The Jewel and Her Lapidary

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From Fran Wilde, the Andre Norton and Compton Crook Award-winning author of Updraft.

The kingdom in the Valley has long sheltered under the protection of its Jewels and Lapidaries, the people bound to singing gemstones with the power to reshape hills, move rivers, and warp minds. That power has kept the peace and tranquility, and the kingdom has flourished.

Jewel Lin and her Lapidary Sima may be the last to enjoy that peace.

The Jeweled Court has been betrayed. As screaming raiders sweep down from the mountains, and Lapidary servants shatter under the pressure, the last princess of the Valley will have to summon up a strength she’s never known. If she can assume her royal dignity, and if Sima can master the most dangerous gemstone in the land, they may be able to survive.


“The central fantastical idea is pretty cool… nicely written… I suspect the world it’s set in might yield more fine stories.” – Locus

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  • Elena May

    It’s an epic fantasy packed in a tiny novelette! I’m really impressed with how the author handled the world building. We jump straight into the action and everything is revealed bit by bit. And th...

  • Bradley

    I know I've only read two of Fran Wilde's tales, but I'm getting the impression that I'm just not her audience at all.I was reading this for her Hugo nomination this year and I had high hopes because ...

  • Althea Ann

    I enjoyed Wilde's 'Updraft,' although I thought it was a bit too similar to Zilpha Keatley Snyder's 'Greensky' trilogy. When I saw this at the library, I thought I'd give the author a second try. The ...

  • Sherwood Smith

    After reading Updraft, which I loved, I put Fran Wilde on my auto buy list.So I was excited to read this novella, and indeed here were the nifty world building and lovely characters that I expected. T...

  • Nicky

    I was pretty excited to read this Tor.com novella, particularly because of all the good things I’ve heard about Wilde’s debut novel. I found it a little too compressed, though, and confusing becau...

  • Basia

    Alrighty. A new low, for me. I actually called Audible and returned it. THAT'S how bad this was. And maybe it would have been a 3 star story. However, I really don't know what the point is. What's the...

  • G33z3r

    Engrossing fantasy as a kingdom based on magical gemstones is betrayed from within, and a young woman of the royal blood (a "Jewel") finds herself the last heir, presiding over a ruin, conquered land....

  • Lata

    I liked the use of the tourist brochure recounting a little of the history that we then get to see. I liked the relationship between Lin and Sima (friendship and servitude together). I was a little co...

  • Hannah

    I feel rather meh about this.Being the sucker for cover art that I am, I had been looking forward to it for a while. I knew ahead of time it was a novella, but finding such a slim volume after paying ...

  • Matthew

    A little confusing at first as you jump in, but a nice little tale full of creativity and a world I wouldn't mind seeing more of in the future....