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Magic Under Stone
     

Magic Under Stone

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by Jaclyn Dolamore
 

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For star-crossed lovers Nimira and Erris, there can be no happily ever after until Erris is freed from the clockwork form that entraps him. And so they go in search of the sorcerer Ordoria Valdana, hoping he will know how to grant Erris real life again. But Valdana has mysteriously vanished, and it's not long before Nimira decides to take matters into her own

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For star-crossed lovers Nimira and Erris, there can be no happily ever after until Erris is freed from the clockwork form that entraps him. And so they go in search of the sorcerer Ordoria Valdana, hoping he will know how to grant Erris real life again. But Valdana has mysteriously vanished, and it's not long before Nimira decides to take matters into her own hands-and begins to study the sorcerer's spell books in secret. Yet even as she begins to understand the power and limitations of sorcery, it becomes clear that freeing Erris will mean returning him to the fairy capital. But with a new ruling family in power, Erris's return will bring danger, if not out-and-out war as factions within the faerie world are prepared to stop at nothing to prevent Erris from regaining the throne. Only Nimira, with her fledgling grasp of sorcery can help, but saving the man she loves could prove doom for the fairie world and beyond.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
In spite of the book jacket explaining Nimira, the story opens with Ifra, a jinn, talking with his master, an unwell ruler. Nimira's story begins after Ifra receives a command to find and capture Erris Tannharrow. Nimira keeps watch over Erris who is half human and half clockwork which she must turn on with a key. Nimira and Erris choose to visit Erris' uncle who may be able to help improve Erris' condition. When they arrive in Cernan and travel to the uncle's home, it becomes evident that things are not as Nimira expects. Nimira meets Violet, Erris' niece who is very spoiled; Violet gives Erris some focus as she needs to get healthier. The book alternates between Nimira's goal to fix Erris and Ifra's quest to find Erris. Eventually these two threads come together and the pace picks up as Ifra kidnaps Violet. When Violet is kidnapped, Nimira uses her newly-found magical powers to help in a rescue of Violet and to help find Erris. This novel probably would be less confusing if one reads the previous novel, Magic Under Glass. Dolamore does a good job of giving appropriate background for readers unfamiliar with the earlier book; however, Nimira is a hard person to like. While the story has much going for it: romance, magic, a confused enchanted half man/half machine, it lags in the first third and young adults may be frustrated with this pace. First time readers in high school may be a bit confused as the story shifts from Nimira to Ifra but fans of the earlier book may welcome a reunion with Nimira and Erris. Perhaps a third installment is planned to tie up some loose ends of this fascinating albeit somewhat confusing fairyland.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599908229
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

JACLYN DOLAMORE's first book was Magic Under Glass. She spent her childhood reading as many books as she could lug home from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and two black tabbies.
www.jaclyndolamore.com
JACLYN DOLAMORE is the author of Magic Under Glass and Between the Sea and Sky. She spent her childhood reading as many books as she could lug home from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food.
www.jaclyndolamore.com

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Magic Under Stone 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I was a little worried when picking this one up. It's been a long time since I read the first, and the details seemed a little fuzzy. Surprisingly, it seemed to matter very little the more the book progressed. I find Nimira to be an interesting character. She really shows a lot of strength through out this entire book. She's willing to journey to the ends of the earth in hopes that a single man might be able to help Erris. I loved that she took matters into her own hands and decided to learn magic. She knows she only human, at the her powers may be week. That doesn't stop her from learning all she can. And when the time comes for her to journey into the fairy realm, she doesn't hesitate. She knows what she has to do. While I loved Nimira throughout the entire story, I felt disconnect from Erris. The story is lacking his voice. I don't understand him. Since he tends to shut Nimira out, we don't gain much knowledge through her. He's really struggling with who he is, and thus seems to drag the story down a little. I also disliked Valanda's daughter, Violet immensely. She honestly didn't seem to have a redeeming quality about her. My favorite new character was the jinn, Ifra. There was something about his personality and what he was that completely captured my attention. I also really liked learning more about Valdana. He's a complex character who barely makes an appearance in the story, but his impact seems great. I loved the ending. I could see the story ending here, but I really hope there is more. I feel like Nimira has more to give. And, I really want to see were Erris' new journey may take him!
KatnissChameleonKat More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I absolutly couldn't put it down. It is filled with everything a book should have. You have to check it out as soon as possible.
JaniJon More than 1 year ago
Magic Under Stone was just as wonderful, if not better, than Magic Under Glass. Once again, I have to express my admiration for Dolamore's effortless skill at weaving realistic and mature concepts into young adult fiction. Dolamore is a magician in the way she deftly sets the stage for her characters to achieve milestone-marking epiphanies (e.g., when Nimira realizes that a change in perspective can mean the difference between good and evil). There aren't enough words to express the amount of respect I have for young adult authors, like Dolamore, who exercise their writing talents to break down so-called “complicated” topics into size-able chunks that readers of any age group can relate to and understand. Dolamore ends Magic Under Stone in a satisfying way that both concludes book #2 and leaves the possibility open for book #3, which I dearly hope is the case. I rate Magic Under Stone five out of five stars and would rate higher if that was possible. I HIGHLY recommend Magic Under Stone.