Book Review: Magic Under Stone

Book Review: Magic Under StoneMagic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore
Series: Magic Under #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books on February 28th 2012
Pages: 291

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 Ordoria 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.

* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from the first book of the series, Magic Under Glass.
Read at your own risk *

First Impression:
Dolamore greatly impressed me with her vision in Magic Under Glass. With that ending, I have been holding my breath with anticipation for the sequel.

While Reading:
Magic Under Stone is a dazzling sequel in some regards. In others, I must sadly admit some disappointment.

If you remember, Erris, our hero, is a fairy prince who through a cruel twist of fate was imprisoned in a clockwork body. Our heroine, Nimira, at the ending of Magic Under Glass had set Erris free… well, sort of. Now with Erris in an in-between state, the duo set out to complete what they had started.

Dolamore casts her tale beautifully. Barely skipping a beat from the first book to its sequel. Even though it had been many months since I have been in this world, Dolamore's writing is as breathtaking as I remember it to be. Lush settings. Multi-faceted characters. Being back in this world was like coming home.

So I feel so glowing about these aspects, where does the disappointment part come into play?

Mainly the ending. Magic Under Stone suffers greatly from the wrapped with a pretty bow syndrome. Erris and Nimira's relationship is almost nonexistent throughout the book… only to then go from zero to 60 in a few pages. It was sad to see all the emotional investment I had in these characters from the first book not play a bigger part in the sequel. I wanted that grand romance back. The pretty bow syndrome then continues on with our villain. A character, who in the beginning, had great potential. I was so sure that he would be the cause of one epic climax. And hopefully, one heck of an evil laugh. But alas, that wasn't the case.

Final Verdict:
For those of you who have been waiting for what seems like forever to see this story conclude, you will be pleased. Dolamore is in top form. But with the rushed ending and everything feeling like it had to find its conclusion, Magic Under Stone feels like it needed to be shaped differently. Satisfying read. But I did want something more from it.

While preparing this review, I found a comment that Jaclyn Dolamore left on the Goodreads book page.


Magic Under Stone FAQ:

Will there be another book?
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.

In a some of ways that makes me feel better about the ending. I really hope that Dolamore is able to write that next step to really put that THE END feeling to this tale.


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2 responses to “Book Review: Magic Under Stone

  1. Oh this is a series? I’ll have to check book 1 it sounds like a good premise. Too bad this one wasn’t better though I really don’t like rushed endings either.

  2. Christina Kit.

    Jaclyn Dolamore is a really lyrical writer. I like her style. And the covers are so whimsical!

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