The Jewel and Her Lapidary Creat Fran Wilde am Book Fran Wilde
The Jewel and Her Lapidary Creat Fran Wilde am Book Fran Wilde writes award winning speculative fiction and fantasy She can also tie a number of sailing knots, set gemstones, and program digital minions She reads too much and is a friend of the Oxford comma Her short stories appear in Asimov s, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Uncanny, and Tor.Fran s debut novel, Updraft, was nominated for a 2015 Nebula Award, won the 2015 Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult SFF and the 2016 Compton Crook award for Best First Novel, and was nominated for a 2016 Dragon Award for Best Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy.. Buried beneath the layers of a traveler s guide is a hidden history two kingdoms, powerful gems, and the even powerful Lapidarys who bind them Lin and Sima, caught in a web of intrigue and deceit, must find a way to escape the traps set by the past and save their kingdom.An epic fantasy, in miniature.. Good Book The Jewel and Her Lapidary 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 there is so much to reveal! The complex magic system, powerful gems, the Jewels (the royal family who rules over the valley,) and their Lapidaries, who can talk to the gems and reign in their power. The premise was also great – after a betrayal and a massacre of the entire royal court, two teenage girls are the only ones left to stop the invaders.The Jewel, Lin, is the youngest of the royal family. She has been raised to be a polite princess and to marry, and never received any instructions in politics or diplomacy. But she was curious and sneaked in, eavesdropping to important conversations and learning what she can.Her Lapidary, Sima, has been raised to serve a princess. She never learned how to manipulate gems for fighting, or for control. She only learned how to use gems to bring calm and peace.And now, they must use whatever limited skills they have and adapt quickly, or their kingdom is lost.The story was intercepted with excerpts from a travel guide about this enchanted valley, written long after. And this was a cool concept – what hidden stories lie behind all the places we visit? And all the places we see every day? Who lived there before? What dramatic tales unfolded?I felt the book was quite rushed. Always something happening, and we never have the chance to properly get to know the characters or feel for them. And the characters never have a moment’s break! Their entire families die painfully, and they don’t spend a second grieving. Then Lin, the sheltered princess, is thrown in a dungeon with rotting corpses and rats, and she adapts right away without giving it a second thought. The things that happen to these girls are absolutely horrific, and we never get to feel this horror. I think we should have taken the time to experience it all properly; then the tragedies would have had a much bigger impact.The point of a novelette is to pack a punchy story within the small page count. But here we have this huge, epic tale, in a vast world. I think this wasn’t the best format for it – it should have been a full novel. Still, a pleasant read.