The Memory of Stone
by Michelle West
Novella of 21k words.
Gilafas ADelios, the man who rules the Guild of Makers, is one of the most powerful men in the Empire. Cessaly is its newest apprentice, a wild, fey girl with a gift for creation.
On the eve of the failure of the two great artifacts given the Kings centuries past, the fate of the Empire rests on the shoulders of Gilafas and a girl who can hear the voices of ancient stone.