The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles 2) Book Review

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The Seeing Stone, the second book of The Spiderwick Chronicles series by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, keeps the amazing story going for Mallory, Jared, and Simon Grace. After enjoying the magical journey in The Field Guide, I found the sequel to be a charming and delightful continuation.

In this book, the Grace siblings encounter more enchanting moments and face new challenges. The whimsical world that Holly Black has created continues to unfold, drawing readers deeper into the magical adventure.

The story revolves around a special artifact, the Seeing Stone, which adds an extra layer of mystery and excitement. As a reviewer, I appreciate how Black weaves together elements of fantasy and adventure, making the book a perfect continuation of the Grace children’s magical journey.

Plot And pacing

The story smoothly continues from where The Field Guide ended, keeping the excitement and interest alive. The plot is full of creative surprises, making it like a magical rollercoaster ride of new and amazing things. Black cleverly combines fantasy and mystery, making the story interesting and full of surprises. The speed of the story stays fast, making sure readers are always caught up in the growing excitement.

Character Development

One of the strengths of The Seeing Stone lies in the further development of the characters introduced in The Field Guide. The siblings, especially Jared, continue to evolve as they grapple with the challenges posed by the fantastical creatures they encounter. Mallory’s bravery and Simon’s curiosity add depth to their personalities, making them relatable protagonists for readers of various ages. The addition of new characters contributes to the story’s complexity, introducing fresh dynamics to the Grace family’s adventures.

World Building

Holly Black shows off her talent for creating amazing worlds once more in The Seeing Stone. The magical place with all these fantastic creatures gets even bigger and more exciting, giving readers a wider and more involved adventure. From secret realms to strange creatures, Black’s way of describing things makes the magical world feel real and vivid. And there’s this cool Seeing Stone that adds a whole new layer to the story. It lets the characters see the mystical world around them in really interesting and captivating ways.


In The first book, we learned about magical creatures, right? Well, in The Seeing Stone, things get even more interesting. It goes deeper into important stuff like family, being brave, and what happens when you mess with the magical world. The story quietly looks at how brothers and sisters get along and how trust and working together are super important when things get tough. These ideas connect with readers because they’re about real feelings, making the magical story feel even more emotional and relatable.


The Seeing Stone successfully builds upon the foundation laid by The Field Guide, offering a captivating blend of magic, mystery, and familial bonds. For readers who enjoyed the first book, this sequel proves to be a worthy continuation, providing new layers to the enchanting world of the Grace siblings. Holly Black’s storytelling prowess and Tony DiTerlizzi’s whimsical illustrations combine to create a delightful reading experience that leaves readers eagerly anticipating the next installment in The Spiderwick Chronicles.

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