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Magic Under Stone

(Magic Under #2)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  819 ratings  ·  154 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 Children's Books
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Jan 09, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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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
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the ending how everything wrapped up. But I'm not going to start with the characters Also I wanted to see them get crowned a couple of months later. It was just like Oh you except to be queen yay! That's it!
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
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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 (storybookend)
Oh, I'm so excited for this book!
Ji Mei
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Aug 02, 2013 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
Jun 23, 2012 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
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, fantasy
This and my other reviews can be found at

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
Jessica Lee
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.3 stars

Very mixed feelings on this book, similar to those of the first book... I don't know how exactly to feel! It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great, either...

Some initial thoughts/critiques after reading:
- Some of the characters were confusing in their personalities and traits (sometimes I wasn't exactly sure why a character made a choice they made, and I couldn't pin down why they seemed so... off sometimes. I don't know if that makes any sense, but... it was just overa
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)
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
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
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.
Kathy  D.
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, year-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
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
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.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Oh my goodness! I have been meaning to read this book for years. Literal years. No hyperbole. I read the first book in 2013. 2013!!!! It’s ridiculous that this book has been on my shelves for so long. I certainly think it’s a lesson to myself- don’t leave books too long. However, stepping into this story, it didn’t feel like it had been as long. I was super happy to return to Nimira, Erris and the world that Jaclyn Dolamore created.

Erris is trapped in clockwork form. He goes with Nimira to find
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
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Perhaps stronger than the first book. This one provides a conclusion, which through me off a little in terms of pacing, given how used to reading trilogies I am.

There are a few scenes (I'm looking at you, Trees) that were fantasy setting/moment magic.

The other thing I loved was the house full of women, which lead to the laundry scene - these kinds of slice-of-life moments are rare and precious. I wish I'd highlighted the adjectives, because Dolamore nails that panicky feeling when you tackle a d
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, fairies
This book did a better job than the first at character building and giving us more insight into the world. However, the pace was a little odd. The middle felt very slow and everything at the end happened very quickly. I actually thought the end happened so fast that there had to be a sequel, but it seems this is a duology. I would've love to read more about Nim and Erris - their story seems unfinished!
Mel Campbell
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
It was pretty good, I actually enjoyed this one more than the first in some ways. I really enjoyed Ifra and think it would be neat if we could further explore that world. I HATED violet, so much. But I feel like this story progressed much better than the first book. A pretty decent series, I would have read a third if there was one.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
How I wish, wish, WISH this was not the end of this series. If this was the second of a trilogy it would fit. But it's not. And while it wraps everything up the plot is kinda messy and unsatisfying.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: grad-school
3.25 stars
Project Anomaly
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Much more plodding and confusing than the last one. Also, I hate Violet.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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