Magic Under Stone

Magic Under Stone

by Jaclyn Dolamore



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599906430
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Series: Magic Under Glass
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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.

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Magic Under Stone 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 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.
WilowRaven on LibraryThing 7 months ago
My thoughts:I was so fully taken in and captivated by the fantasy world and characters Jaclyn created in Magic Under Glass (book 1) that I was a little worried about this second book. Book 2s don't always work for me. Fortunately I had absolutely nothing to worry about! I didn't think it was possible but I loved Magic Under Stone even more! Picking up right were book 1 ends, it didn't take me long to get caught up with the story. And what a story it is! Part adventure, part mystery, part romance and ALL fantasy! Throw in magic and characters that I really connected with and Magic Under Stone was pretty much a perfect win for me.Almost everyone we meet in Magic Under Glass makes an appearance in book 2, along with a few new characters. One of which is Ifra the Jinn. I can't remember the last time I was captivated by a character the way I was with Ifra. I would gladly read a dozen books solely about him and his life. There is a lot of back story in Magic Under Stone and I really loved how it helped me understand Erris better. I didn't love him as much in this book...but I understood why he did the things he did. Nim's determination is as strong as ever and it was really heartwarming to see the lengths she would go for the people she cared about. Final verdict:If you like young adult fantasy, you have got to read this series. I absolutely love Jaclyn's writing and her ability to fully pull me into a story and keep me wholeheartedly engaged with these wonderful characters she has created. I'm sad that it looks like Magic Under is only a 2 book series but I'm hopeful that maybe Nim and her world will make another appearance in the future. Magic Under Stone is a book I would not hesitate to recommend. It's rich and captivating without being heavy and overbearing. Another great book by a great author!
bell7 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
**Spoiler warning for the first book, [Magic Under Glass]**Erris has been awakened, but he is still under an enchantment and stuck in a clockwork body that Nimira must wind daily. Both Nim and Erris travel to Mr. Valdana, a man who may hold the key to freeing Erris once and for all. Meanwhile, the ruthless king of the fairy court has acquired a jinn, and he is very interested in knowing that Erris - the true heir to the throne - is still alive.This book was an easy, breezy read. I enjoyed it and liked the characters, especially Ifra, the jinn. I cared enough about the characters to read the whole thing, despite its shortcomings. Perhaps part of my problem was that I hadn't read [Magic Under Glass] in over two years, but often things were introduced without really being explained - the workings of magic, for example - and I thought more world-building would have made my reading experience richer. As it was, some things happened fast with little explanation that really seemed to make sense - I felt as if the plot was being shoved into the direction the author wanted to take rather than convincing me with details, if that makes sense. Recommended if you enjoy the genre.
yabotd on LibraryThing 7 months ago
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 Under Stone is that there is conflict -- conflict that should've been obvious, but I hadn't even thought of -- between Erris and Nimira, but their feelings for each other are still very clear. Erris struggles with living inside a clockwork body, while Nimira frets over how this has impacted him and if she made the right decision in trying to save him this way. It creates a wonderful and believable tension between them without creating a complete rift. With so many romances turning into love triangles, it's always refreshing when it doesn't. Both characters have very realistic reactions to an inconceivable problem.Dolamore did a fantastic job blending all the stories of the characters we met in Magic Under Glass, while also introducing new characters and stories. Of all the new characters, my favorite was Ifra, the jinn. He has a complex and tragic story, just as Erris does, and his journey makes me feel for him. Magic Under Stone is told in third person and there are chapters that focus on Ifra's perspective. His story is very important to Nimira and Erris's, but was also very touching on its own. I would love to read more about him and I was always eager to see his chapters.What sets Magic Under Stone apart from other fantasy books about faeries is the style of the writing. The pacing and the style is so unique, I can only describe it as enchanting. When thinking about all that happens in Magic Under Stone, I am surprised at how leisurely the pace felt. There was definitely urgency to continue reading to find out what happened, but the writing itself wasn't urgent. While having a complex plot and many character stories, the novel was woven together so well, that it felt simple, easy, and natural.Magic Under Stone ends similarly to Magic Under Glass. There is a conclusion to the specific plot points in the book, but a new adventure is just beginning. I absolutely can't wait to read the third edition of this series.Final thoughts: Buy it.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
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 discover that he is not a popular man in the neighborhood because of his actions during the fairy human war. They end up spending some considerable time waiting for Ordorio to come home. Erris uses the time to try to recover some of his fairy magic and to teach his niece about her heritage. Nimira uses her time to learn magic.Meanwhile, back in the fairy lands, the ruling family is having trouble with a dissatisfied populace and internal rivalries. When the youngest son brings his father a jinn, he wins the contest to be the next heir. However, he doesn't feel that he will be a good king and he is constantly being undermined by his brothers who feel they are more worthy of the throne.The king binds the jinn to him and sets him off to look for Erris because he is the true heir to the throne. Ifra is the jinn and we get to know quite a bit about him and about the jinn as he searches for Erris. He finds the household and Ordorio's daughter Violet tries to convince Ifra to take her to fairy lands. She is a very sheltered, spoiled and naive young girl but she treats Ifra like a human. Ifra has to follow the king's commands but he has some room to disobey if he is creative. He returns to fairy land without either Erris or Violet.The king binds him more tightly and sends him back to kill Erris' clockwork body and to bring Violet back with him. This time Ifra is forced to obey. But he also puts Violet in touch with the organized rebellion that wants to restore Erris or Violet to the throne.Back in the human lands, Nimira is grief stricken because of what happened to Erris but she still has hope that his human body exists somewhere in fairy and she is determined to rescue him. She and a companion travel to fairy to rescue him.This was an exciting adventure. I think anyone who has read Magic Under Glass will enjoy following the continuing adventures of both Erris and Nimira. They will also like to get to know Ifra and Violet. I recommend this one to young adult fantasy lovers.
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.