School Library Journal says: “This engaging stand-alone sequel to The Jewel and Her Lapidary highlights Wilde’s deft prose and fantastical imagination. Readers will enjoy the intersection of knowledge and freedom to learn twisted into something darker.”
And Nerds of A Feather writes: ” The Jewel and her Lapidary was one of my favourite stories of its length in the year it came out and if anything this story is a step up. I hope this isn’t the last we see of the Gemworld and its complex, evolving history.”
“The Fire Opal Mechanism is a fast-paced, entrancing story about friendship and time travel, as the protagonists race to stop the Pressmen, who want to control all knowledge distribution under the guise of righting a perceived wrong.” – another fantastic review, from Booklist!
“This standalone sequel to 2016’s The Jewel and Her Lapidary keenly explores a dark age when nearly all the magic gems in the former Six Kingdoms are gone… Wilde’s lean storytelling never missteps throughout Ania and Jorit’s dangerous chronological jumps… Readers who loved Jewel will be delighted by this outing.” – Publisher’s Weekly
Cover reveal!! Return to the Gemworld in The Fire Opal Mechanism
The Fire Opal Mechanism and The Book of Gems are set in the same world as The Jewel and Her Lapidary (Tor.com Publishing, 2016) and the short story “The Topaz Marquise” (Beneath Ceaseless Skies). The Fire Opal Mechanism will be published in 2019.