Since 1997, you’ve been coming to to discuss everything from Stephen King to writing to Harry Potter. You’ve made our site more than a place to discover your next book: you’ve made it a community. But like all things internet, is growing and changing. We've said goodbye to our community message boards—but that doesn’t mean we won’t still be a place for adventurous readers to connect and discover.

Now, you can explore the most exciting new titles (and remember the classics) at the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. Check out conversations with authors like Jeff VanderMeer and Gary Shteyngart at the B&N Review, and browse write-ups of the best in literary fiction. Come to our Facebook page to weigh in on what it means to be a book nerd. Browse digital deals on the NOOK blog, tweet about books with us,or self-publish your latest novella with NOOK Press. And for those of you looking for support for your NOOK, the NOOK Support Forums will still be here.

We will continue to provide you with books that make you turn pages well past midnight, discover new worlds, and reunite with old friends. And we hope that you’ll continue to tell us how you’re doing, what you’re reading, and what books mean to you.

New User
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎10-02-2012
0 Kudos

Stand alone fantasy;female ambassador;city built on top of ruined city where people still lived

I am not entirely certain that all of that is in the same book, but the only other thing I can remember is that one of the cultures in the book had names or soulnames or purposes or something generated by crystals or stones of some kind. It was mentioned on the book jacket (I found the book at my local  library and now cannot find it again-it was misshelved when I found it the first time) but was never actually used in the plot that I can recall.