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The Bone Shard Daughter: The Drowning Empire Book One (Hardback)

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'One of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time...This book is truly special' Sarah J. Maas

'Epic fantasy at its most human and heartfelt . . . inventive, adventurous and wonderfully written' Alix E. Harrow

'Brilliant world-building, deep intrigue and incredible heart' Megan E. O'Keefe

The Sukai Dynasty has ruled the Phoenix Empire for over a century, their mastery of bone shard magic powering the monstrous constructs that maintain law and order. But now the emperor's rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire's many islands.

Lin is the Emperor's daughter, but a mysterious illness has stolen her childhood memories and her status as heir to the empire. Trapped in a palace of locked doors and old secrets, Lin vows to reclaim her birthright by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.

But the mysteries behind such power are dark and deep, and wielding her family's magic carries a great cost. When the revolution reaches the gates of the palace itself, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her throne - and save her people.

The Bone Shard Daughter is an unmissable fantasy debut for 2020 - a captivating tale of magic, revolution and mystery, where a young woman's sense of identity will make or break an empire.

'A bold, ambitious debut' M. R. Carey

'Utterly absorbing. I adored it' Emily A. Duncan

'A triumph. Memorable characters and bone-chilling secrets that keep you turning the pages' K. S. Villoso

'Begins with a spark of intrigue that ignites into a thrilling adventure' Hafsah Faizal

'Intricate and expansive, incisive and thoughtful - a complex web of political and personal intrigue' Kerstin Hall

'A thoroughly fantastic read and I eagerly await the sequel' Kevin Hearne

'Groundbreaking epic fantasy for a new age' Tasha Suri

Fiction & PoetryFantasy Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 10/09/2020 ISBN-13: 9780356514949  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Andrea Stewart is the Chinese American daughter of immigrants, and was raised in a number of places across the United States. When her (admittedly ambitious) dreams of becoming a dragon slayer didn't pan out, she instead turned to writing books. She now lives in sunny California.

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Customer Reviews

A good fantasy creates a world; this fantasy creates an empire of islands and more distinguished by the power of an autocratic Emperor. Much of this engaging story concerns a magical force wielded by that Emperor in a truly terrifying way. Much of the story concerns a young woman, the daughter of the title, who is beginning to understand the power that her father holds, and who realises that she must learn how to work it herself. This story features Lin, Emperor’s daughter and independent thinker who has apparently lost her memory of her childhood, and during the progress of the book has to discover the basis of her father’s power. The Bone Shards are used to power “constructs”, strange hybrid creatures who fulfil different roles in the empire depending on the level of sophistication of their construction. Other characters appear in the narrative, including Jovis, smuggler, thief and searcher for a woman who is introduced in the most dramatic of fashions. Phalue is a warrior, governor’s daughter and more, but she begins to realise that her life of entitlement is not sufficient when she meets some people of the settlement where she lives in a palace. This is an intriguing and very special book, and I was pleased to have the opportunity to read and review it. The book begins with Lin negotiating the difficult line of dealing with her father who seems determined to cut her out of the succession in favour of her foster brother Bayan. Much of his antagonism towards her is the result of her having been ill and therefore unable to remember much of her life. He continues to work on the constructs that administer, spy on and generally run his empire. Lin realises that if she is ever going to succeed her father and improve the situation for the people she must discover what is really going on at the palace and begin to find out about the constructs. Meanwhile Jovis is trying to discover where his much loved wife is, and his dissolute way of life has got him into frequent trouble. When he is asked to help with a truly disturbing rescue mission he picks up more than he intends to from a truly terrifying situation. His progress brings more trouble to him and those around him a lot of trouble, and the complex story builds with some violence as the very basis of the Empire is questioned. This is a diverse and challenging story of an unusual world. The main characters are complex and powerful portraits of people trying to do their best in extremely difficult circumstances including physical challenges . Each element of the story is consistent and well thought through, and the characters’ actions work well within their context. It is a effective narration of an entire world with carefully constructed society and physical details of a world under threat, as well as internal pressures from the way the empire works. Stewart has been successful in creating a world made up of islands and seas which truly works in so many ways. This is a sophisticated and brilliantly worked through story of loyalties, ambition and more in a variety of locations. I recommend it as a complex and challenging read with enormous inner logic and written in a very engaging style.

- 18/09/2020
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