I’m trying to remember the name of a book I read a long time ago and I only have bits and pieces to go off of. So far google has not helped me. Here is what I do remember:

  • Main character is named after a gemstone (I believe it was ruby, opal or maybe emerald). Either that or she has a gemstone in her possession.

  • Starts out in a village.

  • She goes on some quest through the forest (I vaguely remember her not supposed to stray from the path) and encounters will-o-wisps.

  • There was one scene where she is in a fae castle.

  • Fights villain at the end. I’m pretty sure it is a female villain.

I know this is not a lot to go on but it is really bugging me! I remember thinking so highly of this book and now that I’m older I would like to reread it to see if it lives up to my own hype. Any help is much appreciated!

  • Was her name Opal, like this other question (Fantasy book about an (orphan?) girl named Opal, involves gems or stones)? Are any of the suggestions there correct?
    – Laurel
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 4:00
  • It isn’t Deltora Quest and it isn’t any of the books mentioned in the other post either, like Prophecy of the Stones. I am beginning to wonder if I just imagined it.
    – Lynn
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 12:05

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The gemstone element put me in mind of a series I read as a kid called Deltora Quest. It doesn't match very closely to some of your other descriptions, but here is what Wikipedia had to say about the eponymous quest:

Their quest is to find the seven gems of the fabled Belt of Deltora: the topaz, the ruby, the opal, the lapis lazuli, the emerald, the amethyst, and the diamond. The gems each have a special power and are hidden in dangerous locations around Deltora.

Deltora Quest Covers


Sounds like prophecy of the stones by Flavia Bujor. Main characters are Jade, Opal, and Amber, who go on a quest together after meeting.

I randomly thought of this book tonight. I read it as a kid and could only remember a few details. Found it through a lot of Google searching.

  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. Can you show that any of the other details mentioned in the question are matches? Does she find will-o-wisps when travelling through a forest? Is there a fae castle?
    – DavidW
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 3:58

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