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Stolen Magic

(A Tale of Two Castles #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,199 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Newbery Honor author of Ella Enchanted Gail Carson Levine weaves a thrilling tale of mystery in this companion to A Tale of Two Castles.

Elodie, the dragon detective Meenore, and the kindly ogre Count Jonty Um are all on their way to Elodie’s home island of Lahnt. Elodie has barely set foot on land before she learns that the Replica, a statue that keeps her island’s deadly
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by HarperCollins
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Amy B
May 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
I had a really hard time reading this book. Maybe I was reading it at a time when I was too distracted to appreciate it, but I just could not enjoy it. Gail Carson Levine is one of my favorite authors, so I was really disappointed.

Brunkas and bees and "ITS" and Replicas... my brain started to hate reading about them. Ludda-bee and Ursa-bee and Johan-bee and why the heck are there so many bees? And why would they sacrifice their lives to become pretty much nuns and monks to guard a stupid Replic
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I just keep thinking Gail Carson Levine will write something as wonderful as Ella Enchanted and then getting disappointed.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I’m incredibly disappointed by Stolen Magic, the lackluster followup to A Tale of Two Castles. Another fantasy-set whodunit, this book is concerned with the theft of a magical artifact (which will make a volcano erupt if not returned). The mystery lacks much mystery – I guessed the first culprit with pages of meeting him, and could not differentiate the supporting characters enough to care about the second culprit.

What irked me most of all was the constant interruption of Elodie’s story to give
Anna (Unquenchable Reads)
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Original review on my blog: https://unquenchablereads.wordpress.c...

Edition: e-Arc, Edeleweiss
Pages: 214 (that’s what the Arc had), 336 in the hardcover
Series or Standone: Series, 2nd
Published: Arpil 21th, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins

Link To Goodreads:

I’m going to do something different with my continuation of series reviews.

Favorite Character: Meenore. It’s just great. Or maybe Elodie.

Most annoying character: I can’t think of one at this moment.

Shauna Yusko
Hmmm. Not sure. Should I have read book 1 first? Should I have listened to it? All those crazy names and words...I just can't keep reading. It's not the Gail Carson Levine I want it to be. ...more
The Overflowing Inkwell
So much of what is wrong with this book could have been fixed by reading literally the last page or two of the prior book. I never expected to be so let down by Levine, but honestly, this is quite possibly the worst sequel ever due to the number of mistakes in carrying forward the same 'world' as the last one.

1) Goodwife Celeste and her Goodman Twah. End of last book, these spies from Tair delayed their return trip to go back with Elodie et al and took the cog back to Lahnt together. Enter this
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Who is a good person? The person who avows their concern and care for everyone and allows bullying to run unchecked for years, or the person who declares they don’t care about anyone else and dares a volcano to rescue strangers? Hmmmmmmmm?

Note: cool motive still murder always applies.

This book is ripe for discussion about heroism and goodness, and really is a solid follow up to the “don’t judge entirely by appearances” of the first book. Only with more murder.
Kevin Black
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
detective fantasy novel
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ebook
The review I posted on Amazon:

Having been a fan of Levine since Ella Enchanted came out, I was really looking forward to Stolen Magic, the sequel to A Tale of Two Castles. Recently I reread Two Castles in anticipation of its sequel, but after reading the first review here on Amazon I almost didn't buy it. Thankfully, I trusted my gut and went ahead and bought and read it.

I couldn't put Stolen Magic down- I loved it! The mystery was very well done with lots of possible, and plausible, suspects. T
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
I didn’t think Stolen Magic was half as good as A Tale of Two Castles. It has that “tacked-on sequel due to popular demand” feel to it, where the author tries to recapture the essence of the first novel and fails. The plot tries to be a decent mystery but there are so many characters introduced all at once that it’s hard to follow and the world seems small and cramped compared to the first novel. There’s also way too many logical leaps done at the very beginning, with Elodie immediately jumping ...more
Denae Christine
If this is a retelling, I don't recognize it. It was third person this time.

Elodie and Masteress Meenore act clever to save the day. It feels forced, though, probably because the characters know when they're acting clever. Sure, cleverness isn't spur-of-the-moment all the time and can be taught, but it's not as fun that way.

I must not be a fan of mysteries. I hate not being able to trust anyone. Seriously, everyone except Elodie, Meenore, and the count were suspects. Similar to last time, I c
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The language was a bit difficult to get into, but more fun near the end. (I'm still having trouble with this "bee" business!) This novel's particularly fun because it's truly a sequel (which she hasn't done before). The advantages as such is that Levine can start to play with the characters. I adore Mastress the dragon, I adore ITs relationship with Elodie and that IT hasn't a defined gender. This is also a mystery/detective novel that I think is much more tricky than the first.

