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The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde eARC {3 Stars}

The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde is an ambitious novella packing the world of an epic fantasy into just a hundred pages. I loved the magic based on living jewels and the rigor that magic users must go through to keep their minds from being influenced by those same jewels. However, this just wasn’t enough pages for me to really feel that I got a complete story given everything that was packed in.

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Jewel and Her Lapidary from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde eARC {3 Stars}

The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde
Published by on May 3rd, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Novella
Page Length: 96 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Buried beneath the layers of a traveler's guide is a hidden history: two kingdoms, powerful gems, and the even more 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.

3 Stars


  • I knew right away that I was going to love the magic system in this story. Jewels that are able to bestow specific powers to those wearing them, but only if someone is able to whisper to them and control them by placing them in a setting. Otherwise, the jewels have a mind of their own and a tendency to drive mad those who can hear them.
  • The focal relationship of this plot is two girls, a princess and her jewel whisperer. I love friendships being the driving relationship of a story, even though these two have something between a friendship and an employee/employer relationship.
  • We only get a few excerpts from the travel guide, but it is a lot of fun reading about how later civilizations have interpreted the history left behind by the story we are seeing first hand. Makes you wonder how well we have guessed at historical societies in our own world ;-).
  • There are some events that happen that I really wasn’t expecting and while they were a bit shocking, I do love being surprised!


  • There is a lot going on in this magic system with the jewels, their properties, and how the lapidaries are able to use and control them. All of it seemed really cool, but there wasn’t enough time spent on the internal logic of the magic for me to have really any idea how things worked.
  • Normally I love novellas, but the way this one’s plot unfolded, it just felt incomplete. It really felt like an awesome beginning to a novel, but I didn’t have the rest of it.


The Jewel and Her Lapidary introduces a beautiful and wondrous world with some pretty great characters. However, I felt the short length wasn’t enough to give the magic enough attention and the ending felt incomplete. If a full length novel came out based on this novella, I would read it in a heartbeat.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde

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  1. Exactly how I felt. I really wanted to love this but I kept getting hung up on how the jewels worked and the overall reason for the jewels. Since that’s obviously a major point of the story, I was just lost and (sadly) bored. Nothing much happens.
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