Title: Bone Shard Daughter
Author: Andrea Stewart
Genre/s and Tags: Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Queer Science Fiction/Fantasy, LGBTQ+
Content Warnings: Violence,
Publication date: September 8, 2020
Publisher: Orbit Books
In an empire controlled by bone shard magic, Lin, the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her magic and her place on the throne. The Bone Shard Daughter marks the debut of a major new voice in epic fantasy.
The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.
Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.
Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.
Hello book nerds! What’s this, another blog tour stop? Yes it is! It’s my stop for the #BoneShardDaughterPH hosted by Your Tita Kate! The minute I saw bone magic in the synopsis, I couldn’t resist! I initially thought Bone Shard Daughter sounded like an incredible new SFF novel, and oh, I was right.
With political intrigue, interesting perspectives, and an exciting world-building, Bone Shard Daughter is without a doubt the start of an amazing SFF series.
My thoughts on Bone Shard Daughter
See, before I even read this book I already felt like it was going to be good. And oh yes, this did not disappoint.
There are multiple character point of views throughout the book. At first, it seemed like these perspectives have no connection whatsoever and they could make you wonder, “where is this going”? But as the story progressed, more details about the plot were unraveled, we got to know more about the characters and what they stand for, we start to see the bigger picture, and we start to see how these different lives and stories can and will intertwine.
As I read, I came to love the writing style here in Bone Shard Daughter. Every chapter dove into the characters’ lives and highlighted their emotions and aspirations. For me, the author has a way of winning the reader’s attention through the various tones and attitudes in each chapter.
The plot can seem confusing (especially with the different characters and perspectives), but I was still so captivated. Each of the characters has their own struggles and subplots. I mean there’s political intrigue, there’s someone who wants to prove herself to her father, there’s revenge/rescue story, there’s a rebellion, there’s someone who’s just trying to find out who they are. There are various stories, but we get to see how these characters’ journeys factor into the ultimate plot of the story. I also have to applaud the author for smoothly building up the plot twists! There were a few that I suspected, but there were also a couple that took me completely by surprise! (Oh yes, I’m talking about that ending!)
The world-building was certainly something! Bone magic, mysterious magical creatures, sinking islands, it was all so exciting and yet, there’s still so much we don’t know. There’s so much more to discover in the next books for sure!
I also adored how Bone Shard Daughter was casually queer. It featured an established sapphic relationship and they were such a dynamic duo, too. It was great to see a sapphic relationship involved in a story and a world where it seemed like it was the most natural thing.
Overall, Bone Shard Daughter is a riveting read, one that will keep you on your toes and make you scream for the next book.
About the Author
Andrea Stewart is the daughter of immigrants, and was raised in a number of places across the United States. Her parents always emphasized science and education, so she spent her childhood immersed in Star Trek and odd-smelling library books.
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, and in addition to writing, can be found herding cats, looking at birds, and falling down research rabbit holes.
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