Stolen Magic by Gail Carson Levine is the sequel to A Tale of Two Castles.
the dragon Masteress Meenore, and the ogre Count Jonty Um are on their
way to visit Elodie's home on the island of Lahnt, but before they can
reach the farmhouse, they learn that a sacred artifact has been stolen
-- and if it's not returned within three days, there's likely to be a
volcanic eruption, endangering hundreds of people. Finding missing items
is Masteress Meenore's specialty, and as It's apprentice, Elodie has
already proven that she has some skills in that area, as well -- but it
will take all of the wit and cunning Elodie and her companions can
muster in order to discover the thief in time to avert disaster.
is a solid fantasy with a nice interweaving of mystery. I did not
realize that it was a sequel when I picked it up, though I actually read
A Tale of Two Castles
back when it first came out. It's been a while since then, and my
memory of that book is hazy at best, but I didn't feel like I was
missing much. So, I'm comfortable in saying that you could read this
book as a stand-alone without feeling too lost. It's of a similar
quality to other books by the same author -- enjoyable, but not
phenomenal. Readers who like other books by Levine will probably like
this one, as well.
(Reviewed from an advance copy, courtesy of the publisher.)