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 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."- summary from Amazon
After reading Magic Under Glass a little over two years ago, I've been eagerly anticipating a sequel because there was such a cliffhanger!! Finally, the sequel has come and it is wonderful. I loved reading about Nimira and Erris' journey to find his body and try to reanimate him. The reader gets to delve more into the fairy world and politics and it's interesting to read about. I will say though that some parts of the journey, mainly some of the time waiting around for Ordorio to come home, seemed unnecessary to the overall story.
There's way more character development this time around with a longer story, and with Erris being able to talk and move about now. Even the new characters, like Violet, Ifra and Belin, are fairly well-rounded. Speaking of Ifra, I liked how Dolamore spent some time with him in between Nimira's chapters. It was a nice way of breaking things up and also letting the reader in on what's happening elsewhere.
But there is still a cliffhanger here too, and I wonder if there are plans for a third book. I would definitely read it and I love spending time with these characters. Sooo, third book please?
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