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The Mistress of the Jewels (Westria #1 & 2)

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She Would be Queen ... but she refused to be a sorceress

The Master of the Junipers looked into the innocent face of the future Queen and spoke softly.

"The mind rules all. Were it not for our belief, this world of forms would not exist at all. You must know this if you are to wield the Jewels."

"I won't ... I must not wield them ..." she replied, thinking with a shiver of he
Mass Market Paperback, 503 pages
Published August 15th 1991 by Tor Books (first published August 15th 1982)
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This book open new worlds to me back when I had just finished high school. The book stayed with me for years and it wasn't till I was out of college that I found the rest of the series.
*Edit: Found it in Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore!

Note-(haven't read yet) I've heard Diana Paxson is a very good author, and have collected several of her Westria novels, which take place in Northern California in a post-apocolyptic future that reverts to feudalism. This is a recurring theme in science fiction called neo-feudalism.

Anyhow, I can only find her most recent Westria book in the library system (Golden Hills of Westria) but after a search there are many cheap copies of this on
Okay, very long, epic style. It was worth finishing, but not worth a second read. Fantasy, sort of King Arthur style. King and his new Queen must learn to control the four "jewels" which represent the 4 elements. Sorcery and stuff.
Elizabeth Clark
I read Lady of Light but didn't like it enough to read Lady of Darkness. In addition, the map of Westria didn't include the sites where most of the novel took place--at least I couldn't find them.
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Diana L. Paxson (born 1943) is a novelist and author of nonfiction, primarily in the fields of Paganism and Heathenism. Her published works include fantasy and historical fiction novels, as well as numerous short stories. More recently she has also published nonfiction books about Pagan and Heathen religions and practices.

In addition to her multiple novels and collaborations, she has written over
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Other Books in the Series

Westria (9 books)
  • Lady of Light (Westria #1)
  • Lady of Darkness (Westria #2)
  • Silverhair The Wanderer (Westria #3)
  • The Earthstone (Westria #4)
  • The Sea Star (Westria #5)
  • The Wind Crystal (Westria #6)
  • The Jewel of Fire (Westria #7)
  • The Golden Hills of Westria (Westria #8)
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