Fran Wilde’s The Jewel and Her Lapidary is one of a string of fantasy novels and novellas that’s finally opened the door to a genre I’ve always struggled to connect with. It’s combination of character and unique world building makes it a formidable entry in Tor’s novella series and another in a long string of excellent work from Fran. I talked to her about the book and what she’s working on next.
One of the things that struck me about the book was how dense and real the world felt. What sort of research went into it?
Likewise this felt both like a complete story and a slice of a complete history. Are there other stories set in this universe?
Yes! The BCS story and more to come.
Is this a universe you’re done with or do you have plans for more?
Did anything not make it into the story that you wanted to put in there?
Oh, interesting question! I don’t think so… but that may be because the story will continue.
What’s next for you?
Cloudbound – the next novel in the Bone Universe comes out September 27 from Tor. I’m looking forward to this because it’s a shift in narrative voice, and I love the story. I’m also working diligently on the third book in the Bone Universe, so that will be ready soon.