Review: Magic Under Stone

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Magic Under StoneMagic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore
Series: Magic Under #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on February 28, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 297
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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.

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 could actually inherit if Erris does not survive. At first, I was not wild about these decisions. By the end, I was totally sold. Of course, Violet is mostly annoying, but, one thing I love about Dolamore’s writing, is how everything is shades of grey. The characters are all so real, because there are things that annoy me even about my favorites, and sparks of good in the bad guys.

Speaking of things that annoy me, much as I love Erris, which I really do, he was driving me crazy! Nim too. He was all mopey and just wanted to be alone all the time. Come on, man. I know your situation sucks, but it’s gotten better, so why are you grumpier than when you couldn’t move. Sigh. I mean, I get it, but it was painful going through that with the characters. Even the pain is better than if he was constantly perfect, but I just want him to be happy!

There was definitely none of the “we’re in love so it’s us against the world with our perfect relationship” thing that often drives me crazy with YA romances. Despite their feelings for one another, Nim and Erris clearly are having some difficulties. Considering the fact that they had only known one another for a brief period of time and under very extraordinary circumstances it’s no wonder that some peace brought complications. They have to form a real life, normal bond…all while he’s stuck in a clockwork body. Yikes.

Anyway, all of that, even the whiny bits, are just to explain why this book’s so good. Life isn’t always happy, and that is captured in the book. Still, there are moments of joy, moments that make your toes curl, and moments of hope. Also, I loved seeing Nim coming into her own, becoming a strong woman in more than just guts.

I want to end this review with a quote that illustrates just why Dolamore’s series is so wonderful. Every heroine should have this mentality, imho: “I am not going to be helpless while some magical villain hauls off the people I love.” So says Nimira.

This is a wonderful series, and I really hope that more books are coming!

5 responses to “Review: Magic Under Stone”

  1. Stuck in a clockwork body? Strange! I can see why he’s a bit miserable, but like you said, you’d think he’d be a little bit happier now that he can move! I’m not a big fan of books with slow starts, but this series seems to have completely won you over so think I will have to give it a try!
    Thanks, Sarah

  2. Bookie Bee says:

    Whoa! Cant move nless he is wound? Trust me i would never want to be in his position!!
    Intriguing, interesting…Have added it to my ever growing TBR list!!

  3. Nori says:

    This series sounds so good! I definitely need to read these books!

  4. This sounds so good! I loved the quote too. I wish ever heroine would think like that.

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