The Fire Opal Mechanism

Fran Wilde
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The Fire Opal Mechanism


This is a cogent critique of religious fanaticism and persecution, wrapped up in an engaging adventure.

Back when I read the first entry in this series, The Jewel and Her Lapidary -- twice -- I thought that it was too steeped in infodumping and wasn't convinced that it held together quite well enough to be outstanding. I re-read Jewel before reading this one, and not only did I come away with a better estimation of the first story this time, I felt that this sequel really leveled-up in terms of plot and storytelling.

Highly-recommended for fantasy fans, especially those who enjoyed The Jewel and Her Lapidary.