Magic Under Stone

Magic Under Stone
By Jaclyn Dolamore
Published by Bloomsbury
Published on  February 28, 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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 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 bring danger—if not out-and-out war—as factions within the faerie world are prepared to stop at nothing to prevent him from regaining the throne.

The cover:  I will say that for the first book, I enjoyed the white hand drawn cover more than the cover that had a model on it. I think I would have liked a hand drawn one on this one also.  The model is very pretty and looks like who I picture Nimira to be, however, some of the whimsy and magic seems to be lost on these covers.  They are very beautiful, but not my favorite.

The characters:  I loved the relationship between Nimira and Erris, even though there was a great deal of tension between them.  I liked seeing Erris as more than a two dimensional character.  In this sequel, I was given the opportunity to see the hurt, anger, and sadness inside of Erris from being trapped in an automaton's body for so long.  A majority of this book spends time with new characters- most of the characters from the first book are not included in this book at all.  Ordorio Valdana who is both a very powerful sorcerer and the husband of Erris's sister plays a mysterious but large role in this book.  We also get to know his daughter and a jinn (genie) who is given the task to kill Erris.  

The story:  I was a little confused getting into this story for two reasons.  One it had been quite awhile since I had read Magic Under Glass and I other than Nimira and Erris, I was having trouble remembering the events of the first book.  This book has more action than the first book, which was very fun to read, but it was also a very fast read.  The love story in this book is very chaste and sweet.  This is a book that I would absolutely recommend to younger readers, perhaps even middle grade readers.  Although there will be no more stories about Nimira and Erris (for now at least) the story ended in a satisfying way, but not completely closed in case the author was interested in returning to this story in the future.

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