Review: Stolen Magic

Title: Stolen Magic (A Tale of Two Castles #2)
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: April 1, 2015
Ebook, ARC
ISBN: 9780062378767
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss


Elodie, the dragon detective Meenore, and the kindly ogre Count Jonty Um are all on their way to Elodie's home island of Lahnt. Elodie has barely set foot on land before she learns that the Replica, a statue that keeps her island's deadly volcano from erupting, has been stolen! If the Replica isn't found in three days, a mountain will be destroyed. And when Elodie ends up alone with a cast of characters each of whom may be guilty, she has to use her wits to try to unravel a tangled web of lies.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carson Levine has written an imaginative, fast-paced mystery that will be enjoyed by fans of A Tale of Two Castles as well as those meeting Elodie, Meenore, and Count Jonty Um for the first time.

My Thoughts:

Stolen Magic is the sequel to A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine. It's the continuing story of Elodie, a small-town girl, living in a lonely world, who took a daytime boat going anywhere. Well, specifically she took a boat to the town of Two Castles. There she met a giant, became the assistant to a dragon, made friends with a princess, and solved a mystery. Not a bad beginning for a small-town girl. Now she's on another adventure with Count Jonty Um ( the giant) and Meenore (the dragon aka her boss). They're headed back to Elodie's homeland, but before they get there they learn that her island is in terrible danger. A statue that keeps the island's deadly volcano at bay has been stolen. And it's up to the trio to figure out who did it to save everyone including themselves.

I really enjoyed reading A Tale of Two Castles, but Stolen Magic didn't quite meet up to my expectations. I didn't really enjoy the story line as I did the first book. However, the characters seemed to blossom a little bit more. Elodie, Meenore, and Jaunty Um's friendship deepened, and Elodie started to come more into her own. 

I'm not sure if there's a third book in the works, but I wouldn't mind it if there was. I do like Elodie. She's embraces her future, and seems to know what she wants despite what is expected of her. Overall, I liked it, but didn't love it. If you've read the first book, you'll want to read this book as well. 

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