I will love this
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I grew up reading Gail Carson Levine's stories, and this one didn't disappoint. I love mysteries, and this endowed me with a nice weekend read of wondering "whodunit." I loved the character development of all in the story, but especially Meenore. The book was also a really good sequel, which I always appreciate since the sequel usually isn't nearly as good as the original. My only complaint really relates to myself in that I seem to be getting above the targeted age group. ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
The first book, A Tale of Two Castles, was alright - I can't even say that I remember much about it though. I enjoyed this sequel far less: that is to say, I didn't enjoy it all. It lacked that vital essence that I love in some of Gail Carson Levine's other, earlier books: Ella Enchanted, Fairest, and The Two Princesses of Bamarre. Oh well. ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm about three-quarters of the way through this book and I'm ready to bang my head against the wall. Usually I love Levine's writing (she is, without a doubt, my favorite childhood author), but this book is just incredibly frustrating.

Levine is usually very good at inserting foreign terms into her books in a way that makes them easily understandable, but here she inserts them too many times, confusing the reader. Additionally, Elodie's personality appears to have not matured at all - if anythi
Hillary Rose
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a complete review, check out my Young Adult book blog:

Elodie travels back to her homeland with her master, the dragon Meenore, and her friend, the ogre Count Jonty Um. But they arrive in Lahnt to hear terrible news: the replica of their volcano – which keeps the real volcano from erupting – is missing. The only way to save the mountain is to find out who stole the replica, and return it before time runs out. Elodie, with the help of Meenore and Count J
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked it, but not nearly as much as the first book. However, there were good parts too.

What I wasn't particularly fond of.....
1. It just wasn't AS exciting as the first book. I was a little bored at times even. I had expected more adventure in this one because they were traveling, but it didn't have as much as I would have liked.

What I did like......
1. POVs of Meenore and Count Jonty Um! I enjoyed seeing their inner thoughts and the world from their perspectives. I particularly liked seeing h
Keri Kobussen
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Paper book review.

I started reading this book, not aware that it was a companion novel. Right off the bat, I started getting confused about the characters, the setting, the titles, the author's own created lingo for this world. I gave it about 80 pages before calling it quits. I'm just too confused, and keep forgetting who is who and what is what. There are too many author creations in this story for me to follow naturally without major focus, and I have no desire to search out the first sto
Nov 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was bad. Like really bad. I finished the book but wasn’t happy about it. I will be getting rid of my copy.

I this that this is supposed to be like a Sherlock meets magical renaissance world. The Dragon who is not gendered which was fine except we had to have our attention drawn to it every time it was referred to. IT ITSELF just got old also there were monks but instead of calling them Brother Ben or Sister Marie they were called Bees. Bee Ben and Bee Marie that to me was unwanted lazy worl
Amber Hooper
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this book alright, although I enjoyed the first one better. I first one had more variety of locations and I felt like the sole local of this book being the Oase (with a very small amount of time spent on Zenterum with Meenore and Jonty Um) made this one less interesting all around. I also liked the mystery better in the first one. The classic "whodunnit" didn't work super well for me in this one. ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this sequel. It was a little confusing, the brunkas and the customs on Lodie's island but overall I enjoyed it very much. It sounded like it was going to be the last book, unfortunately. I would have liked to see her as a teenager and an adult. And if she ever found out what the gender of the dragon is and if the dragon ever learns to read?? ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first one. The story is not as good, the telling is not as tight. I don’t remember it bothering me so much in that first one, but man I got sick of the whole “mansion” misusage. Why did she feel compelled to use a fake word instead of just saying “act out” or “portray?” It really bugged me.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t really know what to say about this book. Not as in it was bad, but as hard to describe. It has a super deep plot that makes you want to keep reading and reading and reading. I love how it has an epilogue. Any book with an epilogue is amazing in my book. (Haha see what i did there). Anyways, if you like fantasy, good plots and mysteries , this is the book for you.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the detective story and the introduction of another creature brunkas who can cast rainbows. The monologue of the orge and dragon, which is absent in the first book the Two Castles, allows us to understand their inner thoughts better.
However, I wish Elodie, the orge and dragon weren’t separated. I would love more interaction between them.
Jodi Woody
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite authors. The story did not disappoint. Geared more for younger readers, yet still a fun read. I read book two first, moving backward to book one. I give it four stars, I really liked it.
Robyn Tocker
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the sequel to “A Tale of Two Castles” and this time Elodie and her dragon mastress are tasked to solve the mystery of the missing Replica, which prevents a volcano from erupting when it remains on its stand. This fantastical who-done-it was fun to read and younger readers will enjoy it as much as the first. For the full review, see my book blog!
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is probably fine for a young reader. I love little fairy tales and look for ones that have deep characters. This was not that type of book. I lost interest quickly. But I think an 11 year old would enjoy it immensely.
Oriana Thurlow
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Awesome sequel to Levine's "A Tale of Two Castles!" ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only thing I didn’t like about this book is the fact that Levine wrapped it up so neatly, making it clear she wasn’t writing any more sequels.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Cute story. Not as good as the first one - Tale of Two Castles.
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Gail Carson Levine grew up in New York City and began writing seriously in 1987. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Fairest; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Yo

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