Saturday, February 9, 2013

Book Review: Magic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore

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. (From Goodreads)

Best Bits: I really enjoyed the previous book, Magic Under Glass, so I knew going in that I was going to enjoy the characters. There was one additional character I really enjoyed, Ifra. He's a jinn, and is sworn to the command of the fairy king. This new perspective added a whole new level to the story (and potentially to the world if ever Dolamore wrote another book in this universe). He was someone who understood what it was like to be different (like Nimira), but also what it was like to see bits and pieces of the world but be unable to fully participate in it (like Violet, another new character who I wasn't very fond of). 

Nit Picks: Unlike Magic Under Glass, this book didn't flow as well for me. Most of the book Nimira was fretting about what to do with Erris, and he wasn't present all that much. Yes, the reader knows that trouble is brewing, but when it actually occurs everything happens extremely quickly. It's a lot of buildup for a short number of pages. It wraps up all of the loose ends, but the relationship between Erris and Nimira is very brief. It was cute, but unfortunately it just didn't click with me. 

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under 2)
By Jaclyn Dolamore
Published by Bloomsbury USA
297 Pages
Rating: C


Dazzling Mage said...

I've actually noticed that in the first book too, which was why I, while I enjoyed it, didn't really connect with it much.

Where was the fairy king perspective before! >_<

Anyway, great review!

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