Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Fire Opal Mechanism by Fran Wilde

Can’t-Wait Wednesday, aka Waiting on Wednesday, is a weekly meme originating from Jill at Breaking the Spine and now hosted by Wishful Endings. If you’re interested in participating, stop by Wishful Endings to link up your posts.


Jewels and their lapidaries and have all but passed into myth.

Jorit, broke and branded a thief, just wants to escape the Far Reaches for something better. Ania, a rumpled librarian, is trying to protect her books from the Pressmen, who value knowledge but none of the humanity that generates it.

When they stumble upon a mysterious clock powered by an ancient jewel, they may discover secrets in the past that will change the future forever.


I’m a huge fan of Fran Wilde’s work and enjoyed her first Gemworld novella. Really looking forward to another story set in this world. Also, just look at that gorgeous cover by Tommy Arnold! The Fire Opal Mechanism is set to arrive June 4th from

14 thoughts on “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Fire Opal Mechanism by Fran Wilde

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I really love the magic system in this one. I am hoping for a little more world building in the next book, it’s tough because they’re novellas so it’s a much tighter story, ya know?

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