaoh's invading army and also following Serafin's story as he stays behind in Venice.

The story jumps around a lot between the two characters, though Merle still receives the majority of page time. That jump can be a bit disconcerting and was at times awkward. Otherwise the story continues to intrigue me and the world building is excellent. Meyer
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is the truly amazing sequel to The Water Mirror. The main characters literally go to Hell, in search of help against something truly evil, of all reasons... Unlike the first book in the series, this one grabs you from the first page and refuses to let go until the very end. I read it in one sitting on a night when I had the house to myself, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity. Having to space the reading out over a few days would be torture. There were moments when I was genuinely scared, ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Carrie Holder
Feb 10, 2011 rated it liked it
This doesn't have the rich storytelling that the first novel in this series had used to create a "Golden Compass" like tale. The novel goes back an forth between two events. One consists of the takeover of Venice and Seraphin and the other apprentices' reaction to it. The other event takes the reader on a journey to and through Hell with Merle, The Flowing Queen, and the black stone lion, Vermithrax. The reader is treated to a grotesque and fantastic description of Hell and it's inhabitants, lik ...more
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May 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, grades-7-10
In this second installment of the Dark Reflections trilogy, Meyer has blitzed by “Strange,” past “Creepy,” and settled the story in the range of “Bloated Puddles of Massive Sea Witch Corpse Bobbing on the Ocean.” It’s one thing to write of nausea, but it’s another matter to write in a manner which induces nausea.

One big positive: the good and evil of Hell within Earth is much more clearly defined. I don’t feel lost in some spiritual puzzle anymore. The Underworld is one more mortal force, battl
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es bleibt spannend!

Zwar muss ich sagen, dass der Anfang des Buches sich etwas gezogen hat, aber sobald die Hölle vorkam ging es ziemlich flott weiter.

Die Story teilt sich irgendwann in zwei Stränge, den von Merle und den von Seraphin- das macht es zusätzlich spannend, da man immer am Ende eines Kapitels etwas in der Luft hängen gelassen wird und wissen will wie es weitergeht, aber vorher den anderen Verlauf lesen "muss", an dessen Ende man dann natürlich da weiterlesen will; kann mitunter recht
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
De los tres, este es el que menos me gustó, pero la saga es muy buena y siempre la recomiendo para quienes gustan leer fantasy y juvenil.
El personaje del león de piedra es muy bueno!!!!! Meyer me pareció un autor muy ingenioso, y realmente la gente parece adorar esta saga. Es por eso que sigo sin entender cómo no es más conocida. Los libros fueron saldados y se conseguían MUY BARATOS en cierto momento. De tener oportunidad, leanla! eso si, no recomiendo empezar por el medio, porque se pierden el
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
A good continuation to the first book. Ideas of religion are being more fully explored yet still not what I might hope for, maybe it will get even better in the next book. In some ways he's really bringing everything together and writing a good story. In other ways it seems like he gets a little lost and off track from the story. The trip into hell gets a little...long. I think this book is setting up for some really cool things in the next book. A little weaker than the first but feels like a s ...more
Reading this book in German, my second language, was much faster than I expected. The pace really keeps up!
As in the first book, Die Fließende Königin the slightly-disturbing imagery that hangs in my mind after I lift my eyes from the pages is a bit spooky, and the end of the book is as cliff-hangery. The book nicely balances the back-and-forth between following Merle on her journey through Hell and Serafin, still in Venice, but no one is safe, not yet.
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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With millions of books sold worldwide, Kai Meyer is one of Germany's most successful authors. His novels have been translated into 27 languages including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Chinese.

Kai Meyer was born in 1969 in northern Germany. He began college at the University of Bochum, Germany, where he studied film, theatre, and philosophy. After a year, he dropped out t

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