The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) by Andrea Stewart *REVIEW*

The Bone Shard Daughter

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis: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.

Review:I was super excited when I received this book for review from Orbit. This has been on my list of most anticipated releases of the year. It did not disappoint.
One of the shining parts of this novel from the beginning is the magic system. The idea of inscribing on bone shards is inventive and leaves a whole world of possibilities with where the story can go. The magic system felt a lot like the magic system used in Foundryside, which I really enjoyed, but I like this overall story a lot better.
One thing I was not expecting but always LOVE in stories is animal sidekicks, and there were a few that I absolutely loved! Our main “animal” companion is Mephi and he stole my heart from the beginning! If you are one of those people who love talking animal companions, then you MUST pick this one up.
I really liked the atmosphere created within this world with the use of the “wet years”. This entire story feels gloomy and dreary and that is a perfect reflection of the weather in this world. I actually curled up during a few thunderstorms and it was the perfect ambiance for the story.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. There were a few times throughout that the pacing slowed down a bit for my personal taste. I also felt like I wanted more from the world. I just wanted to dig a little deeper. I think that this was a solid first book and I am excited to continue on with this series.

Thank you Orbit and Netgalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.

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