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The Book of Gems

By Fran Wilde
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“A glittering tale of academic jealousy and ancient artifacts, The Book of Gems is a pulse-pounding adventure.” —Katherine Addison, author of The Goblin Emperor

Some truths are shatterproof...


It’s been centuries since the Jeweled Valley and its magical gems were destroyed. In the republics that rose from its ashes, scientists craft synthetic jewels to heat homes, power gadgetry, and wage war.

Dr. Devina Brunai is one of these scientists. She also is the only person who believes true gems still exist. The recent unearthing of the Palace of Gems gives her the perfect opportunity to find them and prove her naysayers wrong.

Her chance is snatched away at the last moment when her mentor steals her research and wins the trip for himself. Soon, his messages from the field transform into bizarre ramblings about a book, a Prince, and an enemy borne of the dark. Now Dev must enter the Valley, find her mentor, and save her research before they, like gems, become relics of a time long forgotten.

More books in the Gem Universe:
The Jewel and Her Lapidary
The Fire Opal Mechanism

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2.5
“Well, this was…different. That’s it. That’s the review. I don’t know what else to say about it.”
“The Book of Gems by Fran Wilde is the third book in the Gemworld series, but supposedly should be able to stand on its own as well. I have not read any of the prior Gemworld books, and although it did feel like some details were lacking overall it was fairly easy to pick up what was happening. This is a short quick read and kind of gave me Indiana Jones, forbidden/cursed object trope vibes. I may need to dig back and read the previous books to get a better grasp of what brought the characters to this moment. 3.5 stars Thank you to Netgalley and Tor Publishing Group for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.”

About Fran Wilde

Two-time Nebula Award-winner Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for six Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, four Hugo Awards, three Locus Awards, and a Lodestar. They include her Nebula- and Compton Crook Award-winning debut novel Updraft, and her Nebula award-winning, Best of NPR 2019, debut Middle Grade novel Riverland. Her short stories appear in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, Uncanny Magazine, and multiple years' best anthologies.

Fran teaches for the Genre Fiction MFA concentration at Western Colorado University and the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She also writes nonfiction for publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Tor.com. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and at franwilde.net.

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